Interviews with K-pop stars can be a frustrating affair.
Questions requested by their overprotective management beforehand are often slashed by more than half because they are deemed too sensitive and replies are usually generic and predictable as a result.
This started out the case with BigBang - no questions about their upcoming comeback album or army enlistment were allowed.
But once Life! got the idol group alone for an exclusive interview last Friday night at Resorts World Sentosa, the replies flowed freely and were refreshingly candid at times.
For example, when asked what the best thing about being in BigBang is, T.O.P, the group's rapper, replies: "When we go to restaurants, they recognise us and they give us extra food."
He and Taeyang made up for the absence of fellow member Seungri with their easy banter and humour.
Seungri (right, in a picture taken in July), usually the joker of the group during interviews, was involved in a car accident early last Friday morning in Seoul. The 23-year-old has been hospitalised for a week for treatment after tests revealed mild bleeding in his liver.
As a result, he missed the two-day YG Family 2014 Galaxy Tour: Power In Singapore concert over the weekend that BigBang were here for, along with label-mates Psy, 2NE1, Epik High and Winner. The concert was presented by Samsung.
Leader G-Dragon, 26, maintained a reserved presence throughout the 20-minute interview; likewise Daesung, 25, was quiet and stony-faced throughout.
In January, G-Dragon hinted that BigBang would release a new album in the summer. Last month , at a YG Family concert in Seoul, he said their comeback would happen "this year".
Now, with less than four months to go till the end of the year, G-Dragon tells Life! through an interpreter: "We can't actually promise on the exact date but we are working very hard on our new album. The more we try, the more we want to add on and make it better.