I’d rather hang with the boys

I’d rather hang with the boys
Catherine Robert, journalist for the Show section of The New Paper, in a photograph taken with Fabian Manzano, a member of Puerto Rican-American acoustic pop group Boyce Avenue.

SINGAPORE- You'd think that for three strapping brothers who recently made it big, they'd accept their new gift of fame and partying with arms wide open.

But for Puerto Rican-American acoustic pop group Boyce Avenue, who took YouTube by storm this year with more than a billion views and later gained worldwide fame offline, I discovered first-hand that something a bit more low-key was just fine with them.

Alejandro, Daniel and Fabian Manzano were in town last Thursday for their first concert here at The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel. (Being friends with the owner of Live! Empire, the promoter of the gig, has its perks.)

No glamorous clubs or VIP gold tags on my wrist, but that "low-key" night still left me dragging my feet to work on Friday morning with what felt like a couple of bricks balanced on my head.

But that was just the result of drinks with the middle sibling, 29-year-old guitarist Fabian, and a few others from their tour crew.

Frontman-singer Alejandro, 27, and rhythmist-pianist Daniel, 35, had retired to their hotel earlier in the evening for a nap before their 6am flight to Hong Kong.

At the post-concert festivities - filled with bites and booze - in a private event room at Hard Rock Hotel, the three musicians did look absolutely beat from their 1½-hour show attended by 2,000 fans.

The down-to-earth and friendly trio were the first international musicians that I'd hung out with, and I have to say, I expected nothing short of the 'I'm too good for you' attitude. But there was none of that. In fact, they were slightly shy at first.

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