BiS' third generation is the group's current line-up, having been active since August 2019.
- Toggy (Founding member)
- Ito Musensiteebu (Founding member)
- Chantmonkee (Founding member)
- Neo Trees (Founding member)
Special Limited Members
- Manako Chiii Manako (Founding member, withdrew August 13th, 2019)
- Zuzu Death (Joined September 29th 2019, withdrew October 7th, 2019)
On March 30, at WACK EXHiBiTiON, BiS' second generation announced that they were to disband. At the same time, Watanabe Junnosuke announced his intention to reboot the group for a second time, and auditions for new members was opened immediately. The requirements for joining the group was to be a woman aged 18 to 28, who "understood the true meaning of Original BiS". When later asked to clarify, Watanabe stated that the girls would be willing to do anything to promote the group.
On June 11, exactly one month after the second generation's disbandment, the founding members of third generation BiS were revealed as Manako Chiii Manako, Chantmonkee, Neo Trees, Toggy and Ito Musensiteebu. In a similar tradition as BiSH and POP, each member's eyes were obscured until they each got 15000 twitter followers.
The same day, BiS' third generation announced that they would release their first album on August 11. Titled, Brand-new idol Society, it shared the same name as the debut release of their first-generation. Prior to the album's release, a demo version of the track "BiS3" was released on their Soundcloud, with Watanabe's vocals.
On June 25, BiS released another song from the album, STUPiD, this time with the member's vocals. In the weeks leading up to its release, most of the tracks from "Brand-new idol Society" were released for free weekly on Soundcloud and Dropbox.
From July 20 to the 28th, BiS appeared in record stores handing out flyers containing QR codes to download the remaining tracks. As none of the members had yet reached the minimum target of twitter followers to reveal their faces publicly, they all wore visors that obscured their eyes, in a similar vein to the underground idol group ・・・・・・・・・.
Ito Musensiteebu was the first member to reach the 15000 follower goal and reveal her face on August 1. Manako Chiii Manako soon followed just a few hours later. By August 3, every member had reached their goal and shown their faces.
BiS' third generation officially debuted during the WACK presents DREAMLIGHTS in TIF live set on August 4.
On August 13, just one day before the release of Brand-new idol Society, Manako Chiii Manako suddenly withdrew from BiS.
BiS held their first one-man live of the third generation, "THiS is BiS", on August 18. Tickets were made to purchase over the phone, where members of the group answered. As the show concluded, Junnosuke Watanabe announced that auditions for Manako's replacement would be held immediately until August 31.
On September 17, BiS began a monthly radio show on JFN Park, "BiS no PARK LiFE", succeeding the "BiS no Honne or DIE" radio show from their second generation.
A new member, Zuzu Death, was accidentally leaked by the website StoryWriter on September 29. Her addition was officially confirmed the following day, and her twitter account was launched, again, with her face hidden.
On October 7, it was announced that Zuzu Death had already left BiS, just one week after joining.
The 2nd and 3 November saw the group's first marathon and race against CARRY LOOSE broadcast on Japanese streaming service Nicovideo, the winner of which would be the main act of a 2-man live with the loser. CARRY LOOSE were victorious against BiS and following this, a joint promo live for BiS' debut single and the CARRY LOOSE album took place at Tower Records Shibuya.
BiS's first major single of the third generation, DEAD or A LiME, was released on November 20.
On January 29, a re-recorded version of Brand-new idol Societywas released.
The third generation's second album, LOOKiE, was released on February 5. Like Brand-new idol Society, tracks from the album were released for free digitally.
On April 30, BiS released the free digital single, IT'S TOO LATE.
BiS' second major single of the third generation, DESTROY, received a surprise guerilla-style release on May 20. Less than a month later, a second guerilla single, CURTAiN CALL was released. For both of these singles, fans were encouraged to find the songs through Google, where they had been hidden on an undisclosed website as opposed to more traditional music distribution methods.
