BTOB: Thrilling on their own terms

BTOB: Thrilling on their own terms

Their latest EP Thriller shares the same title as Michael Jackson's multi-Grammy-winning 1982 album.

But K-pop boy band BTOB would have you know that their current musical direction couldn't have been more different from the late King of Pop's.

In an interview via Google+ Hangout video chat last Friday, the swoonsome septet, speaking from their home turf in Seoul, shared their inspiration behind Thriller, which comprises six new catchy electropop numbers.

"We have utmost respect for Michael Jackson. He has influenced us in our everyday lives as entertainers, but we can't say that Thriller is a homage to him," said 22-year-old leader Eunkwang, while another member, Minhyuk, also 22, attempted to pull off his best MJ impersonation.

Minhyuk's spontaneous dance moves elicited laughs from the five participating groups of reporters based in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan.

"Our concept for Thriller is very different (from Jackson's). For our music video of our lead single Thriller, we actually got our main inspiration from Hollywood director Tim Burton's animation flick The Nightmare Before Christmas," said Eunkwang.

"We wanted a creepy, eerie atmosphere to emanate through our video."

The clip, which has garnered more than 560,000 views on YouTube, features a dark, smoky backdrop, an abandoned old house and a scene with Eunkwang tied up in chains, skulls scattered all around him.

BTOB, which also consists of Changsub, 22, Hyunsik, 21, Peniel, 20, Ilhoon,18 and Sungjae, 18, debuted early last year and were one of the headlining acts at Singapore's music extravaganza Sundown Festival 2012 in December.

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