K-Pop Alternative Rock Band Day6


Day6 is a South Korean boy group formed by JYP entertainment. The band is not just a typical K-pop boy band, they play actual instruments and write and produce their own songs.

Day6 was going through the formation process from 2010-2014. In 2014, the band began promotions with appearing on the fourth episode of Mnet’s survival television program, Who is Next Win. They also released a song titled “Lovely Girl” as part of the original soundtrack of 2013 TV series Bel Ami.

In 2015, Day6 released their first mini-album, The Day,with their lead single Congratulations on September 7th, 2015. The mini-album consisted of six songs, (Free, Out of My Mind, Congratulations, Habits, Like That Sun, and Colors). The album peaked #6 on the Korean Weekly Album Charts, Gaon Charts, and #2 on US Billboard.

The band then released their second mini album, Daydream, on March 30, 2016. Unfortunately, former member Junhyeok left the band before the mini-album was released. This left the band to consist of only five members along with the loss of their keyboardist. Member Wonpil decided to step in as the new keyboardist after Junhyeok left.

On December 29, 2016, Day6 announced their plan for a monthly project called Every Day6. This project would consist of the band releasing two songs for every month on the sixth day of that month (expect for May, June, August and October) as well as concerts being held before the release of the monthly song. They stayed true to their word and released a monthly song or two for the whole year of 2017.

In 2017, Day6 released their first studio album, Sunrise. The album consists of 14 tracks, and 10 of which were previously released from January to May in 2017 through Every Day6. Tracks from Every Day6 June consisted of a rebooted version of “Letting Go”, and a final version of “Congratulations.” The album was well received, reaching #4 on the South Korea Gaon digital charts and #6 on US Billboard, and there were over 48,000 sales in South Korea alone.

After the release of Sunrise, in 2017, Day6 released their second studio album, Moonrise December of 2017. The album also features 18 total tracks, which contained of the title track, “I Like You” and the two sidetracks, “Better Better” and “I’ll Try”. The album also consisted of the previous releases from the Every Day6 albums from July to November along with final versions of the B-Sides from their first mini-album. Moonrise was well received, it managed to peak at #2 on South Korean Gaon Digital Charts.

After the successful releases of both Sunrise and Moonrise, in 2018, Day6 released their third mini-album, Shoot Me: Youth Part 1 on June 26, 2018. The mini-album consists of seven tracks, with the lead single “Shoot Me” along with five other songs (Warning, Somehow, Feeling Good, Still, and Talking to). On June 27, 2018, two hours after the album’s release, a “Comeback Show” was broadcasted on music shows like M Countdown and Music Bank.

Day6’s album “Shoot Me: Youth Part 1” was very well received peaking at #3 on South Korean Gaon Digital Charts, #6 on US Billboard and #59 on French Downloaded Albums. At the Genie Music awards in 2018, Day6 won the Band Music Award with the help of the success from their prominent title track “Shoot Me.”

Following the release of “Shoot Me: Youth Part 1”, Day6 announced that it was very likely for the second part to be released by the end of 2018. On November, it was announced that the mini-album, titled “Remember Us: Youth Part 2” would be available December 10.

The track list was featured on November 26, 2018 along with motion posters of each member being released two days after. Group and unit teaser images were posted on December 4 along with music video teasers being released on the 5 and 6 of December. On December 10, the official music video for their title track, “Days Gone By”, was finally released.

The new album was promoted on several music programs such as Show Music Core, Inkigayo and KBS2’s Music Bank. The song and EP was once again was well received peaking at #3 on South Korean Gaon Charts and #10 on US Billboard.

To conclude, Day6 is a unique part of K-pop with them being an actual band instead of being a generic, dance based, Kpop boy group. Seventh grader Micalea Aguirre adds to that by saying, “They’re different, because they are a rock band in the K-pop industry. Most Korean rock bands are a thing that no one has heard of, by Day6 they pretty much brought it back.”