TRAX (band)

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TRAX
Also known as The TRAX
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2004–2012 (on hiatus)
Labels
Associated acts
Website Official site
Members
  • Jay Kim (Typhoon)
  • Kim Jung-mo (X-Mas)
Past members

TRAX (Hangul: 트랙스; formerly The TRAX, an acronym from Typhoon of the Rose Attack on X-Mas) is a South Korean rock band formed in by S.M. Entertainment and formerly produced by X Japan's co-founder Yoshiki on July 17, 2004. The name "TRAX" refers to "recording tracks", but also stands for the first letter of each original member's stage name from the band acronym, Typhoon of the Rose Attack on X-Mas. Originally a nu metal and alternative rock band, they changed to a straight pop rock sound after their drummer left in 2006. In 2010, the band changed their name The TRAX into simple name TRAX.

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

In 2000, S.M. Entertainment decided to produce a rock group, which took them four years to materialize.[1] The TRAX members, Typhoon, Rose, and Attack first appeared in the "2002 Survival Audition HeeJun vs. KangTa Battle of the Century" along with former TVXQ member Xiah Junsu and Super Junior's Sungmin and Eunhyuk.

2004–07: Debut[edit]

The band made their first public appearance for BoA's eleventh single "Rock With You" in December 2003. TRAX released their debut single Paradox on July 20, 2004. TRAX held their first concert on July 26 at Ziller Hall and also held their second concert on July 31.

TRAX released their single Scorpio in Japan on November 14 by Avex Trax and in Korea on November 17 by S.M. Entertainment. Scorpio consists of six tracks released in South Korea and four tracks released in Japan. They were featured in TVXQ's first two albums, Tri-Angle and Rising Sun.

TRAX released their second japanese single Rhapsody on April 20, 2005, followed by their third japanese single Blaze Away released on September 14.

On May 10, 2006 the drummer Rose left the band to pursue other interests and the band continued promoting as a trio. TRAX returned to Korea and released their first studio album First Rain on July 20, 2006 and it was their first released after Rose's departure. TRAX later released their fourth Japanese single Resolution on August 3.

TRAX released their fifth Japanese single Cold Rain on January 24, 2007. The bassits, Attack left from the band.

2008–10: Cold-Hearted Man and Oh! My Goddess[edit]

In late 2008, vocalist Typhoon and guitarist X-Mas joined Super Junior members Heechul and Kangin as regulars in MNet's Band of Brothers.[citation needed] In 2009, X-Mas was also cast on a short-lived show called Oppa Band along with Super Junior member Sungmin.[citation needed]

They released a digital single as a project band called TRAX+Air[2] for the Korean drama Swallow the Sun.

TRAX's first mini album Cold-Hearted Man on January 25, 2010. The mini-album contains songs written and composed by both Typhoon and X-Mas, and will feature other artists such as SHINee's Key, Wheesung and T-MAX's Shin Min Chul.[3] The lead single Let You Go music video was starring by Super Junior's Heechul and f(x)'s Victoria.

In August 2010, TRAX became a special guest for Super Junior's third Asian tour, Super Show 3 in some tour dates, performing on the bridge of the song Don't Don. TRAX's second mini-album Oh! My Goddess was released on September 6, 2010. The music video was starting by Girl's Generation's Seohyun.[citation needed]

They also sang the song "Tell Me Your Love" for KBS's drama Mary Stayed Out All Night, featuring Moon Geun-young and Jang Geun-seok.[citation needed]

2011–12: Blind and Indefinite Hiatus[edit]

In 2011 X-Mas teamed up with his label mate Heechul of Super Junior for a project group M&D. M&D's first title track "뭘봐 (Close Ur Mouth/What Are You Looking At?)" was released on the June 22. Typhoon was featured on the track "CRAZY" on TVXQ's fifth album, Keep Your Head Down.

TRAX's third mini album Blind was released on November 10, 2011

Jay enlist for 2-year mandatory military service on 26 March 2012. He received four weeks of basic military training in Busan and then continued to serve as a public service worker. He is due to be discharged in 2014.[4] Whereas Jung-mo did not enlist till 25 October, seven months after Jay. They were originally schedule to enlist together but Jung-mo's scoliosis condition and a fractured collarbone delayed his enlistment. He is to serve non-active duty as a public service worker for 23 months after completing four weeks of basic training.[5]Later the band made their hiatus after all member decided to military service.

