The Korean band sold out The Town Hall in New York City, proving that live music and K-pop finesse can mix.
Rock, even the most popish rock, isn’t a particular mainstay of South Korea’s music industry. While a handful of acts have grown to prominence like CNBLUE, FTISLAND and even the last iteration of Wonder Girls, K-pop rarely ventures towards band-oriented music. But Day6, a boy band from the same label as popular acts like Wonder Girls, TWICE, 2PM and GOT7, is trying to make a mark for themselves in the Korean entertainment sphere. And with a sold-out show in New York this week, they proved they have what it takes to connect with an American audience.
Boyish charms and uptempo, often evocative pop-rock attracted around 1,400 Day6’s fans (called My Days) to the Manhattan venue The Town Hall on Tuesday night. Even before the show, the crowd was bristling with anticipation, handing out banners and waving glowing lightsticks to cheer on the band. When the quintet came out on stage and began playing the first bars of “I Wait” -- a single they released in January to kick off their year-long EveryDay6 release project-- the first-floor audience was on their feet singing along, something they did throughout the entirety of the show.
Performing a variety of EveryDay6 releases, B-sides and more prominent singles throughout the night, it was an intimate show between Day6 and their fans. “Day6 is about us and you,” Cali-raised Jae told the crowd at one point.