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K Crunch Indie: Check Guckkasten Hanumpa

March 25, 2012


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1) Glen Check – French Virgin Party + Battaille

Someone please tell me how to pronounce this word. Not Glen Check…and not French Virgin Party…but Battaille….is it like, a French word and I should be saying more like, BATD-AEE-LEE or is it straight up Bat-tail…help us! And help me to stop DISCO FUNK . Glen Check is totally amazing! I was really trying to remember who this band reminded me of, and I realize while sleeping at 4 am and abruptly waking up: a male version of Zero 7 but with more of a funk feel. After listening to one song I immediately went onto iTunes and bought a couple of their albums. Totally great. I highly recommend them, and I highly recommend sticking around until the 1:20 second mark if the song is too intense for you, and it will change pace abruptly. Also, if you are sensitive to strobe lights, please be careful when watching this video. The beginning is so intensely strobey, that I just couldn’t watch it, so just load it, press play, and minimize.

Anyhow, big thanks to Korean Indie for introducing us to Glen Check. We owe you guise big time :D

2) 한음파 – Kiss From the Mystic

This is a really great upbeat song with a very catchy drawled out hook. I really like it when singers hold their notes for a long time but change the notes as if they’re playing their vocals chords like a guitar. As we mentioned in the video it seems that with the release of this particular single the singer has changed instruments , but perhaps we will see the re-emrgence of the awesome and haunting instrument he used to use. Their older stuff was really unique because of the rock meets Asian instrument sound, so I don’t want to believe that this unique sound is gone forever. The video is a bit confusing, I can’t tell if they’re ex-bf and gf or if he’s just a stalker. Let us know your thoughts because I watched it like 4 times but the only thing I figured out was at one point the girl was chatting up the lead singer of the band over drinks too, so I can’t tell if she’s like a playa playa or what.

3) Guckkasten – Manicure

Our last song is a request from Kelly from the USA but she’s currently living in Bundong, South Korea. Cool! Bundong is sooo nice, we had friends living there and when we visited we spent almost all our time on that one loooong pretty, cobblestone, twinkle light street with all the awesome coffee shops, italian restaurants, and the Butterfinger Pancake. So pretty! I digress. Kelly requested this awesome band that makes me really happy. Any System of A Down fans out there? Well this band doesn’t sound like System, but the lead singer was classically trained in opera, and the lead singer of Gukkasten really sounds like he had some kind of training as well. It’s always awesome to have rock mixed with an angelic voice. Such a crazy sensation to have those two things mixed. Also the lead singer looks like such a geeky friendly guy with black frames, and then suddenly he’s rocking out with his awesome voice. I find him rather hot…I actually find rock guys really hot, so it’s funny Simon and I matched up because he was so into rap music and rap culture when I met him and I was so into rock and heavy metal loving guys. But now I love rap music too and Simon loves some rock and a little metal so we’ve managed to grow. Look at how awwww this blog post turned out. ENOUGH! TO THE ROCK LISTENING MOBILE! DADADADAA!!



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