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Dreamcatcher: Invitation to Nightmare Manila

In some Native American cultures, a dreamcatcher or dream catcher is a handmade willow hoop, on which is woven a net or web. The dreamcatcher may also include sacred items such as certain feathers or beads, believed to give its owner good dreams.

But for k-pop fans, Dreamcatcher is their version of rockstars, sans the instruments. Originally debuting in 2014 as MINX with 5 members Jiu, Dua, Siyeon, Yoohyeon and Dami, they eventually added 2 members Gahyeon and Handong to re-debut as Dreamcatcher in 2017. On that same year, they released their first EP titled “Prequel”, which debuted at number 5 on the Billboard World Albums Chart and peaked at No. 1 on the US iTunes K-Pop Top 100 Chart.

It was March this year when Dreamcatcher held a tri-city Asian tour (Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines) called “Invitation from Nightmare City”. While the Jakarta stop was later on cancelled, their Manila show proceeded last March 24 at the SM Sky Dome. This was the final stop of the short tour, much to the delight of PH Insomnia (their fandom name).

Some may say there is eeriness to their sound. Reminiscent of 90’s Japanese bands even. The strong drum beats, rap, mixed with melodious singing. And if you would listen to their instrumentals, the heavy feels of electronica can be felt. Not to say that these girls can’t belt out a heartwarming ballad as they have a couple of slow songs that’s more guitar than drum-based showcasing their voice colors and distinct styles in singing. Their sound is truly what sets them apart from a slew of girlgroups that have come out through the years. When heard, they may sound raw and hard but when seen, they are performers to behold.

And if your music company changing its name from Happyface Entertainment to Dreamcatcher Company doesn’t prove that they are as real as a dream come true, I don’t know what will.

Dreamcatcher: Invitation to Nightmare City Manila was presented by MyMusicTaste.

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Written by Rosanna De Guzman

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Jesse McCartney MNL

Going ONCE, Going TWICE