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Pentagon reboots creatively, spiritually via 'DEMO_01'

2017/09/06 16:28

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By Chang Dong-woo

SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Yonhap) -- The past year has been a wild roller coaster ride for Pentagon, Cube Entertainment's idol band, which was first introduced in October 2016. It released three extended play records, while two members formed Triple H with singer HyunA. "Energetic" by Wanna One, arguably this year's biggest summer hit, was also written by Pentagon member Hui.

But Pentagon isn't necessarily basking in the success of its newfound glory. Rather, the 10-member team said Wednesday the band as a whole went back to their creative roots to spiritually reboot Pentagon via its new, scrappily named EP "DEMO_01."

  

Boy band Pentagon performs at a showcase in Seoul on Sept. 6, 2017, on the release of the group's fourth mini album "DEMO_01" at Yes24 Live Hall in eastern Seoul. (Yonhap) Boy band Pentagon performs at a showcase in Seoul on Sept. 6, 2017, on the release of the group's fourth mini album "DEMO_01" at Yes24 Live Hall in eastern Seoul. (Yonhap)

"This is a record filled entirely with music created by ourselves. We voted for the name 'DEMO_01' to signal our (fresh) start. I think it's a good starting point for our self-produced records down the road," member Jinho told reporters at a media showcase held at Yes24 Live Hall in eastern Seoul.

The song "Like This", written and produced by Hui and team FlowBlow, is a soft EDM track that roots for today's young adults to pursue their dreams despite the challenges they face.

"It's about exactly what we (as young people) are going through, a song about challenges we young adults face," said Hui.

The four other songs on the EP were also written by the band members. "It's Over" was written by Kino while "Just Until Today," a song about an imminent break-up, was composed by Jinho.

"It was written from the perspective of a person who knows he or she is about to be dumped. It's a sad number, of wanting to be together with a partner just until today," Jinho said.

Since releasing its third EP "Ceremony" in June, the band has toured Osaka and Tokyo in Japan, with the relatively new band building confidence by meeting fans.

"We've had a break for about two months, but we also did some concerts. I think we've seen a two-tier confidence boost," said Hui. Japanese member Yuto said he studied hard to improve his Korean during the break.

Boy band Pentagon poses for the camera at a media showcase in Seoul on Sept. 6, 2017, on the release of the group's fourth mini album "DEMO_01" at Yes24 Live Hall in eastern Seoul. (Yonhap) Boy band Pentagon poses for the camera at a media showcase in Seoul on Sept. 6, 2017, on the release of the group's fourth mini album "DEMO_01" at Yes24 Live Hall in eastern Seoul. (Yonhap)

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