For the past two years, Korea Gig Guide has been co-presenting the Shake Shop concert series with Dream Dance Studio. Held monthly, the event has seen some of the top talents in Seoul’s indie scene collaborating with bellydancer Eshe and her Navah troupe. Since Shake Shop started in February 2012, here’s the complete list of acts that have performed at the show:
Galaxy Express, Kingston Rudieska, Rux, Jambinai, Hollow Jan, The Strikers, Smacksoft, Harry Big Button, Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio, Ludistelo, The Geeks, The Greatest Voyage, Asian Chairshot, Big Phony, Startline, ECE, A’z Bus, Streetguns, 4 Brothers, Momguamaum, Hellivision, Romantiqua, Viduldi Ooyoo, Yukari, Juck Juck Grunzie, Pavlov, Love X Stereo, Dead Buttons, Toyshop, Beatniks, Ninano Nanda, Summit Beatbox, Tengger, …Whatever That Means, Mojo Project Sound System, Sato Yukie, Counter Reset, Bad Trip, Wasted Johnny’s, Modsdive, My Way Killing, T-shirts Sunset, Yamagata Tweakster, National Pigeon Unity, Danpyunsun, Sugar Come Again, No. 1 Korean, Ynot?
This Saturday (February 14), will be the final Shake Shop concert as the creator of the series, Seoul-based bellydancer Eshe, will soon be returning to her native Canada. But Shake Shop will definitely be closing out on a high note as Saturday’s concert at Club Freebird 2 in Hongdae will see Eshe and Navah teaming up with Apollo 18, Galaxy Express, Goonam, and … Whatever That Means.
Saturday night will be Apollo 18’s first time playing Shake Shop. However, the post-hardcore/post-rock trio have a long history with Eshe. In 2009, they asked her to star in their “Orbis” music video and they have performed the track live with her as a special guest several times over the years.
“It’s always exciting to play with Eshe,” says bassist Kim Dae-inn. “Her dancing adds so much beauty to the world.”
The band are currently working on material for their long overdue follow-up to 2011’s “Black” EP. Three new songs have been penned so far, and the band are hoping to start recording this summer. But for now, Kim’s mind is on Apollo 18’s Shake Shop appearance with Eshe and Navah.
“For our next album, we need to think bigger,” he says. “But now the most important thing is Apollo 18’s concert with bellydancers. It’s going to be a wonderful performance of dance and music.”
Galaxy Express were a part of the February 2014 edition of Shake Shop, Shake Shop volume 12. The psych-tinged garage rock group are excited about having the opportunity to help finish the series too.
“We’re so happy to be playing,” says bassist Lee Ju-hyun. “It’s an honor to be a part of the lineup for the last Shake Shop. We think it’s going to be a really fun and happy night.”
The band are putting the finishing touches on their fourth full-length offering and the plan is to issue the disc sometime this year.
“The music is more relaxed, simple, and free” says Lee.
Goonam have been on Eshe’s and Navah’s wish list for a long time. And luckily schedules meshed and the four piece were able to join the final edition of Shake Shop.
“I think this will be a special experience,” says guitarist Joh Ung. “I wanted to be a dancer when I was younger so this is a good fit for us.”
Like the other bands playing on Saturday night, Goonam’s retro-flavored rock is very different from traditional bellydance music. But Joh doesn’t think that matters.
“Nice music complements nice sceneries,” he says. “So nice dancing will be really good with nice music.”
… Whatever That Means have also appeared at Shake Shop before. The melodic punk act were a part of Shake Shop volume 9 back in October 2013. Eshe and the band have been talking about teaming up again ever since.
“The first Shake Shop we played was so much fun,” says guitarist Jeff Moses. “We really didn’t know what to expect last time. I knew The Strikers had done Shake Shop, and they said it went well. Still, we weren’t really sure how it would go. Everything went really well though, and all the dancers were just so impressive. We knew right away that we’d want to do this again.
“Since then, we’ve become good friends with several of the ladies who do the show so this time should be even more fun. Add to that the great lineup for the final show, and how couldn’t we be excited?”
The band recently returned back to Korea after touring in Singapore and Malaysia in January. They had previously toured Malaysia in 2010, but this was their first time doing dates in Singapore.
“The tour was great!” says Moses. “The last time we came down here, we were a really new band. We’d just released our first demo and nobody had heard of us before. We ended up playing most of our shows with hardcore and metal bands who we didn’t really fit in with. This time around, the lineups were a lot more balanced, a lot of people remembered us from the last tour, and a lot of people who didn’t know us listened to us online and watched our music videos before we came. All that just really helped us have more excited audiences to play for.
“One of the biggest highlights was definitely our show in Melaka. We honestly had low hopes for the show. It was on a Tuesday in a city with a really small scene, and we hadn’t seen a lot of advertising for it. We showed up at the venue, and there wasn’t anyone there at first, but over fifty people ended up coming out and they all went nuts! We were playing in a big practice room and everyone was jumping around and moshing. It was really cool.”
Shake Shop volume 20 will be the last edition of the Shake Shop concert series and takes place on Saturday, February 14 at Club Freebird 2. Eshe and Navah will collaborate with Apollo 18, Galaxy Express, Goonam, and … Whatever That Means. The show starts at 7:30 pm and tickets are 20,000 won with 1 free drink. For more information, check out the Facebook event page for the show here.