On March 26th, the members of CNBLUE gathered for the comeback showcase of the release of their third mini-album, “EAR FUN“!
During their hiatus, the boys have been busy with their Japanese albums and tours. They began by expressing their excitement over their return, with leader Yonghwa stating, “It’s our first Korean comeback in nearly a year, and it’s hard to believe that we’ve just been focusing on our international schedules during that time. It was a blissful one year for us.”
He continued, “People are beginning to recognize us in Japanese ramen shops and such. Before, we were able to freely walk the streets of Japan, but now people notice us at clothing stores and on Twitter. It feels a bit weird, and it also makes us wear sunglasses. I think it’s because the four of us are always together. They mainly recognize Jungshin… When we’re alone, they recognize us a little less.”
The boys also introduced tracks off of their new album, which are mainly based in the modern rock genre. Starting with their Kim Do Hoon produced title track, “Hey You“, it was revealed that Yonghwa had produced five songs aside from the title track.
On “In My Head” being included in the album, the members said, “It’s not only our major debut song, but one that sold over 100,000 copies. We sang it again in Korean for the album. We always performed it in Japanese so we really want to try performing it live in Korea.”
When asked about their opinions on their comeback overlapping with a lot of other popular artists, Yonghwa honestly answered, “We did feel the pressure while preparing our album and even thought about scheduling it at a different time. It’s funny because we never used to think like this in the past since just the fact that we were promoting was fun and amazing. That’s why we decided to just go back to our roots to a time where achievements didn’t matter. We’re just going to enjoy everything.”
Jonghyun added, “Day by day, it gets harder as there’s more pressure. It’s still great, though, because it makes us work that much harder and prepare more thoroughly.”
On the band’s future, Yonghwa revealed, “This album was meant to protect CNBLUE’s color, but starting with our next, there will be a big transformation. After the promotions for this album end, we’re going to take a few months to figure out what direction we want to go in.”
When asked if they would ever like to perform on ‘Top Band 2‘, Yonghwa answered, “We love watching that show. There are a lot of bands we’re fans of, so of course we’d like to guest on it. Instead of competing, we just want to perform and have fun.”