Ready To Blast Off!

By Shawn Despres

Although it’s been available since late July, the official release party for Apollo 18’s new full-length, “[O] Album” (also known as “The Blue Album”) takes place at Salon Badabie in Hongdae on Saturday, September 19. The second in a series of three albums, “[0] Album” follows February’s excellent eponymous EP (also known as “The Red Album”). Fans can expect the final chapter (tentatively titled “[0.5] Album” or “The Violet Album”) of the Ilsan-based act’s rock ‘n’ roll trilogy to surface on local label Estella Records at the end of this year or early in 2010.

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Apollo 18′s stock has been steadily rising since forming in the summer of 2008. This past July they were invited to showcase their infectious mix of hard rock and post-rock at both the Jisan Valley Rock Festival and the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival. In August, they won a “Rookie Music Award” from EBS and KOCCA. To learn more about the group, check out the interview I did with them for this month’s Groove Korea magazine.

The entrance fee for Saturday night’s festvities is 15,000 won and things get started at 7 p.m. Finger foods will be served and everyone will be given one free cocktail (you get to choose the colour – red, blue, or violet). Apollo 18 are giving away 50 t-shirts, 50 hand-numbered three-track demos, and 20 copies of their EP at the gig. Those who reserve tickets for the concert in advance through their CyWorld page will get first crack at the loot and any left over goodies will be distributed to the rest of the attendees. Apollo 18 will be playing an hour-long set that will include the bulk of their recorded material to date. According to an interview on the always awesome Indieful ROK, belly dancer Eshe will join them for “[0 Album]” cut “Orbis” (she appears in the song’s music video). No. 1 Korean, National Pigeon Unity, and The Plastic Day will open the gig. Rumour has it that N.P.U. will cover an Apollo 18 song during their performance.

Here’s Apollo 18′s “Orbis” music video.

On Sunday Apollo 18 will be flying to Japan for their first overseas concerts. They’ll be playing in Tokyo on September 21 (Shibuya O-East & Duo Music Exchange) and September 22 (Shibuya O-Nest) as part of the “Zankyo Festival 5th Anniversary” and will share stages with Sweeden’s Scraps Of Tape , the UK’s Shapes, and top notch J-indie acts such as 9mm Parabellum Bullet, Te’, and Mudy On The Sakuban.

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