The global popularity of K-pop means the number of idol groups in Korea is increasing in leaps and bounds – and it is now more challenging than ever to stand out from the crowd.

The latest group, D-CRUNCH, is a boy band that is only about two weeks old, but looks ready to hit the ground running.

D-CRUNCH has nine members, each one possessing a distinctive feature “hot guy”, “cute boy”, “intelligent fool” ... and so on.

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The group’s name is short for “Diamond Crunch” – members aim to produce powerful gigs that can virtually crunch the hardest object on Earth, a diamond.

Hyunoh, Jungseung, Dylan, Hyunwook, Hyunwoo, Chanyoung, Hyunho, Minhyuk and O.V have just released their debut album, “0806”, along with its first single, PALACE.

O.V, one of the two group’s leaders, told The Korea Times that the group was responsible for songwriting, choreography and overall production.

Now we are on music shows and have fans who give us love and support. All this is rewarding for us – we are overjoyed
Hyunoh, vocalist, D-CRUNCH

“It took about two months to wrap up the entire process,” he said. “Two months may sound short, but we squeezed all we can to achieve the best quality possible.”

“People may play down our music because we are young and inexperienced.

“But all our members are serious about it, and will continue to grow until we are recognised as artists.”

Four of the nine members have “similar” names that begin with “Hyun” – Hyunwook, Hyunoh, Hyunwoo and Hyunho. Together, they are dubbed “H4”.

People may play down our music because we are young and inexperienced. But all our members are serious about it, and will continue to grow until we are recognised as artists
O.V, member of K-pop boy band, D-CRUNCH

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“We considered using stage names, but we decided not to do so,” Hyunwook said.

“We thought it was kind of destiny to have such similar names in a group.”

He added: “We meet every Friday to polish our teamwork.

“Our members have diverse backgrounds, and have been enjoying different lifestyles. So we talk a lot to understand each other and take comments from others positively.”

Vocalist Hyunoh said: “Now we are on music shows and have fans who give us love and support.

“All this is rewarding for us – we are overjoyed.”

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This article was originally written by Dong Sun-hwa for The Korea Times.