November 27, 2022

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“When you rig a rigged system, are you a villain or a hero?” asks Gun-il, the group chief and drummer of Xdinary Heroes. The six-piece act out of JYP Leisure, made up of Gun-il, Jungsu, Gaon, O.de, Jun Han, and Jooyeon, debuted in late 2021 with a rock single, “Pleased Loss of life Day,” that instantly made it clear that the group wasn’t working inside the typical scope Ok-pop.

Whereas their group identify is supposed to encourage the concept that anybody can turn into a hero, they’re simply as within the different facet of the coin — whereas not getting into their villain period, essentially, that steadiness between good and evil within the hero’s journey is a serious focus for them. That is notably true of the themes of their new EP, Overload, which is now obtainable.

For anybody new to Xdinary Heroes, it’s not simply the ideas or their sound that make them stand out — they’re a real band who write their very own music and play their very own devices. Gun-il studied drums at Berklee; Jungsu is on keyboard and acts because the group’s lead vocalist, whereas Gaon and Jun Han present guitar, O.de the synthesizer, and Jooyeon the bass. In different phrases, these guys are the true deal.

I related with Xdinary Heroes to talk concerning the ridiculously enjoyable new EP, locations they’ve been discovering inspiration as creatives currently, and their instrumental work as of late. Learn the complete chat with all of the members and discover the dynamic music video for his or her newest single, “Hair Minimize,” beneath.


What sort of themes do you suppose run strongest by means of this album?

Gun-il: There are various themes on this album. For me, combating with one’s worry and nervousness is the principle theme.

Jungsu: I feel it’s “the combat towards inside nervousness.” This album exhibits the method of battling one’s place or confidence and combating towards these points. Though every music has a distinct theme, it might be good in case you deal with the story line with related messages.

Gaon: Our first album handled exterior strain and battle, however this album focuses on conflicts that come up inside. I feel that essentially the most highly effective and terrifying opponent on this planet is my very own self. Thus, the important thing factors are the sentiments of combating with your self and the story of tips on how to unravel these feelings.

O.de: The principle theme of this album is “ARE YOU A VILLAIN OR HERO?”, a slogan written in our spoiler photos. It’s the core message that this album talks about, and it’s associated to the story that we’re going to convey.

Jun Han: Similar to the album’s identify, we tried to specific the sophisticated emotions of dealing with the villain facet inside us.

Jooyeon: I feel it’s the robust need to chop off the rising mistrust, worries, and unhealthy hearts inside oneself.

Do every of you could have a favourite monitor on the album?

Gun-il: All six songs are my favourite but when I had to decide on just one, I’d select “Hair Minimize” as my favourite among the many songs.

Jungsu: My favourite is “Zzz..” I feel it’s the one music on this album that exhibits the cheerful and playful facet of Xdinary Heroes. It additionally has a brighter temper in comparison with different songs, so I feel it’ll be simple to take heed to.

Gaon: My favourite is “X-MAS.” It’s very catchy and has loads of killing elements which you can sing alongside to. I are likely to hum with out realizing it.

O.de: My favourite is “Crack within the mirror,” which I’m trying ahead to performing reside.

Jun Han: My favourite is “X-MAS.” I like the general temper of the music, and I particularly just like the verse initially.

Jooyeon: Mine is “Ghost.” I discover the darkish melodies and high line with falsetto very engaging.

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