This weekend No Age will make their Korean live debut with gigs in Busan (April 27) and Seoul (April 28). For those wondering what to expect from the acclaimed American art punk duo’s concerts, here is a small preview from drummer Dean Spunt.
“Our Korean shows are going to be a wild, exciting, hopefully sweaty, and raging time,” says Spunt. “We’re going to play some old ones and a few new ones too. Get ready!”
Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall formed No Age in 2005 after playing together in a band called Wives. According to Spunt, the two decided to make music together after meeting at a hotel where they both worked.
“Randy was a maid and I was a dishwasher,” says Spunt. “He liked Black Flag and I thought he was cool. Things just sort of took off from there.”
The pair signed with Sub Pop for the release of their 2008 “Nouns” album. The offering received high praise from critics and fans alike. No Age’s 2010 “Everything in Between” follow-up was equally heralded and was ranked number 13 on Pitchfork’s “The Top 50 Albums of 2010” list. No date has been set for the band’s next recorded effort, but Spunt and Randall already have a bunch of new cuts prepped that Korean audiences will get to sample at Busan’s Vinyl Underground and Seoul’s Rolling Hall.
“Now we’re working on some really raw songs,” says Spunt. “They are pretty rough around the edges and I think quite different from ‘Everything in Between.’”
Always happy to share their noisy anthems with new folks in new places, No Age are thrilled about coming to Korea for the first time.
“It’s really an honor for us to be able to come over and play our music,” says Spunt. “We hope we can visit some galleries and museums, a record store or two, and try to find some vegan food. We’re really excited to just walk around and catch the vibes.”
No Age play tonight (Friday) in Busan at Vinyl Underground. The show starts at 10 pm and tickets are 25,000 won at the door. The opening acts are Genius and Stoned. No Age will also play Saturday in Seoul at Rolling Hall. The show starts at 11:30 pm and tickets are 40,000 won at the door. The opening acts are Wagwak and Sighborggggg.