Popdust Presents | PRETTYMUCH the best thing you'll hear all day

Andrew Karpan 08/23/17

A rising boyband performs a little a capella and answers our pressing questions.

Shortly after their Teen Choice Awards performance, Simon Cowell's latest boyband stopped by Popdust's New York offices to perform an a cappella version of "Would You Mind," beatboxing the tight beat of their debut single into a handclap symphony of pop perfection.

Watch below:

While you were busy crying profusely about the breakup of the only band of the 21 st century that mattered (you know the one, guys), the impresario behind Fifth Harmony and Little Mix, along with our good friends Liam, Harry and Zayn (team Zayn forever), was busy putting together another band of alarmingly cute boys in order to fill the void in our collective hearts. As you can see above, I bring good news: that band is PRETTYMUCH and the boys are alarming. They are, ahem: Austin Porter, Brandon Arreaga, Edwin Honoret, Nick Mara and Zion Kuwonu.

But Cowell's acumen is largely where the surface level comparisons with One Direction ends. Their debut single, which they performed live for the first time earlier this month at the Teen Choice Awards and was, admittedly, penned by the some of the same people behind "What Makes You Beautiful" as well as "One More Night" and "Can't Feel My Face" is a burst of the kind of pure Backstreet Boys adrenaline that pop music hasn't heard since the early Bush administration.

And if you haven't caught their TV debut, there's something else you should know: these boys can dance. For the past two years, they've been holed up together in LA practicing their moves, accruing over a hundred thousand followers on Instagram before releasing a single note. Unlike One Direction, which Cowell formed out of 2010 contestants on The X Factor, PRETTYMUCH were put together after Cowell discovered each of them busting their own moves on Instagram. They named themselves after their own ability to overpower you with vocal harmonics, you think you've heard melisma before? Well, then you haven't heard PRETTYMUCH.

But will these handsome lasses from the States be able to the fill the anglophile dreams of many an earnest teen?

The band also stayed around to give some of their opinions on the leading issues of the day. Fidget spinners: did they really make any sense? What about that Leonardo DeCaprio? Does ol' Jack Dawson still resonate with today's teens?

Catch our conversation below:

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Andrew Karpan is the greatest producer who ever produced. You come on his programing, you come correct. Do you think your hot band has what it takes to impress him with your social media following? Sounds like you should be following him on Twitter.

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Listen to the official audio for "Would You Mind" below. It is out now via Columbia.