Girl group NATURE is back with a new mockuseries and comeback to greet their fans in the new year! Releasing a mocku-series following the members as they prepare for comeback, “NATURE Can’t Go Down Like This” was first released on January 8th, and is currently still ongoing, with new episodes coming out twice a week. Their new single, “RICA RICA,” will release on January 24th, and Officially Kmusic was fortunate enough to hear the members’ thoughts on their upcoming promotions and more in an exclusive interview!
Was the idea for mockuseries “NATURE Can’t Go Down Like This” something everyone came up with together?
SOHEE : It is a Mockumentary, a kind of fake documentary, so it’s based on reality, but more parts include acting! This is an idea that the members, the company, and composer Yoon MyungSun came up with.
AURORA : We wanted to show our will to the Leafs during NATURE’s long absence, so we decided to do the project.
SAEBOM : It includes some facts and acting, so I hope you enjoy it!
LU : We came up with the ideas along with the members, the company, and composer Yoon Myungsun, based on reality. We decided to participate and work harder for the fans we haven’t seen for a long time.
CHAEBIN : Yes, since it’s self-produced content, all NATURE members participated.
HARU : We wanted to show ourselves well, so we filmed it.
LOHA : Actually, when I heard that we filmed this project, I thought the title was too provocative so I felt burdened, but it became another memory for me because I made a fun fake documentary with the members and company staff while filming.
UCHAE : There are some realistic parts, but acting is included to some extent. I want Leafs to enjoy it!
For your mockuseries, how did it feel to have a camera following and recording you guys during your preparations for your comeback?
SOHEE : I hope many people know that we are working hard on filming our daily lives and preparations for our comeback.
AURORA : We are used to being together, but it was a strange and fun experience with the camera and the staff because it’s been a while since we did a reality show.
SAEBOM : It was fun to film as we were preparing, and I think it will be fun to watch the videos a few years later.
LU : It was exciting. It was nice to talk with the composer Yoon MyungSun, record the song, and be around the members.
CHAEBIN : It was so much fun preparing it together, and it was a fresh side to show NATURE’s chemistry to the fans.
HARU : Preparing a comeback is not easy, but we had a lot of fun while filming it.
LOHA : The preparation process for this album is not long, and it was the first time that everything was filmed together. At this time, the camera was always rolling so we can check how we prepare our new album. I was amazed.
UCHAE : It’s new for us to be able to show our true selves, but it was a fun process.
Your new song RICA RICA is coming out soon, and is the first Korean comeback you’ve had since “Girls” came out in 2020. How does it feel to be promoting again?
SOHEE : It’s been a year and a half since our comeback, so it feels new and exciting!! I want to meet many fellow singers on the stage.
AURORA : I’m so excited to finally be able to promote with a new song, and I’m so happy to be back on the stage.
SAEBOM : It’s been a while since our comeback, so I’m really excited and looking forward to it. I think we’ll have fun promoting.
LU : I like that we came back to the stage with our members and I’m glad to meet Leafs again.
CHAEBIN : It’s the moment I’ve been waiting for. I’ve always missed the stage and wanted to comeback. I think Leafs had a hard time waiting for us.
HARU : It’s been so long that it hasn’t hit me yet, but I’m so excited and looking forward to it! I really want to meet our fans face to face.
LOHA : To be honest, I still can’t believe we are having our comeback soon. I was eager for the stage because we haven’t been promoting for a long time. I’m looking forward to each day because I can show the talents that I’ve put to sleep during our new album promotions!
UCHAE : I thought I should work hard to show new sides of me to the Leafs and the public.
How would you describe your song RICA RICA?
SOHEE : This single song, RICA RICA, is a genre that NATURE has not done before. It’s a song made with a strong synth base behind an Afrobeat rhythm. It consists of fun and addictive choreography and lyrics applied.
AURORA : RICA RICA is a special album that NATURE filmed while filming the mockumentary.
SAEBOM : RICA RICA is a song that tells you that you’re possessed by a spell. I hope Leafs feel energy by listening to this music!
LU: RICA RICA is an exciting dance song. Composer Yoon MyungSun helped record and direct.
CHAEBIN : It’s a different song from NATURE’s existing concept and has a tremendous addiction. You are going to keep singing RICA RICA!
HARU : It’s a song with unique and addictive choreography and the beat that explodes in the chorus.
