I am not against some good Halloween-themed K-pop fun. As eager as the industry is to churn out wintery releases in December, few idol acts ever embrace the inherently goofy potential of Halloween. T1419 (we’re gonna change that mouthful of a name upon debut, right??) are teasing their upcoming music with pre-release track Dracula. And, the music isn’t all they’re teasing. In the accompanying video, their faces are obscured by ghoulish make-up, leaving their actual appearance a mystery for now.
The group hails from the same agency as Momoland, so you know they love a good gimmick. And on the surface, Dracula certainly plays to novelty. But if I’m being honest, I wish the actual music leaned further in that direction. I want maniacal laughter and haunted house screams. Instead, Dracula comes across as “boy group 101.” It’s a perfectly solid concoction, but not much about it is unique. Its rap verses have a satisfying bounce to them, as the track gurgles with bass and a squeaky synth sample. However, I feel like I’ve heard this all before.
The same could be said about Dracula’s chorus, which isn’t much of a chorus at all. The instrumental fleshes out to offer more oomph, but this centerpiece lacks a memorable hook. Instead, the guys chant “dracula!” with an energy that’s not nearly as silly or unhinged as it needs to be. The ascending melody that precedes this moment is simple in a workmanlike way, getting the job done without elevating the track. Hopefully the group’s debut will offer a more unique point of view.