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.
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.
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:
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.