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Korean Indie Playlist: Korea Rocks Edition!

April 14, 2013


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HAYYY HAY HAYYYYYYYY…Martina here! We’ve got a special version of the Korean Indie Playlist for this week that we’d like to share. It doesn’t happen often that we make a themed playlist, so…this is special.

So, there’s a concert/tour happening soon in England and Wales that’s gonna be bringing cool a few Korean Indie bands overseas. That’s awesome! How often do YOU get to see Korean Music IRL? Barely ever, if never. Now’s your chance! Galaxy Express, Apollo 18, Goonam, and Gate Flowers are gonna be there. We talked about three of the four bands since we only do three videos per playlist, but we’ve talked about Gate Flowers in a past Korean Indie Playlist, so check them out if you haven’t already.

First up is Galaxy Express with “Horongbul”

Man, I love these guys. But, I must confess, I wasn’t a huge fan of their earlier stuff because I was never really into traditional rock music. For example, I love about ten Metallica songs profusely and sing them at noraebang when I get the chance, but I was never really into ALL of Metallica’s stuff. Except when they teamed up with the San Francisco Symphony because that was all just gold, GOLD I SAY! Anyhoo, the point is, since Galaxy Express has been around for a long time, they’ve changed styles over the years and I’m definitely more into their new stuff. I still encourage you to listen to their older stuff because everyone has a different taste in music, right? There is also an especially awesome clip you can find on youtube of the band singing one of their own songs at noraebang. Hahaha how cool must that be? Anyhoo, “Horongbul” is probably one of my favourite songs they’ve put out so far. The lead singers raspy voice sounds like it’s always straining to hit the notes (though we know he is not) and the franticness of this song makes me want to see this as a song on the soundtrack of Fast and the Furious. Also, love the drum change near the end, I really wish I was in club thrashing around in a sea of fellow rockers for that part. One day. One day I’ll see them live!

Next up is one of my new favourite Korean hardcore rock bands, Apollo18.

I wanted to include some of their stuff in our past Indie playlists but I was waiting for a playlist that was more rock focused. It would be kind of awkward to show you a cute Korean girl strumming on her guitar followed up by screaming. Not for me, but maybe for you! Or maybe not? I know hardcore rock is not for everyone, but I feel like Apollo18 don’t just scream and strum the same power chords until you fall asleep (I like strange lullabies) they really change it up all within one song.

Let’s slow it down with some relaxing funky rock music. AWWWWWWW YEAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

I’m not sure why Goonam’s “Shadow Dance” reminded me of the summer time, but there was just something so mellow about it. Anyhow, we’re happy to talk about this song because it shows that there’s gonna be a good mix of variety in the tour lineup. Apollo 18 listeners and Goonam listeners, on a Venn Diagram, might not really overlap. Or you might. Who knows! We can say, though, that Goonam is more accessible, and something that both Simon and I can like equally, while Apollo 18 isn’t really his thing.

And, on that note, we promised to include the dates and locations of the tour so here they are:

KOREA ROCKS! Tour Schedule:

April 24: Kent, England @ Tunbridge Wells Forum [FREE SHOW]
April 26: Wrexham, Wales @ The Bank (Focus Wales)
April 27: Wrexham, Wales @ Yales Café Bar (Focus Wales)
April 28: London, England @ Barfly [FREE SHOW]
May 1: Manchester, England @ Night & Day Café [FREE SHOW]
May 3: Liverpool, England @ Studio 2 (Liverpool Sound City)
May 4: Liverpool, England @ Kazimier Gardens (Liverpool Sound City)

Lastly, this was not a paid post in any way. We got an email from the people running the Korea Rocks tour, and they thought it would be awesome if we could promote them in our K-Indie Playlist segment. If we didn’t like the bands…it would have been an awkward no…but luckily we already knew and like these bands and we were happy to spread the love! We really want to encourage Korean indie bands to drop us an email when they release a new music video so that we can include it in our playlists.



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  1. You guys should make a playlist including Dead buttons ^^

    5 years ago
  2. Since we are talking about Rock and Korean Indie music, perhaps somebody can answer a question for me.

    Does A-Tract still do shows? I’m not having any luck googling them in English.. :(

    6 years ago
  3. That scream sounded a LOT like a Wilhelm…..

    7 years ago
  4. I enjoyed this playlist. I usually avoid the indie playlists because I so rarely like the music that I just gave up. Galaxy Express was kind of fun. Although not something I’d listent to on my own, it was still enjoyable. I really liked Apollo 18, although I really didn’t care for 3:15-4:15. Just write another song!

    7 years ago
  5. I was thinking how much like a demented muppet Martina looked while thrashing around when I had THE blinding realization and *now I know the secret*.
    Simon and Martina are next generation Muppets that will be taking over the world through creative dementia. Think about it… glasses, check. Interesting hair/ hair colors; check. An ever changing wardrobe that reflects current trends and includes hats. check. Funny voices, cuddly fluffy pet friends, and the color pink; all brought to you by the letters E, Y and K. I know all and see all. And shall be retiring to my bunker now.
    Liked Galaxy Express and Apollo18, The last band, not my cup of tea.

    7 years ago
  6. “I got a fever, and the only prescription is…..more COWBELL!” Cowbells…. it is so true Simon, gotta have more cowbell in life.

    Martina, that is totally how I rocked out to Galaxy Express…I was lucky enough to catch Galaxy Express twice in the States…in fact saw them just a week ago for the last leg of their tour and earlier in the month with other K indie bands on their Seoul Sonic/SXSW tour (I saw No Brain too, thanks to you guys sharing them on K-Crunch Indie playlist, did some research on them, only to discover they were playing in my city in a week…I even got to meet part of the band after the show…so THANK YOU!). I definitely woke up with a sore neck both times…too much hair flipping and head banging. Galaxy Express are fantastic live…play hard and one can tell how talented they are. It was a shame the crowd wasn’t as energetic (SF Bay Area people are just too cool to dance…we are low key bunch)…but whatevs, I still danced my butt off when I couldn’t fight the music….which was most of the time.

    Apollo 18 is pretty good too…I like the music interlude at 2:30. I get mixed on screaming type rock, sometimes I like it other times I want to save my ears…but Apollo 18 seemed to balance the screaming well…the changeups are well executed too. I wish they had toured the states but maybe next year. *Crossing Fingers*

    I was really bummed when Goonam played the night I had work, but I saw some of the live recordings and I really love how funky they are. Not only do they sound a bit like the 70’s, but they look like they stepped out of the seventies.

    Great K-Crunch Indie Theme this week!

    7 years ago
  7. Age restriction?? WHYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!! Why am I soo young????!!???!?!?

    7 years ago
    • The hosts are 바보’s for restricting the whole venue rather than the bar area. ㅜ.ㅜ

      7 years ago
  8. That last one is definitely a summer time song. Cruising down the drive, windows down, smell the lake air and the scent of suntan lotion and barbecue. Exit the drive and quickly roll windows back up and turn on the air conditioner when I see the corner meth head stumbling towards cars with hand out. Feel guilty and hope he reflects on his choices, drive on and roll windows back down. Realistic summer day in the city.

    7 years ago
  9. must have been too much videos to edit… i had the same problems too when there were too many videos to edit, but i always make sure i “proof watch” my videos first before publishing lol

    7 years ago
  10. Galaxy Express and Apollo 18 are right up my alley. I hope one day we get a full Metal indie playlist.

    7 years ago