Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Browsing Collection

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 – October 1 with 140 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Carolina Karlsson (drums), Mimi Brander (vocals, guitar), Moa Lenngren (guitar, vocals) and Nora Lenngren (bass, vocals) of  Swedish rock act Browsing Collection. Their Zandari Festa showcase will happen on Friday, September 29 from 8 pm – 9 pm at Club FF. Now, let’s get to their answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?
Moa: First and foremost, we are very excited to get out of Europe and play for a completely new audience! We’ve never been to Asia before and look forward to showing you guys our music.

Mimi: Yeah, who doesn’t want to play in South Korea? It will be amazing!Nora: We’re also very curious about getting to know the people and what they are listening to. We hope they are more into hard rock music than Swedes are!

What can people expect from a Browsing Collection live show?

Mimi: It would be quite exciting for you to come and see us without having any expectations. So expect nothing!

Carolina: Except some super awesome energy, head banging and heavy riffs.

Moa: And we also like to kind of improvise and go bananas! So, you actually never know what you’ll get from a Browsing Collection show.

Nora: That’s correct. Like that time we played so loud the whole speaker system collapsed, or the time my bass frequency shattered the glasses in the bar.

Moa: Or when I shook my head so hard I lost control and fell all the way back into the drum set.

Mimi: So as I said, don’t have any expectations!

For fest-goers not familiar with Browsing Collection yet, what should they know about you?
Carolina: We’ve played together since we were little kids, and we do everything by ourselves! Like recording and producing our own music, filming and editing our own music videos, arrange photo shoots and design our own merchandise. Besides that we put a lot of effort in writing meaningful lyrics about making the world a better place.

Mimi: We also have a great sense of humor!

Moa: Yeah, you should see when we have our annual ‘Browsing taco night’.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

Nora: We’d like to check out other bands of course, get inspired by different cultures, meet new people and get new valuable contacts.

Mimi: Hopefully we’ll eat some nice Korean food, too!

Moa: And I can’t wait for the beer as well!

If Browsing Collection was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

Mimi: It would probably be more like a shot of Fireball! Fast, hot and will make you lose your mind!

 

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Ego Function Error

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 –
October 1 with 140 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Minjung Kim, vocalist of local Seoul act Ego Function Error. Now let’s get to her answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

Zandari has allowed us to step forward every year since 2013, so it’s not just a showcase for us. We’d like to say Zandari is a vitamin for us.

There have been a lot of cases in which Korean independent musicians like us are able to perform overseas such as when we played at Midem 2016 or toured Japan last year. We think the trigger for this was definitely Zandari Festa.

When we hang out with musicians and delegates from many different countries in Seoul during Zandari Festa, we feel like we are facing an enormous, energetic surge from around the world. We are convinced that all the musicians, regardless of their nationality, will cause an explosion in Hongdae with their energy and performances this year as well.

What can people expect from a Ego Function Error live show?

Ego Function Error simply means ‘crazy person’. All you need to do is just have fun and jump at our show. Let’s go crazy together!

For fest-goers not familiar with Ego Function Error yet, what should they know about you?

We are a psychedelic punk rock band. We are willing to protest and stand up against against things that are wrong in this society like sexual discrimination or stereotypes. But instead of punk rock’s typical three-chord playing, we choose a psychedelic way to spread our messages.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

Attend the after party. It’s definitely something that everyone at the fest should go to. It’s filled with so many great people and has an amazing vibe. During Zandari, we’re going to put all of our energy into meeting and hanging out with passionate and talented friends from all over the world.

If Ego Function Error was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

A long island ice tea, which is sour, sweet and strong!

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Eyre Llew

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 –
October 1 with 140 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions

For the next installment, we’re talking with Jack Clark, pianist and drummer for Eyre Llew from the UK. Now let’s get to their answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

This is our first time performing outside of the UK and Europe so we’re excited about experiencing Korea’s music culture. We’re grateful to play a festival like Zandari where people love and appreciate great music.

What can people expect from a Eyre Llew live show?

We combine a mix of emotional drones/swells with sudden explosions and heavy guitars. One member plays drums and piano simultaneously and another member plays violin bow on his guitar, which creates an atmospheric back drop that creates a really unique experience.

For fest-goers not familiar with Eyre Llew yet, what should they know about you?

