ONEUS don’t seem to know the meaning of the word “hiatus,” as they’ve stuffed their time between comebacks with a new project. ONEUS Theatre acts as a platform for performance-oriented videos, already encompassing several routines from years past. This time, the guys have delivered an entire song. Shut Up 받고 Crazy Hot has been kicking around for several years now, known under its original title – um… “Shut Up 받고 Crazy Ho.” I can see why they opted to change that last word!
In this case, the track has been remixed for official release, and is all the stronger for it. Given its nature as a performance showcase, I assumed Shut Up would be more bluster and bombast than full-fledged song, but there’s a surprising amount of meat on these bones.
Opening with a theatrical flourish of keys, Shut Up soon bursts into its chant-along hook. The energy is immense, and a lot of fun. I wish the first half of each verse didn’t lobotomize the tempo, but at least the instrumental is consistent in this way. And when the production revs up again, it’s coupled by a breathless performance and standout pre-chorus. We’re in safe territory any time Seoho is allowed to let his vocal soar, and he pulls us into the chorus with a whopper of a power note. Shut Up 받고 Crazy Hot’s actual hook is more catchphrase than chorus, but it’s supported by a blistering intensity. The keys return to lend the track a playful vibe, underpinned by a breakneck beat that pulls no punches. It’s like a really successful Road To Kingdom stage.