[Double Review] Now + Side Kick – K-TIGERS ZERO

CO-ED groups, for some odd reason, just do not flourish in the KPOP industry. There are only a few co-ed groups active at the moment and I have seen many come and go in the past. To me, it is unexplored territory, given the rareness of the groups. And joining the small niche is K-Tigers Zero. Yesterday, the 12 member group (7 males and 5 females) made their debut with Now and Side Kick. The group is from the taekwondo demonstration group, K-Tigers, who has been previously known for their taekwondo infused dance videos and covers.

We shall start off with Now, which I think can be best described as a chilled song. The song doesn’t pack a punch, which contrasts with their more intense sounding Side Kick (see below). The song allows for the vocals and rapping to be focused upon. The instrumental just doesn’t really let the member hide behind, which is something I have seen KPOP songs do quite often. I thought it was a nice track. The vocals and rapping were okay. Not the best in the industry but they just started out, so there is always room to grow. I find the melody to very appealing and I liked that it is chilled and not to heavy. I really like the end, when all the members are singing together.

Moving to Side Kick, the track is the complete opposite to Now. Right of the bat, it is a lot heavier, utilising EDM in its instrumental. This pack definitely packs a punch. The song also zones in more of the rapping, which I think was pretty decent. Once again, I don’t think they will be getting the award for year’s best rapping. But there is potential behind this group. The vocals don’t kick in until the song’s bridge and I thought they were decent as well. It might have been a little too late, in my opinion. But it was a nice way to cut through the intensity that the instrumental was throwing at us. Overall, two good debut songs.

The music videos are the weakest part of their debut package. Now wasn’t that appealing visually. It is all shot outside and I thought they did well with what they had. The camera work was lacking and the members cannot lipsync to save their life. Their outfits were rather odd as well, as it looked like the theme was white and they could wear whatever they wanted, as long it was white. Side Kick was probably the better of the two. I think there was a storyline of one of the guys getting kidnapped and fights scenes were present make it look like they were looking for him. I wished they developed this storyline. Furthermore, I wished they played with the edginess factor a bit more.

There is no doubt that the performance is the winning element of their debut package. I also like it how they didn’t go completely mainstream, keeping their taekwondo roots in it. It was cleverly incorporated and it looked quite cool. Side Kick was probably the more superior routine as the EDM intensity allowed for more intense moves and overall look to the members.

Now
Song – 7.5/10
Music Video – 5/10
Performance – 7/10
Overall Rating – 6.7/10

Side Kick
Song – 8/10
Music Video – 6/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 7.4/10

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