We’ve been a band for three years and have been working on our first ever album over the last two years which is coming out on the 19th October. We like to make emotional and atmospheric pieces of music and are hoping to score for film in the near future. Right now we’re just touring as much as possible, and will do a UK/EU tour in November and December.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

Experience Korea’s music culture as much as possible as we’ve all never been to Korea or this far east. Eat some food and meet some great people.

If Eyre Llew was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

I don’t know much about Korean cocktails but I know of soju. Here we drink a lot of wine, so let’s go with that. We’re like a fine bottle of wine with a wonderful flavour to it.

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Sax Machine

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 – October 1 with 120 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Guillaume Sené (saxophonist) and RacecaR (MC) from French/US trio Sax Machine. Now let’s get to their answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

Guillaume: We are very excited to play at Zandari Festa 2017 because it will be our first time in South Korea!

What can people expect from a Sax Machine live show?

Guillaume: Our live shows are very improvised. Each show is a unique experience.

For fest-goers not familiar with Sax Machine yet, what should they know about you?

Guillaume: Sax Machine is three people; two French horn players playing saxophone and trombone and recording live loops with their instruments and effect pedals, and an American rapper.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

Guillaume: We would like to discover South Korean culture.

If Sax Machine was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

RacecaR: This cocktail would be one part improvisation, one part participation, one part excitation,  and one part anticipation. It is called “Speed of Life”.

 

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Pseudo

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 – October 1 with 120 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Jonathan Lyte, vocalist and guitarist of Canadian punk band Pseudo. Now let’s get to his answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

We’re particularly excited about this show because it will be our first ever festival. We haven’t played any yet in North America, so to break into the festival grid in Korea is our biggest reason to be excited!

What can people expect from a Pseudo live show?

People can expect a fairly short set – a finished-before-it’s-even-had-a-chance-to-start kind of set. It’s fairly fast paced and energetic with nice relaxing pauses between songs.

For fest-goers not familiar with Pseudo yet, what should they know about you?

They should know that we are way more friendly than we look. We seem angry or upset most of the time on the outside, but we’re pretty shy and want people to know they can approach us freely.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

I’m personally stoked to see Wasted Johnny’s, among many of the other awesome bands my friends have pointed out to me since the festival began announcing its lineup. Besides that, we’re going to be doing some serious catching up with some friends that we haven’t seen in a while. Zandari is the perfect meeting time for all of us!

If Pseudo was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

Is a mojito a cocktail? I’m sorry, none of us really drink, but in my heart I feel like it would be a mojito. Not too bitter, not too sweet, but still enough for you to realize way too late that you have had nine already.

 

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Full Garage

The sixth annual Zandari Festa will be taking place in Hongdae from September 29 – October 1 with 120 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Keunyoung Lee, vocalist and bassist of Seoul punk band Full Garage. Now let’s get to his answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

We played at Zandari Festa last year for the first time. It was so fun. It felt like the whole Hongdae area became a rock festival town.

This year we’re excited to have free beers at Zandari HQ, meet musicians who we’ve never met before, and also meet old friends who are playing in bands at different venues in Hongdae. I believe this year’s fest is going to be even more awesome than last year!

What can people expect from a Full Garage live show?

Full Garage is a punk rock band that plays fast beats with pop melodies. If you like ’90s melodic hardcore or punk rock, Full Garage will be good for you.

We don’t have any songs that last over three minutes. Three minutes is too long for us, so we always finish every single song in two minutes or less. So a Full Garage show is fast, simple, and short and includes plenty of pop melodies.

For fest-goers not familiar with Full Garage yet, what should they know about you?

Full Garage was formed in 2013. We’re still a young band. Before Full Garage, I played in a melodic hardcore punk band called Gumx. If you were a kid in ’90s and listened to punk rock at the time, you’re going to love us.

4. Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

I want to hang around in Hongdae holding a beer. I’ll be saying hello and stopping to talk with friends I meet on the street. Then buying another beer and moving to the venue where my favorite bands are playing. On the way there, if I meet another friend I’ll stop again and talk and laugh with them again.

5. If Full Garage was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

We are not like any kind of cocktail. Instead, we’re more like a small 330ml bottle of cold IPA.

