Here’s the low down on all of the Korean acts playing at this years Liverpool Sound City festival: Dead Buttons; DTSQ; LayBricks; PATiENTS; We Are The Night; and 57.
A Seoul-based rock n roll duo, Dead Buttons are returning to the UK for the third consecutive year. Jihyun Hong and Kanghee Lee secured themselves a Hello Rookie win in 2014 and have only continued their success.
Their first full album, Some Kind of Youth, dropped in January this year. Featuring some of their English language tracks from their 2014 popular EP, Whoever You Are, Some Kind of Youth captures the spirit of rock n roll, in a way wonderfully reminiscent of the UK’s shoe-gazers.
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Music is their passion, and entertaining their fans is their top priority. But DTSQ also list their loves as pepperoni pizza, cats, subculture, and beer. What else is there to know?
DTSQ are also playing two more festivals in Europe: Nuits Sonores in Lyon, France (May 4-8) and Primavera Pro in Barcelona Spain (June 1-5).
Melodic rock duo Laybricks from Seoul (Kwangmin Seo and Hyejin Yu) pursue a sound inspired by the alternate rock scene in the UK. With such a prominent rock history the UK indie scene is probably not a surprising influence, but certainly gains more of a meaning for LayBricks when you consider that vocalist and guitarist Kwangmin Seo spent a year living in the UK when he’d given up on playing music. Living with a DJ provided a natural pull back to being a musician for Seo.
Alongside 57 (see below), LayBricks have crowdfunded their trip to perform in the UK, and the dedication of their fanbases are helping these two duos finally play on UK soil.
PATiENTS are a hybrid punk band from Seoul, though since we last saw vocalist and bass player Sumin Jo, and Keyboard player Hyuckjang Kwon joined by new drummer Soowon Choi.
The first half of 2015 saw the group release 19, an album that showed off their take on punk with extreme skill. With plenty of lyrics that will have the crowd chanting along, PATiENTS show that punk isn’t just a sound, it’s a feeling.
We Are The Night
Post-military service pop-punk rockers Rocket Diary returned as electro-rock group We Are The Night. The recognisable brushed silver of an Apple Macbook on stage with a formerly true-to-genre noisy emotive rock group certainly caused split opinion but three years on We Are The Night are still going strong.
It might have been a daring move, but for We Are The Night (Ham ByungSun: vocals; Jeong WonJun: guitar & percussion; Hwang SungSu (or Zany): bass & synthesiser; Philip Ham: synthesiser; and Kim Boram: drums) it was a project group that paid off.
This two-piece rock bank from Jeonju, South Korea, features male guitarist Junhong Yun and female drummer Seol Kim.
57 blend influences from alternative, garage and punk rock bands, to share their own electrifying sound. 57 are on the road to even more success, having secured themselves prizes at two of South Korea’s most prominent band audition competitions in 2015.
Other notable acts playing the festival include: Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Coral, Circa Waves, Peter Doherty, and The Dandy Warhols.