Sure, they are influenced more and more nowadays by their label and mainstream media; they ARE a pop band. But you can see from their performances the attitude, the feeling of enjoying the music and rocking out. It's not over-exaggerating, it's not forced. It comes out naturally. Now THAT is rock.
And then add to the fact that they are all cute, adorable, not to mention very hot, you got the complete package that is SCANDAL. Oh, I forgot to mention (but we all know this) that their songs are good. Awesome good. ^___^
Those were exactly the words that I was looking for - they were a COMPLETE PACKAGE right down from the get-go. We got the absolutely awesome music that you were talking about; we got real talent that made the music so; we got the looks that we both went gaga for; we got the natural stage presence we both seem to watch out for in any band; we got almost everything in between. The only possible thing that was left for me to do after having watched that vid were two things - I had to listen to more songs, and I had to spread the word about them, pronto.
And I also agree with that downside that they're becoming more mainstream by the years; some people call this as some sort of a "maturity move" having been pondered upon by the band members among themselves. I would still seldomly doubt it, though, and would rather kiddingly attribute it to an occultic lodge called Sony Music and their capitalistic warlocks and witches - just like what guys like them did to Beiber, Gaga, SNSD, etc., but that's just my opinion; the former could be true, and if that's the case, I might really consider acting on some things as a listener in effect of several potential career-killing factors that I wrote [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. They never forced anything to us; fans can't force anything to them; we just simply liked them, and we'll dislike them when a certain day comes.
Note: When we say "mainstream", it could be either a good thing or a bad thing. Mainstream (the bad thing) is when an artist runs after the popular audience - and leaves people like me. Mainstream (the good thing), on the other hand, is when the popular audience runs after the artist - and people like me ride along with them.
But I gotta say, they were every rock nerd's dream band. We have yet to see another thing like this on stage. I swear if either one of them would do a guitar flip or do a "Pete-Wentzy" type of performance in a live show, and if Rina would start using double-pedals in their music, they're stuck in my hall of fame forever.
- Only in our wildest imaginations could we see them perform in these attires. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
And only in our wildest dreams could we see girl bands like SCANDAL perform the way these guys do.
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(Dang it. If you were here in Quezon City, we could cover this song, man. I'll take the drums! I suddenly missed those days when this song was my anthem and not Tokyo Skyscraper. LOL!)