|SPICA held their first live stage on M! Countdown tonight, where they put on a good first performance, matching a lot of their studio recorded vocals live. Sure, they were no Piggy Dolls, and I definitely saw some nerves, but it was definitely impressive and hinted at some great stuff to come.|
The vocals aren’t a big shock when you know the background of SPICA’s members. Narae made the top 10 of the Korea’s American Idol, Superstar K, Kim Boa was a vocal trainer for INFINITE, Bohyung was one a trainee for YG Entertainment, and the group’s most prominent member Jiwon was not only part of the original lineup of T-ara –who actually started off as a ballad group– but she was also a member of the famous Five Girls. Despite Five Girls disbanding before their offiical debut, they’ve built up quite a big reputation in K-Pop since all their members have gone on to successful careers — UEE in After School, Hyosung with Secret, Yubin with Wonder Girls, and G.NA as a star soloist.
Another thing that I love about SPICA is their image. They’re not exactly sporting a look that’s shockingly original for “Russian Roulette”, but they’ve managed to make it their own, unlike fellow rookies New.F.O who came off looking like a bunch if 4minute/f(x) knock-offs when they sported a similar concept last year.
We’ve got a lot of new girl groups debuting this year, most notable from popular agencies YG Entertainment, Pledis Entertainment, and DSP Media, but SPICA has already set the bar pretty high.