By Shawn Despres
While Jon’s “Japanese riot grrls in Hongdae” post covers things for Saturday night if you are looking for something to do on Friday (May 15), I highly recommend hitting Club FF in Hongdae for The Plastic Day’s CD release party.
The Seoul trio will celebrate the unveiling of their excellent debut full-length, “30 Seconds Between The Dreamer and The Realist” with a 90-minute set (their longest to date) featuring nearly all of their recorded material. If that wasn’t enticing enough, three highly entertaining acts (Apollo 18, Galaxy Express, and Cocore) have been recruited to open what will no doubt be a great night.
Friends since high school, the band began performing together as The Plastic Day in late 2006. The next year saw them winning a spot on the bill for the Ssamzie Sound Festival and putting out an eight-track EP, “Lady.”
They took a nearly six-month hiatus at the beginning of 2008 before regrouping to play the way-too-cool Love Camp festival in May (event photos here and here). The Plastic Day have been a steady fixture on the local live scene ever since. Nearly 12 months of incessant gigging has tightened their show up immensely turning them from a good rock band into one of Seoul’s top young talents.
The self-produced “30 Seconds Between The Dreamer and The Realist” adds a distinct psych-tinged shoegaze edge to the group’s early post-punk and post-grunge roots creating an infectious, hard hitting sound. The full album is now being streamed on the band’s MySpace site (www.myspace.com/theplasticday).
Friday’s festivities will run from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Cover is 15,000 won with a drink. Along with “30 Seconds Between The Dreamer and The Realist” and “Lady” The Plastic Day will also be selling their new guys and gals T-shirts, which were created by Korean fashion designers Juun.J and Jain Song.
The Plastic Day’s upcoming summer tour dates include an appearance at Jeju Island’s Stepping Stone Festival in early July. We’ll post more details about the concert on KGG once they surface.