What’s that you say? Suck Stuff isn’t broken up? No, but they’ve gone through different phases since their beginnings in the early 2000s, and this reunion with some of the older members should be a trip back to the halcyon days of Skunk Hell.
To find out more Korea Gig Guide cornered Paul, a half-Korean American citizen who played guitar for the band from 2005 to 2007. In his brief time he took over as co-songwriter and co-vocalist, leading the band in a new direction, as well as touring China and Japan with them and recording a ton of great music.
KGG: What’s happening this weekend?
Paul: Saturday June 16th at DGBD we will be having a reunion show consisting of the old Suck Stuff line up (with opening bands Captain Bootbois and Skasucks).
KGG: Why only 5000 won?
Paul: Because shows in Hongdae have gotten way too expensive. Not only is this show meant to be about the old lineup but also the way shows used to be. They used to be for kids that were really into music, not just for the super rich/trendy.
KGG: Why is the band having a reunion show?
Paul: I joined the army and left Suck Stuff in 2007. After serving a tour in Iraq and some time spent stateside I came down on orders for Korea.
When I called Chul-hwan and told him the first thing he asked is if I would like to play a reunion show. Of course I would, with the old line up.
KGG: Will this be a one-time thing, or will Suck Stuff reform for good?
Paul: Suck Stuff has changed considerably since I left and this may be the only opportunity to see Suck Stuff as it was a few years back. Unfortunately I think this will be a one-off.
I am planning on starting a new band that might sound a bit like the old Suck Stuff, a punk rock band with heavy rock and roll and country influences. I have been writing some acoustic material and may just stick with that but I would really like to start a new band. However, finding a good drummer and bass player is proving challenging, even for someone with as many contacts and connections as I have.
To RSVP for the show or get more information, click here.
The show is also the release of the 14th issue of Broke in Korea, the longest-running English-language punk zine in Korea, which was co-founded by Paul in 2005.