Korea-S'pore pop group SKarf don't want to be sweetie pies anymore

15 June 2013 / 3 years 4 months ago

WHEN Korea-Singapore pop group SKarf made their showbiz debut last August with the upbeat, bubbly numbers Oh! Dance and My Love, they were the quintessential sweetie pies whom boys would love to bring home to mum.But the quintet’s new mini-album, Luv Virus, released two weeks ago, is likely to present them in a different light, reports The New Paper. Instead of sticking to the familiar ground of their eponymous first release, the girls have chosen five songs which showcase their ability to handle different kinds of music.These include Anymore, a punchy pop-rock anthem, laidback electronica piece My Turn, and the tender, heartfelt Bye Bye Bye. In an e-mail interview with LOUD, 19-year-old Singaporean group leader Tasha (real name Natasha Low) said: “This time round, there is a diversity of genres in our mini-album. We’ve even included an emotional R&B ballad (referring to Bye Bye Bye).“Compared with our previous (release) SKarf, you guys would be able to see a more mature side of us in Luv Virus. “We’ve become more mature, both image and concept-wise." Unlike the simple, straightforward lyrics of Oh! Dance, their new title track is a web of complicated emotions.“Luv Virus is about a girl who falls in love, experiences happiness, yet at the same time, is filled with stress and, agony,‘ explained Low. The group made history by becoming the first K-pop outfit with Singaporeans in it.SKarf’s current line-up includes 20-year-old Singaporean Ferlyn (Wong), Koreans Jenny (Lee Joo-young), 16, and JooA, 22, as well as 16-year-old Hana, who is Japanese. For “personal reasons‘, the real names JooA and Hana, who joined the group after original Korean member Sol quit last December, have not been disclosed by their management company Alpha Entertainment.In the lead-up to the release of Luv Virus, the girls say they went from strangers to best buddies. “The five of us have definitely grown a lot closer during our preparations for the new album‘ said Tasha.The group is based in Seoul. “Although we are still learning new things about the different cultures within our team, (South Korea) already feels like a second home to me,‘ she said.“We don’t have much free time, but when we do, we cook together, do puzzles together, chit-chat, or just play childhood games.‘They’ve also picked up useful life skills along the way. Tasha added: “We’ve learnt a lot in the past six months. For instance, how to do housework which we’ve never done in the past!‘SKarf have captured the hearts of many teenage fans, but being young themselves, they have music idols of their own. Tasha,, whose aim for Skarf in the next five years is to “emerge as one of the top groups in K-pop‘, cites Korean hip-hop rapper Yoon Mi Rae as a huge inspiration.“I really admire the fact that she has worked very hard to reach where she is now, plus she has a unique voice and great rapping skills.‘ JooA looks up to veteran ballad crooner Baek Ji Young.“She has a charming voice and expresses the emotions of her songs really well,‘ she said. Hana’s idol is chic K-pop diva BoA, who was the first Korean singer to hit mega stardom in Japan during the early noughties.“We went to catch BoA’s recent concert (in South Korea) and I was bowled over by her charisma on stage,‘ gushed Hana. “I hope to be as charismatic as her one day.‘

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