Just like everyone else in the world, I have some artists that are solid favorites that I listen to when I need something that just feels comfortable. My love for them and for their music is like an oven set on 300 degrees, it’s hot under the surface but it isn’t likely to catch on fire. However, I’m also known for getting little obsessions…or not so little obsessions…that run scorching hot and then fizzle when it starts to take up too much of my time, they disappoint me in some way (the music isn’t consistent or it takes too much of an investment to learn them), or I get distracted by someone else. It isn’t often that I feel super clingy to a pre-debut group that I’ve had limited exposure to, but it’s not unheard of…think BTS back in the day, Sewoon, and ATEEZ.
I’ve mentioned TREI on the blog a couple of time, the most recent at Christmas, but these tiny mentions in no way reflect how much I think about, mention their names, or search for information on this three-member group. TREI is the brother group to Banana Culture’s powerhouse EXID and they finally, FINALLY debuted a week ago with the EP Born. The group started as a duo in August 2017 and added a third member, a super strong vocalist, in May of the following year. Jaejun, the leader, is actually one of the youngest Kpop idols to ever debut – at only 15 years old. He was the maknae in the now disbanded group C-Clown. Changhyun writes and produces all of TREI’s music and is known as a golden boy in the industry. Juntae, the newest member, actually recorded much of the guide music for BtoB and Pentagon. It was only a matter of time before he debuted as an idol in his own right. I have all sorts of facts and snippets filed away for them. If I can get Stephanie excited, I’d be more than happy to do an idol school for her. I love them so much.
I’ve been watching TREI’s Youtube show TREI Time Begins regularly. More than regularly. Obsessively. I can’t get enough of these guys and the show is a great way to get to know their individual personalities and quirks (of which there are many). They are sweet and silly and uber talented. The chemistry between them is glorious, and I feel like they are poised to do something musically different than much of the Kpop world. I am here for it, for all of it.