It's been a little over a year since Tomorrow X Together — better known as TXT — crashed onto the music scene with their debut single, "Crown". It was an immediate hit (and an undeniable bop), amassing more than 100 million views on YouTube within its first year, and their follow-up single "Cat And Dog", was nominated for a VMA. It doesn't take a genius to understand why the group has had so many eyes on them since the beginning: TXT remain the only act to debut under Big Hit Entertainment since BTS in 2013. Yes, record-breaking, stadium-filling, biggest-group-in-the-world, BTS. In an interview with NME in January, the members acknowledged the privilege such a position has afforded them, while admitting it does come with some pressure. "We know that BTS and Big Hit Entertainment have given us great wings to soar with and also that in order to soar we must bear the weight of our wings," they said.
It seems that TXT have taken that pressure in their stride. They released their first full album, The Dream Chapter: Magic, in October, and spent the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 collecting Rookie of the Year trophies at all the major Asian music awards ceremonies. Despite their astronomical and unstoppable rise to success, though, their love and desire for connection with their fans is still what shines most. When I ask them about the most memorable moments of their debut year, they cite their performances at New York City KCON, Wango Tango, and their US debut showcase, but they also reference the moment they named their fandom, MOA.
Another thing that's remained consistent in the 15 months since TXT debuted is their music. It's not just the quality (although that is high — I can confidently say I've never listened to a TXT song I didn't like, and I've listened to them all), but the message behind it that brings fans back time and time again. Their new EP, The Dream Chapter: Eternity, continues to explore what it means to come of age, but is undeniably darker than their previous works. The lead single "Can't You See Me?" deals with feelings of alienation and conflict between friends; the music video is reminiscent of a horror movie. It's something every listener will have experienced, and only reinforces the close relationship the members — who, themselves, are between 17 and 20 in age — have with their fanbase.
Over email, I spoke to Soobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Taehyun, and Hueningkai about the new EP, the momentous year since their debut, and how they, themselves, have dealt with the conflicts they sing about in their music. Here's what they said...