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[Interview] Pentagon, “We Cried together after Debut Showcase”

Posted on October 21, 2016 by loveindacube (credit)

“For fans who have waited for us, we want to show even better stages.”

At the end of all twists and turns, finally, they have realized their ‘singer debut’ dream that was in their heart for many years. Jinho, Hui, Hongseok, E’Dawn, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yan An, Yuto, Kino and Wooseok, are finally entering the music industry with the release of their first mini album ‘PENTAGON’ on 10 October.

Made up of 10 members, PENTAGON revealed their names first through Cube’s boy group debut project reality program ‘Pentagon Maker’ which was aired in May. The name ‘PENTAGON’ suggests ambitious aspirations of the team with the members possessing the five main elements of an idol – Vocals and Raps, Dance, Teamwork, Variety and Mind,

Initially, among 10 members, some of them were confirmed as members, while some were eliminated, after the elimination and with the requests of the members, the company eventually decided to have all 10 members to stand on stage.

After the cold survival and debut confirmation, the team gathered and shred much sweat into their album productions, in which its quality, unlike a rookie, that they have proudly created and boasted. The album has 7 tracks, but they were involved in lyrics writing and composing in 5 tracks, proving their musicality and PENTAGON’s endless potential.

In particular, they showcased the members’ charming vocals and impressive performances in the magnificent and strong beat sound of Hip Hop genre title track ‘Gorilla’. In the past week, PENTAGON has been going onto various music shows and performing ‘Gorilla’, gradually expanding their fan base. On 20 October, we met up with PENTAGON and talked about their debut thoughts as well as future activities in plan.

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Q: It has already been 2 weeks since your debut. How do you feel after making your official debut?

Hui: First off, we are still new after debut, so everything still looks new and interesting. We are enjoying it very much. Truthfully, we still have many worries and are careful at everything, but I think we can find more freedom in the future. We are working our best now.

Q: Are there any areas which are different from what you’d think during your trainee times?

Hui: The stages for music broadcasts are really different. (When we were trainees) We would monitor the broadcast and prepare our best to bring out an amazing stage. But, in fact, we actually have to take into consideration of much more aspects.

Q: It’s amazing how you have gained good comments about your performance and live skills that are unlike rookies.

Yeo One: We are really thankful for talks like these. We want to try our best to show more amazing looks in the future. We want to show our amazing looks as much as how everyone praised us. We will do our best so that we could hear more compliments like ‘they are rookie monsters that are unlike newbie’ for our next album and performance.

Q:  Although the title track ‘Gorilla’ is amazing, there are also good responses for album tracks ‘PENTAGON’ and ‘Lukewarm’. What sort of genres do you wish to attempt next?

Hui: All of us like album tracks like ‘Lukewarm’ a lot, aside from the title track. We want to try out on many genres in the future. Actually, we are a team that is confident in both performances and vocals. Other than Hip Hop style ‘Gorilla’, we want to try new-style dance tracks like ‘Lukewarm’ and (also songs that) show ourselves as vocalists. We have greed in musicality. As the members personally write for songs, we are very well aware of what sort of songs that suit us the best. We want to create music that fits us, like an outfit that fits ourselves.

Kino: I hope that we could have a genre known as PENTAGON, like whoever listens to the song, they would think of PENTAGON.

Jinho: We want to be groups like BTOB-sunbaenim and Big Bang-sunbaenim who have their own distinctive colors.

Q: With your high album sales, you are currently showing your strong presence in the entertainment industry despite much competition. What do you think, is the secret to PENTAGON’s popularity?

Jinho: Although we have shown ourselves first through ‘Pentagon Maker’, even though we did not become a hit like others said, we really worked very hard to show ourselves. Perhaps, our fans love this side of us. So, I wondered if that’s the reason why we are receiving loves from them. We created our own stage, and showed how we play in the program. As we prepare for debut, we also experienced heartbreaking events too. Perhaps that is the reason why fans who experienced this with us, give us even more love.

Q: You are a group with quite a number of members. Are there any difficulties as you promote as 10?

Hui: Our strength is that we are solid and strong. Rather than 5 or 6 members, because we are promoting as 10, among ourselves too, it’s fun and exciting. And also, it’s nice that we can fill up the stage. I feel that the energy on stage could be felt only when we are all together. The disadvantage (of having 10 members) is that, it’s hard to gather all of us because we go to toilet often (at different times)

Hongseok: Disadvantage is that, it is very difficult to order food. I think all the minor things are the disadvantages. (Laughs)

Q: On 10 October, during your debut showcase, you have mentioned that sunbae group BTOB has given much advice. What sort of advice are those?

