A capella – a term we wouldn’t even dare to associate with ‘pop culture’, not until four years ago when a certain five-piece vocal group blew up all over the world. Chalking up more than 8 million subscribers and 950 million cumulative views, Pentatonix (PTX) is indisputably the biggest name in the game right now. Just last Monday, the band played to a sold out Star Theatre as part of their On My Way Home tour in Singapore, and it goes without saying that we were absolutely smitten with ’em. Here’s why.
#1 THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.
Whether you’ve been a hardcore stan since PTX’s fetus days, or just a casual fan who secretly jams out to their Daft Punk medley, there’s bound to be at least one song off the set list that you know the lyrics to. They start off with a solid ensemble of sing-along anthems, such as Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem’, Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’ and of course, the famed mashup of Queen Bey’s hits – all of which earned rapturous cheers from the 5000-strong crowd in attendance.
#2 THEY HIT ALL THE RIGHT NOTES.
Very few musical groups can sound as good or better than their studio recordings, but this concert showed just how immensely talented PTX is. Soaring vocals? Check. Eargasmic harmonies? Check. Slick beat-boxing? Check check check. Don’t believe us? Here’s proof.
#3 THEY TAKE THEIR CRAFT SERIOUSLY.
It was clear that they put plenty of thought into the song arrangements. Instead of just throwing us the whole bag of tricks, they focused on bringing out their unique brand of music. Inevitably the standout performance of the night is ‘Evolution of Music’, where the five singers took us through a jaw-dropping sonic history lesson starting from 11th Century’s ‘Salve Regina’ all the way to 2012’s ‘Call Me Maybe’. Impressive much?
#4 THEY REMEMBER THEIR ROOTS.
Like many of you, we had our first taste of PTX when they appeared (and slayed) on the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, which propelled them to mainstream stardom. They may have gotten their big break, but one thing we like about them is how they’d never let fame get to their head. There was a lil’ throwback moment when a video montage of their early competition days was played, and the members took the chance to dish some aww-inducing stories on who’s the biggest crybaby in the group (cough Kevin cough). Nope, we totally didn’t have tears in our eyes back then, nope.
#5 HEY, WE CAN HARMONISE WITH THEM TOO!
“If you don’t mind wasting your batteries, please help us to create a space full of stars!” At Scott’s request, all of us whipped out our phones and waved our flashlights rhythmically to their emotional number ‘On My Way Home’. We even managed to pull off a three-part harmony with the band during the chorus! And apparently, chanting “encore” is not the norm for PTX fans – the crowd took us by surprise when they launched into a spontaneous yet heartfelt rendition of ‘On My Way Home’ to bring the quintet back on stage for the encore. Nice job, you guys!
#6 THEY APPRECIATE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.
There was no lack of fan-service here, which is surprisingly rare considering the fact that they’re a performance-centric group. Not that we’re complaining though! They really went all out to reciprocate the support – from bold declarations of love, going around the venue to give high-fives, and even some touchy-feely fan-service for one very lucky fangirl (!!!).
Also, Kevin deserves special mention for his super on-point Chinese pronunciation of “I love you”. P/S: Find out about Kevin’s hidden language skills (plus their honest first impressions of each other, thoughts on their cameo in Pitch Perfect 2 and more) on our upcoming August issue!
Photo credits: Midas Promotions