Ever since the success of Gangnam Style, the world started to take notice of South Korea and its music scene, predominantly the Kpop side. But now an exciting project has begun and we see Korean indie rockers take on the global stage to show the world it’s not just about Kpop! From 24th April to May 4th this year, the UK is being treated to some live rock straight from South Korea by ‘Korea Rocks’, a tour sponsored by Hyundai Card Music which will be showcasing some great talents from the Korean indie music scene. While K-pop continues to garner attention around the world, little is known about Korea’s indie music scene. Korea Rocks hopes to help change this by showing people that Korea has an indie scene that well, to put it in the simplest terms, ROCKS!
Hyundai Card Music have been championing Korean indie music for a while, and now they have gone that extra mile to bring over some great acts to give UK folk a taste of Korean indie music as it’s meant to be heard, live! Featuring Galaxy Express, Apollo 18, Goonamguayeoridingstella/구남과여라이딩스텔라 and Gate Flowers, these four bands will be playing in five UK cities, concluding their tour with two gigs in the home of the legendary Beatles, Liverpool!
A little bit about the bands:
Galaxy Express describe themselves as “a high octane, runaway bullet train, Korea’s Galaxy Express is a scintillating tour de force trio that wildly whiplashes audiences with a centrifugal forging of raw, sweaty, psychedelic rock n roll“. Made up of Lee Ju-hyun on bass and vocals, Park Jong-hyun on guitar and vocals and Kim Hee-kwon on drums, this group looks the part with their indie rock fashions and fabulous eyeliner. Their electric and energetic stages are sure to light up the UK and get crowds jumping!
This chilled duo is made up of Joh Ung on guitar and vocals and Eem Byung-hak on bass and chorus. During live performances, they’re joined by Park Tae-sik on drums and Kim Na-un on the keyboard. They’ve been around since 2007, creating their own unique brand by mixing styles and genres to create music that expresses their own love and appreciation for all forms of music. This has lead to them being described as a “groovy psychedelic soul/pop act“ and Goonam are sure to bring something totally different and unique to the stage! If you are interested in finding out more about this duo, make sure you check out our exclusive interview!
This is another three piece band with Kim Dae-inn on bass, Choi Hyun-seok on guitar and Lee Sang-yun on drums. The type of music they play falls into the post hardcore/post-rock act area and they are big in Korea’s underground rock scene. Describing themselves, Choi Hyun-seok said that “in my heart there is loud music, in Dae-inn’s heart there is loud music too, so what we are creating as Apollo 18 is the best sound for us”. This band’s loud sound has earned them a strong base of loyal fans and will no doubt get the UK crowds moshing with their classic grunge rock styles.
This four member band, consisting of Park Geun-hong on vocals, Yeom Seung-sik on guitar, Yang Jong-eun on drums and Yoo Jae-in on bass, make up an alt-rock group with a slight blues edge that is sure to deliver a powerful and unforgettable live performance. Ever since appearing on KBS’ ‘Top Band’ they’ve had a loyal fan base and are sure to win over audiences in the UK too with their “honest but rough” sound.
The bands have already touched down in the UK and will be embarking on their tour shortly with their first gig in the very British city of Kent.‘Korea Rocks’ is sure to be an electrifying event, and as there are multiple dates across the UK taking place, people everywhere will be able to enjoy a great and refreshing night of Live Korean indie and rock music! This tour will no doubt be a success and hopefully bring Korean rock to more countries all over the world!