By Shawn Despres
The concert promotion team Open Your Eyes, which includes Ki Seok Seo from The Geeks/Things We Say and Cliff Alexander from Shellback (along with Bomb, a former roadie for The Geeks), are bringing Strike Anywhere to Seoul on Monday, March 1.
Formed in 1999, the American quintet have released four fantastic discs on top-notch labels Jade Tree, Fat Wreck Chords, and Bridge 9 Records and have toured around the world with their brand of melodic hardcore.
Currently gigging in Asia in support of last October’s “Iron Front,” Strike Anywhere are scheduled to play four shows in Japan (three of which included South Korea’s own 99 Anger), before making their Seoul debut at Live Club Ssam (Ssamzie Space). The politically charged “Iron Front” was written mainly in the Czech Republic and recorded in the States. Reviews for the 13 track effort have been strong, with Punknews.org calling it “the punk album to beat for 2009.”
Here’s the music video for “I’m Your Opposite Number,” one of the many infectious rallying anthems on “Iron Front.”
Open Your Eyes have recruited a wealth of local punk and hardcore talent to open for Strike Anywhere in Seoul strengthening what already promises to be a high energy, powerful affair. 99 Anger will again be joining the band along with Things We Say, Rux, domestic heavyweights The Geeks, and others. The Geeks celebrated their 10th anniversary last year and are currently working on a new EP that will surface in September on American imprint Think Fast! Records and Seoul’s own Townhall Records.
Tickets for Monday night’s concert at Hongdae’s Live Club Ssam (Ssamzie Space) are 25,000 won and doors will open at 5 p.m. The show will finish at 10 p.m. so you’ll definitely have plenty of time to rest before work, school, or whatever else you’ve got to do on Tuesday morning.
Hardcore fans will be happy to know that Open Your Eyes will also be presenting a gig featuring Bane, Cruel Hand, and The Geeks in May. We’ll share more details about the show once they are formally announced.
Here are the set times for Monday’s Strike Anywhere gig:
5:00 – 5:20 Shellback
5:25 – 5:50 … Whatever That Means
5:55 – 6:25 Burn My Bridges
6:30 – 7:00 Rux
7:05 – 7:35 Things We Say
7:40 – 8:10 99 Anger
8:15 – 8:45 The Geeks
8:45 – 10:00 Strike Anywhere