INFINITE EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR

Korean pop group makes a memorable night at the Microsoft Theater

Story by Karrie Comfort   Contributor, Photos by Eileen Vi   Contributor

“I can see him, I can see him!” my friend yelled frantically as she ran into the sea of screaming girls (okay there were some guys), chasing after an Infinite member, Sungyeol, who had just entered the crowd.

For a concert where half of the audience, who more than likely didn’t understand half of the lyrics, the band Infinite put on a hell of a show. One of the many boy bands from South Korea, Infinite has a unique style that has allowed them to travel on a second world tour, which I was lucky enough to see.

Held at the Microsoft theater in LA, the pre-show was simply music videos projected onto a sheet on the stage. As soon as the lights went off, the screaming was deafening, and silhouetted behind the sheet, we could clearly see the seven members of Infinite: L, Hoya, Sungkyu, Sungyeol, Woohyun, Dongwoo, and Sungjong.

The sheet dropped and the audience was launched into one of their most popular songs, “Before the Dawn”, an upbeat song about listening to your heart. Although the chorus line is in English, the majority of the verse was in Korean. Most of their songs are like this, and explains their wide appeal by their audiences.

Not only does the group sing, but one of their most notable features as a group, is their incredible in-sync choreography. Coupled with matching white suits, it was certainly a sight to see.

Every few songs of dancing and singing, the group would talk, which was pretty cool as an audience member. However, I think the one thing lacking in this band’s concert is an adequate translator. Most of the singers didn’t speak English, so there was a translator, which at first was exciting, but at times was more confusing than helpful. Although, I generally could tell what the translator meant to say, it was occasionally a guessing game.

The set list was over 15 songs, plus a two-song encore, with heartfelt goodbyes. The singing and rapping of every member was also quite impressive, considering they not only had to worry about vocals, but on top of that, choreographed dancing as well.

I think what struck me most about this concert was simply the kindness of the fans. There was no shoving or stampeding; someone even offered to hold my friend’s camera for her, because she has a “better view of the stage.” There was a general sense of community, possibly because Korean pop is a niche market here in the US, and most of the people I talked to before the concert were just thrilled to talk to other people who enjoyed their favorite band.

At the end of the show, every member of the group thanked us for coming and said goodbye, and it wasn’t just the audience members saying “I love you” by the end. The humility with which they carried themselves, accompanied by the singing and dancing that has clearly been rehearsed with care, left an impression on me.  I would certainly go again.

Gomawoyo! (Thank you!)

 

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