As Stray Youngsters stormed onto the U.S. Okay-pop scene final night time with the primary live performance of their sold-out tour, that they had a transparent message: they’ve arrived, and they’re prepared to write down the following chapter of their story.
Final night time, the rookie boy group kicked off their very first tour of the US with the primary of two concert events on the New Jersey Performing Arts Middle in Newark (resulting from excessive demand, SubKulture Leisure ended up including one other present to the tour after tickets bought out within the blink of a watch). Only one yr after their official debut in 2018, Stray Youngsters have already amassed a large and devoted fanbase, and their followers’ immense love and keenness for the group and their music was palpable all through the night time.
Although they’ve solely been round for one yr, Stray Youngsters have already managed to do one thing that many younger Okay-pop teams wrestle with: carving out their very own id in a saturated market. The group’s members have co-composed the music and lyrics for each single observe that they’ve launched to date, and all of their songs give attention to telling tales which are particularly in regards to the struggles of youth.
Maybe due to this relatable subject material, lots of the followers who attended Stray Youngsters’ first U.S. live performance on Might 14 clearly had a deep and private connection to the music: even earlier than Stray Youngsters stepped foot on stage, the viewers was already singing their coronary heart out to a number of of the group’s songs, together with the introspective B-side “Query,” in excellent unison.
The gang’s pulsing vitality continued all through the night time, with the followers singing alongside to nearly the entire lyrics, and the Stray Youngsters members repeatedly expressed their amazement at how passionately their followers had been singing and dancing alongside them—as if performing along with the group. At one level, Lee Know requested with amusing, “STAY, you guys aren’t drained? I feel you all sing and dance higher than we do. Actually, you guys are wonderful.” Bang Chan additionally joked, “Possibly you may come on [stage] subsequent time and we are able to do it collectively.”
However because the night time went on, Stray Youngsters made clear that regardless of having efficiently solid an id as a bunch that tells the tales of youth, they’re prepared to maneuver ahead and take their subsequent steps into the long run. Displaying outstanding poise and consciousness of the route they need to take subsequent, the Stray Youngsters members declared that they had been leaving a few of their teen angst behind as they start a brand new, extra mature chapter of their story.
Changbin defined that with their newest mini album “Clé 1 : MIROH,” which the group promoted with the fierce, assured tracks “MIROH” and “Victory Tune,” the group was transferring away from the conflicted uncertainty of their earlier releases “I’m NOT,” “I’m WHO,” and “I’m YOU.”
“If the ‘I’m…’ collection that we’ve proven you up till now instructed the tales of unsure, anxious youths,” mentioned Changbin, “then the brand new story that we simply confirmed you [through our latest songs] is the story of youths standing on the sting of maturity. We wished to inform this new story in a robust means by ‘Victory Tune.’” Seungmin chimed in, “So please stay up for this new story that we’ve simply began. Regulate us.”
I.N additionally expressed the group’s willpower to depart their mark on the Okay-pop scene, commenting, “Identical to the lyrics [to ‘District 9‘], we’ll work arduous sooner or later in order that we are able to ‘shake all the things up.’”
Bang Chan added, “Via STAY, we really feel like we are able to go wherever. As we’re beginning this new story that Seungmin simply [mentioned]—no matter maze, no matter wall, no matter impediment we come throughout, we all know that so long as we’ve STAY, we are able to overcome it. We will simply break by all of the partitions. So long as we’ve you guys, we are able to do something.”
Highlighting the expansion achieved by Stray Youngsters over the previous yr, the group’s “Unveil Tour ‘I’m…’” is fastidiously designed to put out their releases in chronological order. A pre-recorded video clip performed in the course of the live performance additionally revealed that the idols paid cautious consideration to organizing the set listing in order that their songs’ lyrics would inform a linear story of progress. After starting with the emotional turmoil of the group’s early tracks (akin to “Hellevator,” “Grrr,” and “Mirror“), the live performance took a extra optimistic flip with the self-affirming “Voices” and “My Tempo,” earlier than in the end constructing as much as its triumphant climax with “Victory Tune” and “MIROH.”
Towards the tip of the present, Woojin thanked the followers for his or her passionate assist, remarking, “Truthfully, our ‘Unveil’ tour consists principally of performance-focused songs, so there are sometimes occasions once we begin to really feel drained. However once we see STAY’s faces, it’s unimaginable to not give it our all and do our greatest for each single transfer.”
Though Stray Youngsters had carried out in Newark as soon as earlier than—eventually yr’s KCON NY—the night time marked their very first solo live performance in the US, and Hyunjin commented humbly, “I don’t know if it is a dream or actuality.”
He went on to elucidate, “Final yr, we carried out at KCON, and we acquired a extremely nice response, but it surely wasn’t solely us performing. Now, we’re standing in entrance of so many STAY. It’s such an honor to have the ability to carry out for you want this [at a concert of our own] although it’s solely been one yr [since our debut].”
Han added in English, “First, I’m actually completely happy that we are able to carry out our ‘Unveil’ tour within the U.S., and I’m additionally completely happy that I received to see you once more. Because of you guys for coming and having fun with [the show] with us at the moment.”
Felix additionally repeatedly expressed his gratitude to their followers, saying, “I’d identical to to say thanks a lot for displaying us a lot love. It actually retains us going. And thanks a lot for coming right here to look at our present at the moment, for sacrificing your time for us. I’m so honored to be right here and to carry out for you guys.” He later added, “We’ll always remember this night time.”
As they launched into a brand new, extra confident chapter of their story, Stray Youngsters additionally inspired their followers to be simply as assured in themselves. Simply earlier than the group wrapped up the night time with an emotional rendition of their reassuring music “Develop Up,” Bang Chan implored the gang, “Don’t ever doubt yourselves, okay?”
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