Japanese-Chinese boys’ collective WARPs UP‘s new single HERO_sei is now out. It’s a mid-tempo ballad about living life your own way and is performed by a group who refuse to be confined by their own boundaries. The bold use of colours–of red, white and blue–contrasted against varied backdrops shows how they’re breaking free. Each tone is meaning, as red represents anger, white with sadness and blue with freedom. The progression is very telling.
This second original single released by the group’s two Chinese members LANGYI and MINGJUN, follows January’s single POWER_Shin. Previous songs by WARPs UP feature lyrics in English, Chinese and Japanese. This approach to reach a global market is an impressive achievement and helps make this group stand out.
From the Press Release:
WARPs UP’s latest single Hero_sei features separate Japanese and Chinese versions for the first time. This song reminds us that even though life in our sometimes orderly, sometimes chaotic modern society can be difficult, 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 music video features 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 of floating in mid-air, with themes of self-liberation from the oppressive orderliness of modern life.