Monthly Archives: April 2012

No Age Promise “a wild, exciting, hopefully sweaty, and raging time” at Their Korean Gigs

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.

A Weekend of Firsts for Juck Juck Grunzie

On Saturday night (April 14), Seoul’s Juck Juck Grunzie will perform their first gig in Cheonan.  The quartet will be sharing their noisy, psych-tinged brand of post-punk and rock at Club Dolce on a bill that also includes Apollo 18, E.T., The Beggars, and Frank Beard.

“We’re really excited to play in Cheonan this weekend,” says vocalist and synthesizer player Lee Ah-reum.  “It will be great to meet new fans and to play with our good friends in Apollo 18.”

The Club Dolce concert will be Juck Juck’s first show with their new drummer.  As we previously mentioned, the band and their original drummer decided to part ways last November. Vidulgi Ooyoo’s Lee Yong-jun filled in at shows until Juck Juck Grunzie found their new drummer, Park Geun-chang, in March.  Geun-chang is the group’s first official male member.

“We met Geun-chang through a mutual friend,” says Lee.  “It was really hard for us to find a new drummer.  Koreans say that drummers are like gold.”

“I think drummers are more like diamonds,” laughs guitarist Ham Jee-hye.  “They are becoming harder and harder to find!”

In Cheonan, Juck Juck Grunzie will also play a newly crafted song live for the first time.  The track is still untitled, but will likely be given a proper name by the time the act began recording their debut full-length in May.  Lee, Ham, and bassist Booooong are looking forward to working in the studio with the newest addition to their group.

“We have great chemistry with Geun-chang,” Lee says.  “He’s very smart and is so energetic.   We’re very inspired by his passion.”

Juck Juck Grunzie will play at Club Dolce in Cheonan on April 14.  The show will start at 9 pm.  Tickets are 10,000 won at the door and  include one free drink.  For more information on the show, check out the Facebook event page here.

Seemingly In Control

Saturday night (April 7), No Control will hold a CD release party for their eponymous full-length debut at Kuchu-Camp in Hongdae.  Along with selling copies of their new album, the Seoul quartet will have some other goodies for attendees at the show.

“We’ve printed limited edition stickers to give to everyone,” shares guitarist Hwang Kyung-ha.  “I’ll also cook up some very spicy ddukbokki.  It goes great with beer!”

No Control was formed in the fall of 2008 by Hwang and drummer Seo Hoon-seok.  They first met when they were high school students and later went on to do their mandatory military service together.  After finishing their time in the army, they decided to start No Control.  They found guitarist Cho Won-hee through a website.  Bassist Noh Sang-soo was Cho’s neighbor.  After discovering that they all shared a mutual love of noisy, complex music all four members decided they wanted to play together.

Last year, No Control issued their five-song “You Have No Control” EP.  The title came from a lyric from post-hardcore pioneers Fugazi’s “Merchandise” track.  Hwang is not a fan of the release.

“I feel really ashamed when I think about our first EP,” he says.  “We worked a lot harder on our new album and tried to do our best this time around.  We feel much more satisfied with the new album than our EP.”

Set to hit store shelves on April 9, No Control’s new album is a solid mix of post-punk, punk, and noise rock.  Recorded between August and February, the effort boasts six new songs and three re-recorded cuts from the “You Have No Control” EP.

No Control Album Sampler:

“We’ve been making songs together for five years now, and for this album we picked the best nine songs we have,” says Hwang.   “A lot of people like the album’s first track, “천일야화,” the most, but I like the album’s eighth track, “2월 4일,” better.  It’s a very psychedelic, harsh song.   It was completely improvised.  Everyone just played whatever they were feeling at the time.  We actually had no plans to record this song, but there was a communication mistake in the studio and it was recorded.”

On Saturday night No Control will play all nine tracks off of their full-length so fans can decide for themselves whether they prefer “천일야화” or  “2월 4일.”  In the coming months No Control plan on making a new EP.  Hwang doesn’t reveal any details about the offering, but promises it will be filled with “more loud and hard sounds.”

No Control play April 7 at Kuchu-Camp.  The show starts at 7 pm and Bamseom Pirates, Pigibit5, and Look & Listen will open.  Tickets are 15,000 won in advance and 20,000 won at the door.