Updated: Sep 13, 2019
If you’re on the lookout for new up-and-coming K-Pop group to stan, I’ve got you covered. Truth to be told I learned about NOIR only recently thanks to the partnership with K-Dance camp that is about to organize a NOIR fan meet up this week in South Korea (stay tuned as our guest blogger and K-Dance camp dancer Daniella will cover that and more). For those of you who have no idea who I'm talking about, NOIR (느와르) is a 9-member South Korean boy group under LUK Factory.
Out of nine, three of the members – Yoonsung, Yonguk and Hoyeon have participated in Mnet’s hit project boyband reality show, Produce 101 Season 2. Yonguk, Hoyeon and Seunghoon were also in a musical in Japan called “Altar Boyz”. The other 5 members are Junyoung, Siha, Siheon, Daewon, and Minhyuk.
NOIR officially debuted on April 9, 2018 with a song 'Gangsta'.
If looks, charms, vocals, dance skills, and rap style, with a dose of interesting personalities, are on your stan criteria, then NOIR is what you’re looking for.
Here are 3 reasons why you should stan K-Pop group NOIR pronto:
1. “Gangster” will have you fangirling/fanboying for days to come
I personally have a soft spot for bad boys and I bet I am not the only one. If you still haven’t watched NOIR's debut song Gangsta from their Twenty’s NOIR album, it’s all you needed to fall in love with this new idol group. It is a Moombahton electronic dance music which is full of masculine moments. It tells the story of how a boy wants to occupy solely the thoughts of a girl who he fancies. The track highlights the group’s appeal by showcasing rough rapping and emotional vocal parts. Speaking of rapping, pay close attention to Seunghoon, Yunsung, Minhyuk and Hyoyeon’s rap parts. They look up to BTS as an inspiration, which by the way also started as a boy group with a hip-hop and gangster image during their debut (do you know which song I'm talking about? 😉)
And now let's get acquainted! NOIR, this is Soju fam. Soju fam, this is NOIR.
Shin Seunghoon (신승훈) – Leader, vocalist, rapper
Kim Yeonkuk (김연국) – Vocalist
Lee Junyong (이준용) – Vocalist
Nam Yunsung (남윤성) – Vocalist, rapper
Kim Siheon (김시헌) – Vocalist
Ryu Hoyeon (유호연) – Rapper, dancer
Yang Siha (양시하) – Vocalist
Kim Minhyuk (김민혁) – Rapper, dancer
Kim Daewon (김대원) – Vocalist, dancer, maknae
2. Great dancing skills
I am not a big fan of 'airplane mode' as it prevents my phone from doing anything fun, so I’m not exactly sure what kind of buzzkill the NOIR guys were going for here 😜
Airplane Mode is a good old-fashioned, low-budget banger. It borrows equally from K-Pop’s past and present, regurgitating sounds and fusing them together. Airplane Mode is not a track I am going to listen to on repeat but what is really worth paying attention to is dancing. You can definitely feast your eyes in the dancing department as these boys know how to move. And they will make you move too.
3. NOIR boys are a complete package
Aside from their dashing looks and dancing skills, NOIR is also known for their funny and interesting personalities. Fall in love with Yunsung’s stare, Minhyuk’s aegyo, Seunghoon’s rap, and Sihyeon’s funny jokes.
Now question on you Soju fam! What is your favorite rookie group at the moment? Let me know in the comments below.