It’s Korean Indie Time!

We had a couple more Korean Indie bands stop by the studio to talk about their music and their music videos. It’s something we started doing back with HongdaeFest, and we really like the idea. Seems like different bands are ok with it as well. I think it’s a great way for you to meet the band since they don’t appear on any TV shows in Korea (such as Inkigayo or MCountdown) so they really have no way of advertising themselves besides word of mouth. Well we happen to like these bands a lot and we know people who are into the Korean indie scene like them as well, so here they are to introduce themselves to you! Hopefully you’ll discover a new band you can follow.

The Solutions


We’ve talked about The Solutions before in a past K-Indie segment with their song Lines and Sounds of the Universe and while we liked their last album, we’re actually digging this song a lot more! It has more synthness to it and a more upbeat feel as well. The Solutions also sing in English almost all the time (not totally sure because I haven’t listened to this full album yet) which I think allows them to reach out to a larger audience. Nothing wrong with singing in Korean but I’m sure those of you that tried to get your friends into Korean music where faced by various barriers, one which might have been a language barrier. Anyhoo, the video isn’t super duper intriguing but the song is very uplifting so check it out!



This is our first time hearing this band but upon research I discovered that they’re actually quite old! Not old meaning, I SHAKE MY CANE AT YOU but as in they’ve been around a while. For those of you that don’t already know, there is mandatory military service in Korea for men, so many bands (and kpop groups) get disassembled at some point due to various members serving their time. That;s what happened with this band too! Apparently they were doing super well before they left! I guess that makes sense because we’re huge fans of The Koxx and they just disassembled for military service too. When they get back together I’ll be super excited but I’m sure there will be a whole slew of new Korean Indie fans who will be like, “there is this new band The Koxx” and the Nasties will be there to say “NOOO they’ve been around for a while!”. Hahahah! Anyhoo, upon my first listen I really fell head over heels for Thornapple. Can’t wait to check out all their stuff! Oh, and make sure you get past the first 1:30 because this song is a grower! Starts out mellow and calm and grows into a lovely rock ballad with incredible vocals!

Yeah! So that’s it for this week’s Korean Indie special. Hope you liked it :D Click on the button below if you do!

  1. LostMyPants27

    Holy shizznit, those songs are amazing! I especially love Thornapple’s song. Some of the guitar riffs are so creepy sounding and I just love it. Movements is a good song also. However, since they spoke in Korean during your video, I’m assuming it’s a similar situation to One Ok Rock where the singer doesn’t really speak English but he memorizes the lyrics and practices so he has good pronunciation. Whatever the situation, they make great music and I’m definitely checking out the other songs by these groups!

  2. My K-Indie request for Simon and Martina! http://youtu.be/zfEU8AKKizQ #eatyourkimchi
    The Solutions music video for ‘Movements’ is so refreshing. I’ve really been enjoying it.

  3. biyongchy

    I’m loving then new sound that the Solutions is going for :DDD There’s also this song they released after their first album. I just LOVE the mix of acoustics and the track in the background: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IItWiodOz-E

  4. Well, The Solutions song is pretty good! but the intro reminded me of an old Pakistani rock song. If it’s not a problem, I’d like to share it here!

  5. Twaambowski

    Yay! great post! will definitely be purchasing both! <3

  6. i also wanted to share this singer as will she is a female artist and i like her music as well she is very good. Her name is Yozoh and the youtube video is her mv for her song Day Dream(뒹굴뒹굴). Check it out.


  7. So i have all of there CD’s and i love them so much. There so amazing and have good songs this is a newer song. They don’t have any music videos yet but 커피소년 is a great Indie Band. Please check them out i would love to see them reviewed. I think the world needs to know of this band also like i feel like no one knows how amazing they are.


