One of the things we love about VXON is how they seem set on NOT being pinned down into a single stereotype. We remember originally covering their debut single, 'The Beast', and digging their beast idol group vibes. Of course, it didn't take them long to prove us wrong with their second single, 'P.S.'. Don't get us wrong, they kept some edgy vibes, but let's face it - VXON likes to keep us guessing whether they will be cute, sexy or slaying. 'Breaking Bad' is a whole other game.
A Bit of Chaos In All the Right Ways
For starters, it's no surprise the boys of VXON are self-creating again. With music, lyrics, and production by members C13 and Franz, 'Breaking Bad' rises cleanly up to their usual standard. It mixes rap with a smoother sound and some R&B vibes that are a bit new for them. What's different is how 'Breaking Bad' is less about the harmonies that we hear from most P-Pop groups these days, but that doesn't mean VXON isn't slaying it. They're focusing on their vocal layering, and the effect adds a bit of musical chaos - in all the right ways.
They're focusing on their vocal layering, and the effect adds a bit of musical chaos - in all the right ways.
Speaking of the right kinds of chaos, let's chat a bit about this music video. They're playing off their own duality - transcending between light and dark. The effect focuses on the progression of the story behind the lyrics, and that story (by the way) is what's interesting. Despite the imagery of the forbidden fruit, this doesn't feel like a story about a fall from grace; it feels like the journey of an obsessed lover - the kind that can be really toxic. Each time the scene flips from light to dark, we see the boys losing themselves a bit more. It's like the Joker and Harley Quinn - these boys are all-in.
It's like the Joker and Harley Quinn - these boys are all-in.
The effect is chaotic and sexy and a little unhinged, but don't get us wrong - it's a good thing. The boys of VXON are exploring their artistry as singers, dancers and actors and all while defining their own style. We love to see them growing into their roles in the P-Pop industry.
Vanguards of the Second Generation
At the end of the day, what makes 'Breaking Bad' and VXON special is their direction. They're devoted to their duality and are forging a new path in P-Pop. It's funny - forging their own path is becoming a standard in Pinoy Pop and VXON is no exception. P-Pop groups are busy proving that talented Filipino artists refuse to be caged in by any one genre and labeled. That could be the secret to P-Pop Rise.