Zandari Festa 2017 – Five Questions with Farewell Dear Ghost

The sixth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 29 –
October 1 with 120 international and domestic acts. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For the first installment, we’re talking with Farewell Dear Ghost from Austria. The final schedule is not yet out, but check back to soon to see when and where Farewell Dear Ghost will play at Zandari Festa. Now let’s get to their answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2017?

It’s our first time in Korea ever. You always get excited about first times, don’t you?

What can people expect from a Farewell Dear Ghost live show?

We’re always striving for emotional release and some kind of energetic dynamic that is permanently present when we perform on stage. We’re not afraid of fist-in-the-air anthems, raising our voices and our bodies to create some sort of feeling of unity. That’s something we’re always looking for.

For fest-goers not familiar with Farewell Dear Ghost yet, what should they know about you?

They should know that we play our little hearts out for everyone that comes to celebrate with us. I guess, our music is in a way trying to break boundaries, introducing different genres to each other and having them all dance around together. That all somehow adds up to a sometimes exaggerated, but always honest and emotional live performance.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2017?

We’d love to explore the sheer infinite possibilities Seoul has to offer. Coming mostly from the rural side of Austria, we’re not really used to huge towers, millions of people meeting in the heart of the city center. It’s going to overwhelm and maybe scare us a little bit. But we cannot wait to let the city operate on us.

If Farewell Dear Ghost was a cocktail, what would it be and why?

A nice, but pretty tough question. Preferably, we’d describe ourselves as a Pina Colada. Sweet and sticky at the same time and you’re not really sure whether you should taste it. But once you do, you experience inner warmth and something that you’ve never felt before. So you’re off for thirty more.

Keep on gigging…

So, if you’ve checked out KGG over the past few months, you’ve probably noticed that not a lot has been posted at the calendar. And sadly I don’t see that changing in the near future.

What can I say? Things change. Shawn left Korea a couple of years ago. I have a family now, so don’t really have much time for going to concerts.

But, even more importantly, there’s no longer the same need for a concert-listing website. When I started the Korea Gig Guide in 2008, it was an unbelievable pain-in-the-butt to find shows in Korea. Most bands did not have their own websites and Facebook wasn’t in much use in Korea. Bands and clubs often did have Daum cafes or Cyworld pages, but all-too-often they were badly maintained or behind a security wall. There weren’t many websites – in English or Korean – where people could learn about the groups and the indie scene.

Today, there are many options. Almost all the groups and clubs are on Facebook. There are multiple concert listing websites in English, and plenty of English-language materials about the scene. There just is not the same need that were was when I started, nearly a decade ago.

We might post the occasional story here, and the KGG Facebook page is still going strong. But for the most part, the Korea Gig Guide is going dormant. If you were a reader of KGG, thanks a lot for checking us out and helping local artists. Keep supporting good music. Cheers!

57 reasons to rock (all across Europe)

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Korean rock duo 57 are heading off for an extensive tour of the UK and Europe this May and June. Originally hailing from Jeonju, they have gone from strength to strength since relocating to Seoul. In 2015, they won the KT&G Band Discovery contest and reached the finals of the EBS Hello Rookie contest, and then in 2016 they were invited to the UK to perform at the Liverpool Sound City Festival (using the opportunity to perform around the UK for three weeks).

Now 57 is about to embark on an even bigger tour of Europe, spending seven weeks traveling the UK, France, Germany and Poland. The Korea Gig Guide was lucky enough to talk with the group before they flew out.

KGG: How are you guys feeling with regards to the upcoming tour of the UK?
We are crazy excited about the tour. It’s really long and we have so many shows. I hope that people are ready for us to come.

How are you approaching things differently this time compared to last year?
Last year’s tour was centered around an appearance at Liverpool Sound City. We emailed so many promoters and venues. Sadly, we hardly got any replies, just 5 or 6, I think. I think that one problem was that we started a little late last year. We did not realize how intense the competition was going to be. It is festival season over in Europe and so there are so many bands on tour. This year we have been working with Patrick from DoIndie to prepare the tour. We started much, much earlier this time around. I think we prepared the press pack and started reaching out to people in early November 2016. That early start really paid off and he has managed to get us 23 shows in the UK, France, Germany and Poland. Patrick’s family have even been helping out as well. His dad helped us buy a car to use for the tour and they are providing a place to stay as well as lending us their tents, sleeping bags, etc. We really appreciate all the help they are giving.

