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.