If you spend any amount of time on YouTube (particularly if you spend that time watching K-Pop MVs) you’ve probably been bombarded by countless advertisements as you wait for your next MV to start and I can pretty much guarantee that while you’ve been waiting, you’ve come across an ad that begins with the opening line of One Republic’s “Counting Stars,” pressed the “Skip Ad” button and moved on. The sad thing is that I, for one, never realized what a gem of a cover was waiting just beyond that button, until now.
To be perfectly honest, I’m usually not one to tote the wonders of a cover. I prefer bands do their own original music (unless, of course, they’re specifically a cover band) but every once in a while a band will cover a song that blows me away and this cover by LEDApple is one of them. Holy Buckets! How the heck I missed this MV is beyond me (I’m ashamed to admit that it was actually released on November 13, 2013) but man am I happy I found it now!
To continue with my little confession session, I’m not usually a fan of my beloved K-Pop artists covering American songs; not because I don’t think they can do an amazing job (because they most certainly CAN!) but because I always feel like they’re pandering to an audience that won’t ever fully appreciate them when they do so. (Don’t bow to, what you perceive to be, the wishes of an audience half-way around the world guys! Just be yourselves! Your international fans love you just the way you are!) However, I can’t say that’s the impression I’m getting here. In fact, the only impression I’m getting here is one of “HOLY CRAP THESE GUYS ARE AMAZING!” And when I say “amazing” I mean like, goosebumps inducing, jaw-dropping, “Dang Hanbyul can SING!” kind of amazing. I mean SERIOUSLY! Hanbyul’s voice is flippin’ fantastic! (And all the fans of LEDApple said, “Duh!”) And let’s not forget Yongjun’s guitar skills! *swoon* (Yes, I will forever be a sucker for guitar players… What can I say, we all have our weaknesses…)
For once I’m hoping that the uneducated in K-Pop will stumble across this cover and go “Whoa! Who are these guys?” and then proceed to check out the rest of LEDApple’s works… Which will eventually lead into them exploring more of K-Pop and before we know it, we’ll have a whole new influx of K-Pop addicts to welcome into our lovely little world. (Muwahahahaha!) In the meantime, I’m going to go back and watch this (and a whole bunch more LEDApple MVs) and hope and pray that they’ll be a group added to this year’s list of KCON artists… Now wouldn’t that be FANTASTIC!?!