Stray Kids have confirmed the tracklist for their next EP, ‘Rock-Star’, which will arrive next month.
The JYP Entertainment boyband confirmed their next comeback last week (October 6), sharing a “prologue” video online, and have now revealed the tracklist for the record.
Stray Kids’ ‘Rock-Star’ EP will contain eight songs, including ‘Social Path’, a Korean take on their recent collaboration with Japanese singer LiSA, and two versions of ‘락 (LALALALA)’.
All tracks were written and composed by at least one member of 3RACHA, the sub-unit comprised of members Bang Chan, Changbin and Han, who are the main writers and producers for Stray Kids.
Stray Kids(스트레이 키즈) “樂-STAR”
❷ 락 (樂) (𝑒𝑛𝑔. LALALALA)
❸ 사각지대 (𝑒𝑛𝑔. BLIND SPOT)
2023.11.10 FRI 2PM (KST) | 0AM (ET)
— Stray Kids (@Stray_Kids) October 8, 2023
‘가려줘 (Cover Me)’ was co-written and co-composed by Bang Chan and Hyunjin. Other collaborators, such as Willie Weeks and Millionboy also contributed to the composing and arranging of some songs.
Stray Kids’ ‘Rock-Star’ EP tracklist is as follows:
‘사각지대 (Blind Spot)’
‘가려줘 (Cover Me)’
‘Social Path (feat. LiSA) (Korean Ver.)’
‘락 (Rock Ver.) (LALALALA (Rock Ver.))’
The ‘Prologue’ clip shared with the EP’s announcement captures the feelings of a small child preparing to go on stage to perform as the trumpet player in a band. Rappers Felix and Bang Chan narrate the video, with Felix offering a calming presence in contrast to his bandmate’s manic and theatrical delivery.
“The anxiety is something we create ourselves,” Bang Chan whispers dramatically as stage time approaches. “We believe that you’ll do great if you can get beyond these emotions and enjoy these moments,” Felix counter-balances.
As the children enter the stage, the two shout in unison: “Let’s show them how we rock!” An electric guitar solo cuts in as the band’s logo, the EP title and their slogan appear on the screen in pink.
‘Rock-Star’ will be released at 2pm KST (5am BST) on November 10. It will arrive five months after the release of Stray Kids’ latest full-length album ‘5-Star’ and will “have a close relationship” to that record, according to JYP Entertainment (per Korea JoongAng Daily).
In a five-star review of ‘5-Star’, NME’s Crystal Bell wrote: “Stray Kids are flying so high above the crowd that they’re in a galaxy of their very own, where the parties are endless and the vibes are always five-star.”
The album gave the group their third consecutive Number One on the Billboard 200 in June. It followed their previous records ‘Maxident’ and ‘Oddinary’ – both released in 2022 – in topping the chart.
Last month, three members of Stray Kids were involved in a car accident. Lee Know, Hyunjin and Seungmin were travelling home from a scheduled event when they were involved in a “minor incident”, although none of the stars or their accompanying staff members were “seriously injured”.
However, due to sustaining “mild muscle pain and bruises”, they were advised to “receive conservative treatment” and were put on a temporary hiatus from promotions, including a scheduled appearance at New York’s Global Citizen festival. 3RACHA, the sub-unit comprised of Bang Chan, Changbin and Han, performed at the event in Stray Kids’ wake.