  8. OMG!!!!!!!! You didn’t know about Thornapple, they are quite famous in the indie world of Hongdae. They did a show last year name “밴드의 시대” on Mnet with some other indie bands like Peter Pan Complex, Dear Cloud, Romantic Punch…..
    They are really nice, good musicians, the singer has an awesome voice (listen to [reason "이유"]) and songs are great.
    Well I hope you will have the opportunity to see them because now they are going higher and higher^^

  9. I just wanted to point out, in Thornapple’s music video around the 2:00 mark you can see the shadowy silhouette of the infamous ‘Korean Death Fan!’. I’m not sure if this symbolism is intended however, because I can’t tell what they’re singing about :3

  10. An Indie Playlist! Yay!

  11. YooHoo

    What is the song called of thornapple? I can’t read korean D :

  12. Thronapple is my new favourite thank you. also who is the lead singer they are all dreamy. Martina please point him out

  13. Yay so glad to see the indie segment back! And its such a treat to see the artist naturally talking about the music and videos. I love both songs and I bet they’re awesome live.

  14. Gracie グレイス

    It’s back! ( T_T)\(^-^ )

  15. I love The Solutions!!! Finally they came here yay!!!!!

  16. Indie segments!!! And Thornapple! Wow I love it.

  17. Lance

    Thank god you guys are back to doing Indie Playlist. THANK YOU. But seriously, I missed this segment.

  18. Yay! So glad to see another Korean Indie Playlist, I have really missed these! I really like both of these bands. I found both of their albums on yesasia.com, but I couldn’t find them on iTunes. So I am assuming that there are not any downloadable versions? If anyone knows where I can buy a digital copy of either of these albums, please let me know! Thanks for sharing these awesome bands and songs!!

    • There are tutorials for how to buy music from Melon/Bugs/etc from other countries, but they do involve lying about your address. Sometimes stuff shows up on Soribada’s foreigner portal: kpop.soribada.com but it seems really random what appears. Letting the artists know is a good thing — the Barbarettes had no idea they would have international fans, and enough people left messages on their facebook and youtube that they put their album up on youtube. (Also, the Barbarettes are awesome, and everyone should go listen to them.)

    • I’m not sure why bands don’t put their songs on iTunes. I don’t think they realize how much interest outside of Korea people have in them.

  19. I actually saw Thornapple’s video last week while browsing your Kpop charts. I instantly loved it! It was like a breath of fresh air.

  20. Ruchi

    Is it just me or does the Solutions song have kind of a Foster The People kind of vibe? I say that as a good thing.

  21. Viridis

    Thornapple were amazing, thanks for the introduction!

  22. SHINeeUKShawol

    oh yeah….and i feel like i already heard the Thornapple song before though….strange…i think it might have been on Jonghyun’s Blue Night radio…i THINK! cos there is no other way i would have already heard that song!

  23. SHINeeUKShawol

    they were both HOLY FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!!!

  24. Tiphaine

    Well I didn’t know The Solutions and I totally felt in love with the song “movements”
    WOW !

  25. Aaah finally Korean Indie Playlist is back! It must be one of my favourite segments and I am very thankful to you guys for introducing us to all these lovely bands. :D
    I’m loving both The Solutions and Thornapple. Great songs! Definitely gonna be checking them out.

  26. Just a heads up- the ‘playlist mode’ button on your video takes me to a playlist of all your Indie music related videos, and not these music videos! Or maybe it’s just me…?

    Also I love the way half the members of Thornapple were standing there like they were being scolded. Awkwaaard! Hahaha

    • We’re changing the playlist functions a bit. We have, like, hundreds of playlists, and they drown out our main, weekly playlists. I forgot to tell Martina before she shouted it out. Errr…oops!

      As for standing around awkwardly, that’s the problem when you have more than two people in the shot at once. One of them talks, and the rest do…what?

      I’d rather only have 1 or 2 people talking, tops. I’m not sure yet, though…

    • YooHoo

      lol yea it was a bit awkward : D
      it’s okay though, not like they are trained as idols are, so the awkwardness is endearing to me : D

    • NaToTheWak

      You’re luck, the playslist mode button took me nowhere !

      Anyways, I’m super happy the Indie playlists are back. Yay!

  27. the Maroon Marvel
    the Maroon Marvel

    Huzzah! the indie music segments are back!!!
    these segments are a nice palate cleanser from the kpop charts… such different sound =w=b

  28. Smaggly

    Totally digging both songs but Thornapple!!! Their song sounds so good! Omg! How lucky are we all to come across so much great music *___*

  29. Shisus

    I LOVE THORNAPPLE!! You beautiful people! Thank you for loving their sound too!!

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