LOHA : To explain RICA RICA in a sentence, it’s a song that gives joy to those who are tired.
UCHAE : It’s a completely different style from NATURE’s previous songs and makes you feel good when you listen to them.
Did the current pandemic affect the preparations for either your mockuseries or the comeback single at all?
SOHEE : Yes, because of the pandemic, it became hard to promote and there are fewer opportunities to meet fans. During our filming of the mockuseries, the release date was delayed. I think we were able to prepare more.
AURORA : I was sad that I couldn’t meet the fans for a long time, but preparing RICA RICA with a mockumentary was cheerful.
SAEBOM : Yes. Because of the pandemic, filming was delayed a lot and there were many restrictions, so it was hard to film. There are some regrets, but I think this is also a stage of growth.
LU : Yes, if it wasn’t for the pandemic, I would have more events or performances with Leafs.
CHAEBIN : I think the saddest thing is we can’t perform with our fans. I’m more attached to RICA RICA while filming the mockumentary.
HARU : Even if I couldn’t meet my fans because of COVID-19, I communicated a lot online. It’s hard to meet them now, but I hope you wait for our comeback watching the mockumentary.
LOHA : If we said it didn’t affect us, it would be a lie, but all artists give their passion on every album. I overcame with a heart that cherishes opportunities.
UCHAE : The biggest one was we couldn’t have a comeback and meet Leafs for such a long time. Thank you to our Leafs for waiting for us!
Will you be promoting RICA RICA on music shows? If yes, do you have any promise for your fans if you win first place?
SOHEE : Yes! This album is a special album for Leafs. Of course! You can see it on the stage. If we win first place.. I’ll be on stage with my hair up, which you’ve only seen in the performance music video!!
AURORA : Since it’s been a while since I met the fans, I’ll make Mala Xiang Guo for Leafs. (When COVID-19 is over.)
LU : If we win first place, I hope to have a mini fan meeting with Leafs.
HARU : Yes, we will go on a music program. If we win first place, I want to eat delicious foods with Leafs!!
LOHA : If we win first place, actually I think I would cry, but I want to show how we enjoy ourselves with members, not just what NATURE usually shows on the stage.
Between the new comeback single and the mockuseries, you must have been very busy recently! What’s one way each member destresses or likes to relax during their free time?
SOHEE : I just meet with my friends and chat or chill at home watching movies quietly.
AURORA : I’m really into the nail and self-hair styling these days. I relieve my stress by shopping.
SAEBOM: I usually listen to music, watch movies, and write. Having creative activity or time to focus on me helps me de-stress.
LU : Reading. No matter how busy I am, I try to read books. Reading a book can give me mental stability more than watching movies.
CHAEBIN : I like to meet people and chat with friends all day long at a café.
HARU : I relieve stress by playing with my cat and communicating with fans by Bubble.
LOHA : I usually talk with my parents on the phone or watch Netflix or movies at home.
UCHAE : I like spending time at home so I watch romantic comedy movies or dramas.
Lastly, is there anything you want to say to your fans who you haven’t been able to greet in a long time?
SOHEE : Leafs, you waited for a long time! As much as you’ve waited, we’ll do our best, so please look forward to it! No matter what kind of hardship comes, let’s hold hands, rely on each other, and love each other.
AURORA : Thank you for waiting for us. We’re finally having a comeback with a new song, so please show us lots of support.
SAEBOM : Thank you so much to the Leafs who waited for a long time. Please show a lot of love for the new single RICA RICA and look forward to it. I love you.
LU : I hope we can see each other more often in the future.
CHAEBIN : You all worked so hard during this long break, Leafs. Thank you for reading this. I’ll try to meet your expectations. I love you. Let’s hurry up and meet!
HARU : Leafs!! You waited for a long time, right?? Thank you for always loving us and waiting for a long time. Since we’re starting our promotions, you’ll be able to see us a lot! I’m so excited when I think about watching Leaf. Let’s be happy together! I love you.
LOHA : Due to the COVID-19, we always felt sorry that NATURE could not show many sides of us to Leafs last year. With this promotion, we’ll try our best to return our love through various aspects.
UCHAE : There’s not much time left until we meet Leafs. Thank you so much for waiting. We’ll be back soon, so don’t get sick! Be careful not to catch a cold! I love you.
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Written & Edited By Ephney Tsai