One of the cool (and frustrating) things about the Johnny’s Entertainment system is its junior groups. Yes, all agencies have trainees waiting for debut, but Johnny’s Junior have their own televised performance show and their own songs. They also star in dramas, stage plays and variety. It’s a way to build fan bases and cut their teeth before official debut. It’s fun following these groups, but as someone who’s primarily concerned with the music, it’s annoying to hear a great junior song that won’t be officially released for years (if ever!). I’d love Johnny’s to normalize the idea of pre-debut music videos. SixTONES had one in 2018. Travis Japan had a really great one a year later. And now, HiHi Jets have released their first video.
HiHi Jets are one of the junior groups I’m pulling for most. From personality to style, I feel they’re bringing something a little different than any other act currently promoting with the agency. They’ve also got some killer tracks that are begging for official release. Their 2019 song Eyes Of The Future isn’t particularly original, but it’s a ton of goofy fun.
To fully enjoy some movies, you have to suspend disbelief. It’s the same with pop music. Eyes Of The Future coaxes listeners to toss off their critical hat and join the revelry without feeling self-conscious. The vocals are rough around the edges (especially in verse one) and the production feels cut-and-paste straight from 2011. But, I’ve recently been going back to 2011-era pop and realizing just how fun and bombastic and unfussy it was. To be honest, I’m ready for this cheesy, hands-in-the-air EDM to make a comeback. Eyes Of The Future’s megawatt chorus holds nothing back, triggering all your pop music pressure points in ways that are derivative but potent. And that instrumental breakdown during the bridge? What a blast of dancefloor energy!
Is this song objectively “good”? Probably not. But, that won’t stop me from jumping up and down to its silly beat. It’s a vibe best characterized by the so-bad-they’re-awesome lyrics “Imma supa dupa zap.” I don’t know what that means, but I’m kind of into it.