I am more than a little excited right now. There are six bazillion comebacks this fall and Halloween is almost upon us. Two very heart-stirring things. But they aren’t the only things. I don’t know how it happened, but I started following a pre-debut group on Instagram not too long ago, fell just a tiny bit in love, and have been following their road from trainee to idol over the last several months. I’ve learned them through watching their YouTube show and performance videos, and have had my interest piqued by the one and only track they’ve shared with us to this point.
They are making their big debut THIS WEEK.
And I can’t wait until then to tell you all about them. It just wouldn’t be right.
ATEEZ, formerly known by their pre-debut name KQ Boyz, is an eight-member group of insanely attractive, hardworking, and talented male idols. I know, shocking. Name another group in Kpop that shares this kind of resume. I dare you.
They have the requisite dancers, rappers, vocalists, and type A leader that spends long hours sequestered in a quiet space writing and producing their songs. The group spent one month in LA in the not too distant past taking dance classes at the Millenium Dance Complex and putting together their first song and MV. The show consists of 19 short episodes about their experiences during the process with the final being the video. I watched the whole thing in just over an hour on a Monday night. Not a heavy lift at all and by the end, I felt like I had a handle on the members’ names and basic personalities. They are so incredibly distinct, within the group and in Kpop in general. I don’t really see an EOI (every other Idol) among them. A few of the members made the cut to appear on Mixnine and I plan on watching that show in the not too distant future to get my arms around them even better.
I don’t know what prompted me to get so attached so early…I’ve only ever stalked a few groups before they put out a couple of songs a handful of times…BTS, Golden Child, and Stray Kids among those rare few. And now we can add ATEEZ to the list.
To tie this back to Halloween, the group recently performed their song, Pirate King, on the streets of Seoul in full zombie regalia. You can’t hide their good looks and pure dance talent with fake blood, contacts, and ragged clothes. They look and feel like seasoned idols. I am so, so excited to see what they do in the future and counting down the minutes until October 24.
Pirate King, ATEEZ