2015–present: SM TOWN[edit]

In July 2015, TRAX performed together again at SM Town Live World Tour IV in Japan later at SM Town Live World Tour V in 2016.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Typhoon (Kim Kyun-woo | 김견우) – Leader, Vocalist
  • X-Mas (Kim Jung-mo | 김정모) – Guitar

Former members[edit]

  • Rose (No Min-woo | 노민우) – Drums
  • Attack (Kang Jung-woo | 강정우) – Bass

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
KOR
[6]
First Rain 19[A]
  • KOR: 5,000[7]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions
KOR
[6][B]
Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja (가슴이 차가운 남자, "Cold-Hearted Man")
  • Released: January 25, 2010 (KOR)
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
40
O! Naui Yeosinnim (오! 나의 여신님, "Oh! My Goddess")
  • Released: September 6, 2010 (KOR)
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5
Changmun (창문, "Blind")
  • Released: November 10, 2011 (KOR)
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[C]
JPN
[14]
Korean
"Paradox" 2004 First Rain
"Scorpio"
"Cold Rain (初雨)" 2007
"Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja (Let You Go)" 2010 31 Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja
"O! Naui Yeosinnim (Oh! My Goddess)" 30 O! Naui Yeosinnim
"Changmun (Blind)" 2011 115 Changmun
Japanese
"Scorpio" 2004 28 Non-album singles
"Rhapsody" 2005 95 Non-album singles
"Blaze Away" 129 Non-album singles
"Resolution" 2006 Non-album singles
"Find the Way" 2007 189 Non-album singles

Soundtracks appearance[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
KOR
2004 "Tri-Angle" (TVXQ Ft. BoA & TRAX) Tri-Angle
2005 "Free Your Mind" (TVXQ Ft. TRAX) Rising Sun
2006 "태양은 가득히 (Red Sun)" (SM xTOWN) '06 SUMMER SMTOWN
"너없이 (Without You)"
"Go! Go!" Hyena OST
"My Tears"
"Snow Dream" (SM TOWN) 2006 Winter SMTown – Snow Dream
"Alone"
2007 "Angels" (Ballad Version) Billy Jean Look at Me O.S.T.
2011 "Crazy" (TVXQ ft. Jay of TRAX) Keep Your Head Down
"Like a Dream" Winter: The Warmest Gift
2012 "Haneul-a" (하늘아, "Heavens") God of War OST


Tours and Concert[edit]

Headlining[edit]

  • TRAX 1st Concert (July 24, 2004)
  • TRAX 2nd Concert (July 31, 2004)

Concert participation[edit]

Related publications[edit]

  • 1st Story Book - BLAST (December 1, 2004)

Awards[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2004 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Rock Video "Paradox"[17] Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly domestic album chart.[7]
  2. ^ Week references for Gaon: Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja,[8] O! Naui Yeosinnim,[9] Changmun.[10]
  3. ^ Week references for Gaon: "Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja (Let You Go)",[11] "O! Naui Yeosinnim (Oh! My Goddess)",[12] "Changmun (Blind)".[13]
  4. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly domestic album chart.[15]
  5. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly domestic album chart.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ KBS Artist Search - The TRAX
  2. ^ Trax + Air Unite
  3. ^ Official Website, "Album Info"
  4. ^ Hong, Lucia (22 March 2012). "TRAX Jay to enter military next week". 10 Asia. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (4 October 2012). "TRAX’s Jung Mo to Enlist in the Army". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "2006.07월 - 가요 음반 판매량" [July 2006 Album Sales]. Recording Industry Association of Korea. 2006. Archived from the original on October 24, 2006. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "2010년 10주차 Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2010년 38주차 Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2010년 47주차 Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "2010년 09주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "2010년 38주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ "2011년 48주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ "TRAXのリリース一覧" [List of Trax's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ "2004.07월 - 가요 음반 판매량" [July 2004 Album Sales]. Recording Industry Association of Korea. 2004. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ "2004.12월 - 가요 음반 판매량" [December 2004 Album Sales]. Recording Industry Association of Korea. 2005. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ "2004 MKMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-25.

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