The five member K-pop group A.C.E. – short for Adventure Calling Emotions – are back with 도깨비 (Favourite Boys) (도깨비 meaning goblin), the lead single from album HZJM: The Butterfly Phantasy. It follows their 2019 release UNDER COVER, and DongHun, Jun, ByeongKwan, Chan and WOW say this comeback, which they describe as a ‘sequel’, will reflect the changes they’ve been through over the last year, including their increasing closeness as a band since they debuted in 2017.
DongHun told Metro.co.uk: ‘Since UNDER COVER we have moved on. In terms of performance and stage presence you will see a lot of changes. And it’s like a sequel to our previous album, there is a link between them. But at the same time we have grown so much and you will see that with this album well.’
‘We are working more harmoniously as a team, our teamwork has got better,’ Jun said. And it’s not just relationship changes either, it’s physical. He added: ‘We have gotten much stronger physically so we can work with much more. Out of the five songs on this album, four songs have choreography.
‘It was physically very demanding but we have been able to improve with training and get much stronger.’ They’ve needed to be, as the impressive dance moves were punishing to learn across the three to four days it took to nail down. WOW said: ‘After the music video shoot we just practiced, and even then it’s still very challenging for us because it’s difficult, and there are a lot of traditional elements too.’