Korean Bands in North America — So Far, So Good

By Mark

So I guess our friends who are playing North America at the moment are all about halfway done their tours. And we are starting to get a little press on them.

At Canadian Music Week in Toronto, where Seoulsonic took Galaxy Express, Vidulgi Ooyoo, and Idiotape to play last week, Idiotape got praised by the Toronto Star as one of “Nine acts that stood out from the Pack.” Said the Star:

This Korean electronic trio were achieving the near impossible — getting a strange audience in Toronto to dance — with their infectious sound, somewhere between Cut Copy and Chromeo. The two guys twiddling knobs at the front, Dguru and Zeze, could have kept it going, but the stunning live drummer known as DR kept breaking parts of his kit with his power. Even so, the audience was won over. If the band`s attempt to break into North America is serious — and they are playing at South by Southwest after this — then catch them the next time.

So it sounds like they were a big hit. Kind of funny, considering they might be the band with the smallest following of the three in Korea. But different places respond to bands differently, so you never know.

Funny, too, to see that they played Clinton’s, a dodgy old dive bar on Bloor Street that has been around since 1937 and helped launch the careers of Holly Cole and Cowboy Junkies. But it is also right in Toronto’s Koreatown, and these days has a noraebang and PC bang in the back (or at least it did the last time I was there).

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By the way, you might want to check out the calendar and see the latest lineups for the Beautiful Mint Life, World DJ Fest, and Green Plugged festivals. All three have updated their lineups, with the World DJ Fest now looking especially large and impressive.

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