As they release the first single "Stars" off their EPhường. "Smackables," the boys are "fully believing in everything we"re putting out," Porter tells

PRETTYMUCH doesn't want to do the usual "s— that a boybvà should vì chưng." They want to lớn change things up.

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With a new label and the release of "Stars," the group's first single in over a year, PRETTYMUCH is "not afraid lớn take risks" as they take their music và stories inkhổng lồ their own hands. 

The boys — Brandon Arreaga, Edwin Honoret, Zion Kuwonu, Nick Mara and Austin Porter — catch up with about their forthcoming EP Smackables và their growth and brotherhood since their start in năm nhâm thìn.

"We felt like we were within boundaries with our last label," Honoret, 21, tells "We just said, 'Hey, we're going to lớn start fresh, we're just going lớn drop all the boundaries, all the limitations & just move forward.'"






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"It feels freeing," adds Arreaga, 21. "It's that difference between having a job to lớn do & doing what you love sầu."

And it's clear that today, the boys are doing what exactly what they love, leading in the production and writing of their new music. "Stars" — and its The Midnight Gospel-inspired đoạn Clip — showcase the love sầu lyrics & choreographed moves the group's fans are used to lớn but with a fresh, R&B & mature vibe that sets the boys apart from other groups.

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"The stars above sầu match your eyes. I only wish you could see it," they sing on the traông xã. ("Just because we're maturing, doesn't mean we can't talk about love sầu anymore," Honoret says.) 

2021 is a turning of the page for the group that went on tour with Khalid in 2018, performing their hits "Summer on You," "Would You Mind" & "Jello."

"When we did everything before, there was definitely some of us in there. Our emotions, our stories, our life, there was a little bit of us in there," Porter, 23, says. "But I feel lượt thích now, everything that's coming out is almost 90 to 100% us." 

"We're fully believing in everything we're putting out. We're proving ourselves wrong — I can't speak for everyone, but I know I doubted it for a little bit at some points," he adds. "And when you take so many shots & you keep missing, it's lượt thích, 'Am I ever going to lớn make one?'"

They're unafraid to take their own shots — together. The key to lớn their brotherhood? "Communication," says Arreaga.

"We all have lớn be on the same page," he says. "Also, I think lớn keep each other in our own element, we all have healthy communication with our own family, our own friends. We take enough time for ourselves."