By Pyo Kyung-min
Ok-pop boy group EPEX dropped its newest album, “Can We Give up?”, bringing its “Prelude of Nervousness” collection to a compelling shut whereas highlighting continued progress.
The octet, that includes members Want, Keum, MU, A-Min, Baeksung, Ayden, Jeff and Yewang, formally launched its sixth album Wednesday and gave a charming efficiency at a press occasion held on the identical day at Blue Sq. Mastercard Corridor in Yongsan District, Seoul.
The “Prelude of Nervousness” collection continues a story the group initiated since its debut, alongside “Prelude of Love.” It delves into the tragedies of faculty violence, challenges of progress and accompanying frustrations and hopes confronted by at this time’s youth.
On the press occasion, member Jeff shared the group’s eagerness to showcase its charismatic stage presence with the return of the “Prelude of Nervousness” collection after a yr and a half.
Want, the group’s chief and eldest member, launched the album as a candid exploration of the “darkness and nervousness skilled by youths.”
“The album’s title, ‘Can We Give up?,’ displays the rebellious ideas of youths as they confront the cruel actuality of faculty violence, and thru this, we aimed to handle a significant supply of hysteria for younger folks like ourselves,” Want famous.
The album’s title monitor, “FULL METAL JACKET,” stands as a resolute musical manifesto in opposition to college violence. That includes a dynamic mixture of intense guitar melodies and highly effective bass sounds, the track presents an electrifying auditory expertise.
Member Ayden described the monitor as “a story about people consumed by violence and shedding contact with their humanity.”
“We initiated this with the notion that we should stay vigilant to the continuing tragic actuality of faculty violence. It serves as a name to confront these points relatively than evade them, a message supposed for each college students and faculties to unite in opposition to the scourge of faculty violence,” he defined.
To amplify the track’s highly effective message, the group collaborated with famend dance crew Simply Jerk for a large-scale efficiency that includes 20 dancers. On the showcase, the group captivated the viewers with an intense stage presence that includes 18 dancers.
Following their efficiency on the press occasion, member A-min stated, “I used to be initially nervous concerning the expansive stage, however as soon as I stepped onto it, I used to be capable of ship a satisfying efficiency because of my immersion within the second.”
Member MU elucidated the motivations driving their efficiency, saying, “Given the darkish theme conveyed by the track, we felt it would not suffice to specific it solely by the members.”
He continued, “Therefore, discussions concerning large-scale performances started, culminating in a multi-person spectacle that fits the track’s highly effective message. The attitude will evolve with every viewing, providing contemporary insights into the issues of our youths.”
As well as, the brand new album encompasses a complete of 4 songs, particularly “Give up,” “Hit The Wall” and “No Roof,” crafting a cohesive narrative all through.
When questioned about their future aspirations, EPEX members rapidly shared their targets one after one other, all brimming with anticipation.
“EPEX aspires to develop into a bunch that excels by steady progress,” member Keum stated, emphasizing their dedication to progress.
“Our group all the time strives to surpass our earlier endeavors. Our goal is to grace extra levels, improve communication with our followers, supply digestible music and attain new profession highs with every comeback, unhindered by limitations.”
Member Baeksung echoed the sentiment with dedication, saying, “We purpose to transition from the general public’s notion of us as ‘a tall, younger and cute group’ to a group famend for excellent performances and achievements by this album.”