We haven’t even passed our first week of 2022 and the year’s crop of rookies are already making themselves known. Following on the heels of Kep1er is new boy group Trendz. They hail from Interpark Music Plus, home to girl group Laboum. New debuts are always exciting, but if TNT (Truth & Trust) is any indication, Trendz aren’t offering anything we can’t get a million other places.
This is one of the more generic debuts I’ve heard in recent years. The song is basically an encapsulation of several years of boy group material. It lumbers along with no sense of humor or originality. The guys posture and puff out their chests over a dull beat that holds little surprise. As with any K-pop group, they seem quite talented. But, the material does them no favors.
Hulking performance tracks like this thrive on their over-the-top energy. To succeed, they need a sense of build and release. TNT’s commanding chorus attempts to do this, but it’s a big let-down. The vocal arrangement doesn’t pop and the melody is too predictable to thrill. The production is relentlessly noisy but never obnoxiously so. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but a song like this could do with being more obnoxious. Instead, every element feels smoothed of its character. It’s hard to get a sense of what makes Trendz unique. TNT’s lockstep structure and dated tropes paint over any potential personality – musical or otherwise. As with any debut, I’m willing to give them a pass in the hope that their first comeback will elicit more sparks. But for now, TNT isn’t even a muted explosion. It simply fizzles.