Having previously played in the UK, how does it feel to venture to other countries?
It always feels great to visit a new place. Every city seems to have it’s own unique atmosphere to enjoy. Also, each time we play a show in a new place, we don’t know if we’ll ever have the chance to go back there so we play it as it if it will be our last time to visit that place. We give it 120 percent and leave everything on the stage.

What was the biggest surprise about the shows last time?
It was a great surprise to me just to be able to be over in the UK performing. Of course, it was always a dream to do something like that, but it still felt like a dream even when it became reality. The whole thing was a bit of a challenge, as it was our first time playing outside of Korea. We learned a lot.

With 23 shows planned, how do you recharge the batteries in between shows, and what will you plan to do when not rocking out?
I have no idea! We will have to be like robots and just keep going. Actually, I am a little worried about that, but we will get through it. The adrenaline of the shows will keep us going I think. Also, Snow’s brother is coming with us to help with the driving and stuff. That means we should be able to recharge a little on the road. We have some days off from time to time as well so we will get a little sightseeing in and and relaxation time as well. I think as long as we eat well and sleep well we will be fine. We will take some energy from the audiences as well and use that to help get us though.

Could you tell us a bit about your debut album and what you’re working on now?
Our debut album consisted of seven songs that were made in the early days. The album’s title is “57” and contains a spectrum of sounds ranging from acoustic to powerful. We self-recorded that first album.

The new album which we plan to release in the summer this year is still to be recorded. We have put down some demo tracks, which are sounding great. But as soon as we come back from Europe we will be hitting the studio. This time round we won’t be self-recording it. It will all be done in a studio with the help of engineers, etc. I think it will be a much fuller sound. It’s going to be great anyway.

What’s the biggest challenge for yourself and other Korean independent bands when it comes to traveling and performing overseas?
I don’t know. It is a hard question to answer. From a booking perspective, I do not think it is any harder for Korean bands than it would be for unknown bands from any other country. Booking shows as an unknown band from anywhere is a real slog. It’s not just like you make the press pack, put it out there and people book you. You need to send thousands of emails and always chase everyone. It is really hard work.

On tour … I guess every band is different. Also, we have never put together a tour like this before, so I am not even sure what challenges we will face. I think the biggest challenge is to face up to your fears, overcome them and get on with achieving what you want to achieve. Even if you do not get the results you wanted from the tour, I think that the band grows and develops naturally from the experience of the tour itself. As the band grows, their music grows as well. I think that by meeting the challenges that arise and overcoming all the hurdles then it will have a positive effect on the band and the music we create.

Any final message for those who might come out and see you perform in the UK?
Please check us out on one (or more) of our shows on the Making Fire 2017 Europe Tour. We will be there, giving it everything we have at each show! We love meeting new people so come and say hi and share a drink with us. See you there!

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For more information, you can check out the links below and for those keep to see them in Europe, the dates are included too.

Facebook
Soundcloud
Bandcamp
Twitter

New Singles:
1) Making Fire:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/making-fire-single/id1230169333
https://play.spotify.com/album/2Zrm06kGJ6PFFnhOsW2d3F

2) Pray For The Dead
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/pray-for-the-dead-single/id1230517488
https://play.spotify.com/album/5jSWf9PwZ3SR5DFnIVgZqh

Videos:
https://youtu.be/RoAyJuES_E0
https://youtu.be/vlsfpoD1F_Y
https://youtu.be/rp-CGJpiSTU

2017 Making Fire Tour Dates
May 11: Undegun (Focus Wales), Wrexham (UK)
May 12: ROC2 Studios (Focus Wales), Wrexham (UK)
May 13: The Pot, Rhyl (UK)
May 15: Prince Albert, Brighton (UK)
May 17: Dublin Castle, London (UK)
May 18: 81 Renshaw, Liverpool (UK)
May 19: Stramash, Edinburgh (UK)
May 21: Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough (UK)
May 26: Asylum, Chelmsford (UK)
May 29: West Street Club, Sheffield (UK)
June 2: Bei Ruth, Berlin (Germany)
June 7: Chlodna 25, Warsaw (Poland)
June 9: Seazone Music Conference, Sopot (Poland)
June 10: CKN Centrala, Gorzów (Poland)
June 11: Watch Docs Festival, Słupsk (Poland)
June 16: L’Alimentation Générale, Paris (France)
June 17: Lapin Blanc, Réding (France)
June 19: Fuel Cafe, Manchester (UK)
June 21: White Bear, Barnsley (UK)
June 22: The Exchange, Stoke (UK)
June 23: The Saddle, Chester Live Festival, Chester (UK)
June 24: The North, Rhyl (UK)
June 25: Club 147, Llandudno (UK)

