I know P-Pop imitations of K-Pop are a tricky topic in the blogosphere but I couldn’t resist posting about 1:43 after hearing about them in a social network site.
On the surface, the P-Pop group 1:43 seems quite “inspired” by K-Pop acts like 2AM and 2PM. Very Asian-looking members, Korean styling, chiselled abs — the packaging and looks definitely takes the cue from the popularity of Korean boy bands. Just check out the photos below (The lettering and the styling should be very familiar to K-Pop fan boys and girls):
But no hate or even disdain from this end though (unlike with some other P-Pop groups). I actually like and respect the fact that this P-Pop boy band is actually NOT trying to sound like a bad imitation of K-Pop. Their vocal blending is decent and the music is definitely Pinoy in a revamped 90’s sound kind of way. It’s not good yet. But it’s not too bad either. Hope they get better.
PS: They do seem to have that Jeremiah-ish-nanghihinayang-vibe-working-for-them. ^^