February 4, 2023

It’s pouring rain in New York Metropolis the day ATEEZ sit down with Consequence. We meet on Madison Avenue; the members — Hongjoong, Seonghwa, Yunho, Yeosang, San, Mingi, Wooyoung and Jongho — are snapping pictures in entrance of the glittering vacation decor earlier than our dialog, unbothered by the gloom. They’ve been within the metropolis for a full week at this level, wrapping up a string of stateside live shows on their second world tour of 2022, which suggests they’d the break day on Thanksgiving.

“Within the morning, we went to SoHo,” shares Seonghwa. “However each retailer was closed. It was actually humorous.” As an alternative, he ended up with Hongjoong and Yunho, looking for the most effective lookout level to see the Statue of Liberty.

San chimes in with the New York itinerary as properly. “I went to the Empire State Constructing, and Instances Sq., too,” he says, delighted. “Wooyoung and I went to the Hudson River, and that was my favourite expertise.”

“Simply strolling in New York is basically attention-grabbing for me,” says Yunho. “I really feel just like the star of a film.”

ATEEZ, picture by Ben Kaye

As we sit right down to formally begin our dialog, good-natured and talkative group chief Hongjoong asks why I couldn’t attend their sold-out present on the Prudential Middle. I clarify that we missed one another this tour and the way we traded locations — when the group left for the American leg of their “FELLOWSHIP: BREAK THE WALL” Tour, I used to be headed to Seoul. He shrugs, contemplating. “You’ll simply have to return to a present in Korea subsequent time, then.”

As anybody who has seen the eight-piece act carry out can verify (as this author had the chance to in January in the course of the “BEGINNING OF THE END” Tour), ATEEZ placed on an awe-inspiring live performance. An ATEEZ present is a feat of human endurance, three hours of notoriously intense choreography, costume modifications, and dwell vocals, with moments of banter and reference to followers, referred to as Atiny, peppered in.

Within the intensely aggressive world of Okay-pop, the group stands out for a couple of causes — there’s an ease and freedom to the way in which they function, each onstage and off. They’re remarkably unrehearsed and open in dialog. Because the product of a considerably underdog label in South Korea, KQ Leisure, their music (written and self-produced largely by Hongjoong and fellow rapper Mingi) goes in experimental, generally sudden instructions. The members of the group additionally appear to genuinely like one another.

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