SEVENTEEN is back with their fourth mini album Al1, and Soompi was at their comeback showcase on May 23!
After posing for group, unit, and individual photos (see bottom of article for exclusive pictures), the members sat down to answer various questions about how they prepared for their new album.
Fresh is a huge keyword for SEVENTEEN, and all of their previous title songs, Adore U, Mansae, Pretty U, Very Nice, and BOOMBOOM, stayed true to this image by showing the feelings of a boy figuring out what love is. Seungkwan stated, But we didnt think fresh necessarily meant bright,’ and explained that for this comeback, they wanted to show the emotions of a boy experiencing sorrow for the first time. This is in line with SEVENTEENs goal for this album, which is to let their fans and the public know that they can pull off many different music styles.
Along with the change in their music style, SEVENTEEN has also changed up their performance style to match their song. Hoshi, leader of the performance team, commented, Together with our choreographer and the performance team, we expressed the complicated and sad emotions through movements in the members positions. I was inspired not only by modern dance, but also by things that arent related to dance. For example, I was walking back to the dorms one day when I saw a streetlight. It fit well with our songs mood, so I decided to incorporate it into the choreography.
SEVENTEEN has 13 members, which is a lot of people. Its not easy to make decisions when so many people are involved in the process, but SEVENTEEN seems to have no problems. Woozi said, We have an easygoing atmosphere when we work on music. When anyone comes up with an idea that isnt too great, we either joke about it or slightly let them know that the idea isnt very good. That way, everyone feels comfortable about giving ideas, and we dont have any conflicts when working together. We actually collide more when deciding what well eat that day or whos going to be in charge of cleaning. Seungkwan added that their key to great teamwork is constant communication.
When they were asked about being compared to EXO and BTS, the members said that it was an honor for them to be grouped with them.
2017 is a special year for SEVENTEEN, as the number 2017 contains their group name. The 2017 SEVENTEEN Project was created from this coincidence, and the album Al1 is the first part of the project. While not much is known about the 2017 SEVENTEEN Project, fans can expect to see more releases from SEVENTEEN.
Check out Soompis exclusive photos!
Below are photos of SEVENTEEN performing their title track Dont Wanna Cry and B-side Crazy in Love in perfect synchronization.