South Korean indie group The Rose are making time to visit Australian Black Roses (their fandom name) in December. While the groups music is not played a great deal on Australian radio. Kpop fans have been determined to take the time to get to know them and they have been blown away by their talent!
The Rose is made up of 4 members, with each member being represented by a certain colour of rose. Their leader is Kim Woosung (English name: Sammy) who is from Los Angeles. He is the lead vocalist and electric guitarist and he represents the white rose which means pure.
Keyboardist and acoustic guitarist Dojoon (English name: Leo) is from Busan and characterises the red rose which is associated with passion and enthusiasm. He is also a former DSP Media trainee. Dojoon lived in New Zealand for 5 years and is one of the 2 English speaking members. Their drummer and Rapper, Hajoon (English name: Dylan), is also from Korea and is represented as the blue rose, which portrays miracles. He is also skilled at mimicking people.
Finally, The Rose maknae and their bassist and visual of the group, Jaehyeong (English name: Jeff), is from Pohang, South Korea, but grew up in Samcheok. He is represented by the pink rose, which stands for happiness and romance. He is the 'mum' of the group.
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The Rose was formed after Dojoon and Jaehyeong were busking at Hongdae and swiftly became friends. Jaehyeong then met Hajoon and began busking together. At the same time, Dojoon was a trainee at DSP Media, but after leaving the company he quickly joined the two and they beaome a trio called "Windfall". The official line-up of all four members being secured after Dojoon recruited his friend Woosung and this quartet was officially named "The Rose". They are called The Rose "to show music that coexisted with the beauty of flowers and sharpness of thorns" as explained by Woosung.
In 2016, the band entered J & Star Company, a little known independent operation. Their official mainstream debut was on August 3rd, 2017 with "Sorry". This became their debut song and has become an impressive piece to introduce them to the K-Pop industry. Billboard named this song one of the best Korean Pop songs of 2017.
"Sorry" is about the regrets of a separated relationship. The track is influenced by British-pop and was produced by all four members. This may be when their fans started getting interested in them as the beginning of the song features Woosung’s unique raspy voice.
They made their following comeback with their second single "Like We Used To" which appears on their first mini album "Void". This song evokes the story of the four members and how things changed throughout their musical journey, but like most of us, from time to time we revisit the memories we hold dear. The music is much gentler with an acoustic start, then slowly it is lapped with drums and bass but it is not as heavy as their debut song.
Their next single "Baby", which is also their title song in their album "Void", depicts the frustration about a romantic relation or not having a relationship at all which speaks out to all of the fans that can or cannot have a relationship.
Finally, they bring their latest comeback with their second mini album named "Dawn". The Rose have returned after 6 months with songs that have a sentimental meaning to them. The title track "She's In The Rain" begins with a lovely guitar introduction and slowly adds thick layers of bass and drum. This song was indeed for their fans, yet allows new listeners to appreciate and hear each instrument delicately used in the song and throughout the album.
The Rose debuted their first world tour "Paint It Rose", which concluded in February, saw the boys play multiple sold out shows across Europe. Following the success of this, they announced their tour to North and South America which would include New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico in May until 1st June. They also performed in Brazil in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in June.
My Music Taste then noticed that other countries were asking for The Rose to perform in their cities. So after hearing their fans request, Australia was announced! They will be performing at Melbourne on December 6th and in Sydney December 9th.
Black Roses are you ready for these guys to rock your day and make amazing memories between us and the band?