monterey media

The group is a very different kind of a boy band – and that’s even more evident on the live stage than it is on the radio. Most notably, One Direction isn’t into synchronized dance routines, which have been a proud staple of the boy band arsenal since basically the beginning of time. Instead, these four singers – Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson – just sort of bounce about the stage, interacting with fans, tossing water about and goofing around like normal guys.

They also don’t wear fancy matching outfits or try to constantly dazzle you with bells and whistles onstage. They seem to go out of their way to downplay their superstar images, continually giving all the credit for their fame and fortune to their fans. All of that works to strengthen the amazing bond between the band and its fans.

—  Monterey Herald