Hui: We spoke a lot with Seo Eunkwang-hyung, he didn’t give us specific advices like ‘you have to be like to be a singer’ but he did give very detailed advice. Like, how should we look after newly grown fans, and what should we do at the broadcast stations and many others general information. We are thankful for that.

Q: What would you like to tell your fans who have cheered and waited for you for a long time?

Kino: We met our fans again after 2~3 months during our showcase stage. The front audience kept on crying. When I saw their crying looks, I felt pain in my heart and tears followed. Even so, we are singers and so, we could repay those who came by performing our performance successfully, and so we did our best. We are really touched that they waited for us and they gave us their love. When we left the stage, the members all cried altogether. Our intention to work hard for those who have waited once again came to us, and I think that’s the reason why we could conclude our first week music broadcasts successfully. We plan to work harder in the future.

 

 

 

COMPLETE list of current fansites for the boys 

http://jinhoppang.tumblr.com/post/152107746691/pentagon-fansites-list

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The fansign happened and there were so many accounts, I can't post them all here so I'll just post a few pics and some highlights. 

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The highlight was Shinwon being on crutches. If you watched their last vlive, they were playing ping-pong & he fell while being extra. At first they said he had a leg cramp and never finished his match against Wooseok, but now I think he pulled a muscle. He posted on the fancafe that he may miss a performance (I guess depending on his leg) and asked fans not to worry. 

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Most fan accounts said that Yuto had the best fan service, but all the members were very sweet. Yan An actually has that innocent look about him (according to fans) and they said Hui is seriously handsome in real life, which they now understand why Yan An said he was popular with the ladies. One fan account of Wooseok is popular among the fandom: The fan told him that she has his pic as her dp and people keep thinking it's her boyfriend so he just said "Say I'm your boyfriend". I also kept reading fans asked Jinho if he was really the oldest since he's so smol and cute lol You can check Twitter for everything else, it's a lot. 

Changgu seems to have helped Yan An with his fan service lol 

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Yan An's birthday is tomorrow (he's going to be 21) and we ran a poll to decide what to use, #PTGYanAnDay was chosen. A fellow Yan An stan created a an image to use on Twitter/Fancafe/Vapp for the day

 

I forgot to post their Inkigayo stage 

 

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Shinwon is taking a break from all broadcast activities until doctors clear him for his knee injury, he stretched a ligament & was advised to stay away from strenuous activity. CUBE said it's not serious, but it's a precaution to be sure it doesn't get worse. 

 

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PENTAGON’s Shinwon will be temporarily be sitting out of the group’s activities due to a knee injury.

Cube Entertainment revealed on October 24 that during a Naver V App broadcast on the evening of October 22, Shinwon had complained of pain in his knee, after which he was quickly taken to a nearby hospital for a checkup. Cube said, “According to the doctors, it is not a serious injury. However, they advised that Shinwon avoid strenuous activity and movement and focus on treatment. Shinwon himself also said that bringing his knee back to normal condition is his first priority, so we decided to halt his activities for the time being.”

Despite the state of his knee, Shinwon was adamant that he be able to meet his fans, so he attended the fan meeting on October 23 on crutches. Cube stated that they would update fans with any new developments in Shinwon’s recovery.

While Shinwon works on getting back on his feet, PENTAGON will be carrying out the group’s scheduled activities with nine members.

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I've been to kpop for quite a while and recently newbies just stopped making an impact to me, but Pentagon is a huge exception!

I literally loved their debut song and the mv as well

So happy to see that there're still bands that can impress people^^

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161026 Show Champion 

 

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[ENG SUB] Show Champion Behind 

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Shinwon's post on the fancafe 

Trans credit to HongseokTime 

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MCountdown in Jeju is tonight, so we should be getting airport pics soon. There's also another fansign on Saturday, I think Shinwon will show up to that one. 

They also celebrated Yan An's birthday together, it makes it special since it's the first birthday post-debut.

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MCountdown in Jeju 

-Gorilla 

 

Special stage - H.O.T.'s Candy

 

Pops in Seoul - Rookie Show 

 

Member Profiles 

 

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Go to Arirang's YT for the rest of the videos 

 

 

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Debut Stage Show Music Core 

 

CUBE was suppose to have a Halloween Party tonight, but it was cancelled.

Their fansign also happened yesterday, Shinwon was there, but his knee still isn't better :( 

Reaction to their MuCore stage 

 

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19 hours ago, sungjongstan said:

Heard Gorilla for the first time a couple of days ago and I must say I'm really impressed with Hui's vocals. 

His vocals are truly amazing, same goes for Jinho. 

 

Upcoming schedule 

Pentagon intro video for their upcoming showcase 

 

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CUBE announced PENTAGON's comeback date for 12.07 

 

We knew there would be a comeback and the boys did keep hinting at it after Yan An said it would be December. 

 

Japan showcase goods: Slogan & fan

 

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