Japanese-Chinese boys’ collective WARPs UP release new single ‘HERO_sei’
A mid-tempo ballad about living life your way, performed by a group who refuse to be confined by their boundaries
Japanese-Chinese boys’ collective WARPs UP has released their new single ‘HERO_sei’. This is the second original single released by the group’s two Chinese members LANGYI and MINGJUN, following January’s single, ‘POWER_Shin.’
Previous songs by WARPs UP featured lyrics in English, Chinese and Japanese, an impressive achievement that set the group apart. This time, though, the group has released separate Japanese and Chinese versions for the first time, conveying a strong message through their lyrics.
The lyrics remind us that even though life in our sometimes orderly, sometimes chaotic modern society can be complex if we forcefully pursue our dreams without being constrained by the past or by boundaries, anyone can become a hero with the power to change the world. This meaning is reflected in the English word “HERO” in the title, while the Chinese character “sei (oath)” conveys “the promise of a bright future.” This mid-tempo ballad sets its positive message to a beautiful melody, resulting in a magnificent, uplifting song.
A music video was also released today, featuring members of WARPs UP junior training troupe WARPs ROOTs as backing dancers. The video uses hard concrete as a metaphor for the brutalness of modern society; a mirrored surface has been laid over the concrete, expressing a sense of openness and floating in mid-air, with themes of self-liberation from the oppressive orderliness of modern life.
WARPs is an abbreviation of Wind Assemble Radical People-syndicate, meaning a collective that can “create a wind of innovation.” By combining not only groups with fixed lineups but also other projects across various fields, in existing genres as well as new ones, the collective aims to break through the framework of the entertainment industry and shine a light on new talent. The WARPs umbrella will eventually include multiple groups, the first of which is WARPs UP. WARPs ROOTS, meanwhile, is always on the lookout for fresh new talent to support the label.
Release date: Friday, June 10, 2022
Single title: ‘HERO_sei.’
Download and streaming links: WARPsUP.lnk.to/hero_sei
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