On July 8, BiS guerilla-released a cassette tape, Imitation Sensation, at Tower Records branches. The cassette combined their previous two singles with two new songs, one of which was a secret track on Side B. Two days later, BiS announced a seven-song EP, ANTi CONFORMiST SUPERSTAR, to be released on August 18.
Soon after the release of ANTi CONFORMiST SUPERSTAR, BiS announced the release of a set of compilation albums, "Propaganda" to "PROPAGANDA", in which almost all tracks would be chosen by fans. In addition, a blu-ray release of their HEART-SHAPED BiS IT'S TOO LATE EDiTiON NO AUDiENCE LiVE performance was released on October 14. "Propaganda" to "PROPAGANDA" was ultimately released on November 25.
On December 23, BiS suddenly announced the release of a new single, COLD CAKE, which would be made available the same day. However, instead of being made available to buy in-store, the single was only available as a prize in Sega UFO Catcher games.
BiS announced on January 11 that a sub-label had been launched under Nippon Crown had been launched exclusively to release BiS' works, named ULTRA STUPiD RECORDS. Their first confirmed release under the label, KiLLiNG IDOLS, was released on February 24. Leading up to its release, several of its tracks were released in advance as digital singles. COLD CAKE was also re-released in stores.
In early April, it was announced that AKB48 member Kashiwagi Yuki (as Yuki Reysole) would be joining BiS temporarily sometime in the near future. Further details were revealed on May 15, with the announcement that BiS would release a single with Yuki concurrently with six other WACK singles that would include her on August 31st. However, all seven singles were later postponed so that Yuki could receive emergency surgery.
On May 26, BiS released the double A-side single, TOUCH ME / LOVE.
Just a month after the release of TOUCH ME / LOVE, BiS released another single, IMAGINE? The single was a cover of a song by BEAT CRUSADERS, and was released guerilla-style, limited to 100 copies and priced at 6969 yen, and promoted their live tour, ARABAKI×BiS GiP! -GREAT iDOL PURiTANS-, in which they would perform alongside Hidaka Toru from BEAT CRUSADERS. The single was the first in a three-part series of monthly guerilla releases, containing covers by artists who would accompany them on the tour.
In early July it was discovered that Tower Records Shibuya accidentally double-booked release events for BiS' TOUCH ME / LOVE, and "PvP", the debut album by idol group, ZOC, at the same time, on July 12th. After becoming aware, Watanabe Junnosuke and ZOC's Oomori Seiko (who had performed wit BiS' first generation in the past) publicly discussed turning the mishap into a joint event over twitter, to the amusement of both group's fanbases. The following day, it was confirmed that the mistake was to become a joint event instead.
BiS released their second ARABAKIxBiS commemorative single, PMA（Positive Mental Attitude）, on July 29th. The single was a cover of a song by KEMURI, whose vocalist, Noriaki Tsuda, was one of the featured guests on the tour.
On August 18th, it was announced that a joint audition for additional BiS and ASP members would take place, signalling the end of BiS' two years of line-up stability. A week later, BiS released their last ARABAKIxBiS commemorative single, BASIS. This song was a cover of a track by BRAHMAN, whose bassist, RONZI, was the third featured musician on the tour.
After over a month of uncertainty, a new release date for BiS' single with Yuki Reysole, as well as every other since she would feature in, was announced for November 30th.
On October 3rd, BiSZOC, a collaboration between BiS and ZOC was announced, with the two groups releasing a joint single, Katsurei Girl / BEGGiNG, on November 3rd, and a joint tour later that month. Soon after, BiS' collaborative single with Yuki Reysole, Kashiwagi Yuki Nari no BiS-ANYTiME ANYTHiNG- will also bereleased.
- [2019.09.17] BiS no PARK LiFE
- Instead of roles, third-generation members are assigned a word that is usually displayed on their uniform. The words are typically swears or sexual terms.
- WACK AUDiTiON CAMP 2019 finalists U Nko and Ryo both auditioned for this incarnation of BiS but did not pass.
- The third generation of BiS do not perform any songs from the group's first two generations.
- It is the first BiS generation to have no involvement from its founder, Pour Lui.
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