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Galaxy Express set to rock SXSW this weekend

South Korean indie legends Galaxy Express are set to the ram their infectious garage-meets-stadium rock back into Texas this Friday and Saturday for this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Performing as part of the K-Pop Night Out showcase and doing a second showcase on their own, Galaxy are gearing up to shred some Texan eardrums.

It’s been nearly three years since the band last played abroad, so SXSW audiences can expect a show fueled by an extra dose of that rock vitality they have enamored fans with around the world.


This award-winning three piece also have other exciting plans in the works, including  new music. They released a brand new single on March 11 called “The Way,” and I’d been told they were hoping to record another track each month. The songs will eventually make up their fifth full-length album.

“Yeah, we’re just going to write them as we jam,” explains bassist Juhyun Lee. “We just decided that if we can record like this, and make one song a month, it’d be great.

“Of course the sound will feel different every month. It’s not something we have a clear plan for,” says Juhyun. “We just want to capture the feeling of the moment. So I expect each month the songs will have a different feel to them. Summer will be hot so the summer tracks will likely have a hot feel to them.”

More pressing then their plans to record, the band is excited about getting back Stateside. This will be their fourth time to play SXSW but their first overseas show since 2014 as Juhyun’s 2013 marijuana conviction made international tours more challenging.

But they are more than excited to spread their wings again. I asked them how they felt about heading back this year. Rather than having a grueling tour schedule, they are happy to focus on the SXSW shows only this time, and to check out other acts during the festival.

“Well, we’ve got Korean friends living in Austin so it’s like we’re going to meet family for a celebration,” says guitarist Jonghyun Park. “We get to catch up with friends we haven’t seen in a while.”

“This time we don’t have other shows to perform so we can cruise around and check out the place properly and enjoy SXSW,” says Juhyun. “The whole place is abuzz and the streets are literally filled with music.”

I wondered if there was a major difference between Korean and American audiences, and what excites them about the SXSW audience.

“In the States, there’s always these young guys who come to our shows and bow their heads in front of us,” Jonghyun explains, imitating some thrashing fans up the front of a show.

“One guy explained that when he was an exchange student in Korea, he saw us perform. He came to our SXSW show. When we asked him why he liked us, he explained that it’s because we make so much noise,” adds Juhyun.

“So, we thought, these guys are crazy! But I guess they also think we’re kind of crazy. So it means we go crazy together!” laughs Jonghyun.

“South Korea and the Trump country [USA] are both in a similar situation at the moment,” Jonghyun explains, referring to former President Park Geun-hye when I asked about what it will be like to play in an America under Trump. “We’re all the same at the end of the day.”

“Because of Trump, I’ve heard that there are many angry Americans. If many of those angry people make their way to our show, won’t it be fun?” he adds with a laugh. “We can let off steam together!”

And after the show? Putting aside rumors the guys like to take a dip at the local nude beach, I wondered how they will unwind after another sweat-drenched performance.

Juhyun has it all laid out: “After you’ve had a lot to drink, there’s a rice noodle restaurant where you can cure your hangover and then there’s also a Thai massage joint.”

“It’s been a long time since we played there. I hope those who came to see us last time will make it out. I wonder how it’ll feel to meet those people again,” ponders Jonghyun. “And they could also see us differently, of course.”

While not all of the members are so confident in using English, it doesn’t seem to phase them. They look forward to rubbing shoulders with fans.

“We use body language and just hope we get the right amount of change,” jokes drummer Heekwon Kim.

“Yeah, we communicate with our music,” adds Jonghyun.

Here’s Galaxy Express’ schedule at SXSW:
March 17 Austin, Texas (9:30pm – 10:10pm) @ The Belmont (K-Pop Night Out)
March 18 Austin, Texas (1:00am – 1:40am) @ Barracuda Backyard