Think Harry Styles Is the First Boy Bander to Go Rock Johnny No Name Begs to Differ
publish date: 2017-04-07
Breaking out of the boy band bubble is hard. Just ask anyone who has ever tried. You want to be bold, show the world that you're more than the choreographed steps, diabetes-inducing sugary choruses, questionable matching outfits and neon hair extensions that defined your former group. But bounce too far out of the zone and you might lose the room, making all those teenybopper fans forget why they loved you in the first place.
Harry Styles is clearly not burdened with such mundane concerns. Bucking the lane-hugging trend set by his former One Direction mates -- Zayn Malik's The Weeknd-like power ballad "Pillowtalk," Niall Horan's sweet acoustic butterfly kiss "This Town," and Louis Tomlinson's Steve Aoki-assisted EDM banger "Just Hold On" -- Styles has dared to cut the "cute one" chord with his rock-influenced debut single "Sign of the Times."