Monthly Archives: November 2012

Hellivision Sharing Their HellRevision This Weekend in Seoul

Seoul instrumental rock trio Hellivision will be playing a pair of Hongdae gigs this weekend at Mudaeruk (November 30) and Salon Badabie (December 1).

A local “supergroup” of sorts, the band includes guitarist Lee Tae-hun (from Second Session and Flower Pot), bassist Oh Gun-woong (ex-The Mustangs), and drummer Jung Ji-wan (from Underwears Band, ex-Cocore).  Formed in the summer of 2011, by fall of last year the group were already building a buzz in Seoul’s underground scene.  In November 2011, they were invited to open one of the Korean reunion gigs for American post-hardcore pioneers Bitch Magnet – pretty impressive considering that show was only Hellivision’s third gig.

“I told Gun-woong I wanted to start a gnarly band,” says Lee on the group’s formation.

“Tae-hoon came to my house and said he wanted to play stronger music,” adds Oh.  “He proposed starting a new band together.  I thought about who would be a good a drummer for the band and then asked Ji-wan to join us.”

The group released their debut full-length “HellRevision” in October through the newly formed RCL imprint.  RCL stands for “Reggae Chicken Label,” and was founded by the owner of Hongdae’s popular Reggae Chicken restaurants (and former drummer for The Mustangs), Ryu Kwang-hee.

“We were thinking about making an album and then Kwang-hee asked us about recording and releasing music thought RCL,” says Oh.  “We all said ‘Yes!’ because we love Kwang-hee.”

As the only act on RCL right now, does Hellivision get any perks when they visit either branch of their label boss’ eatery?

“Sometimes Kwang-hee gives us some free beer and rum,” laughs Oh.

Clocking in at over 70 minutes in length, the seven tracks on “HellRevision” were written from June 2011 to January 2012.  The album was recorded from this past February to May at Hongdae’s EFlat-Tracks Studio.  A fantastic mix of noisy breakdowns and trippy psychedelic rhythms that are accented with an occasional bit of dubby goodness, “HellRevision” offers a great glimpse of a talented act that are only beginning to scratch the surface of their potential.

And while Hellivision’s music could easily fall under a number of genre classifications, how does the band like to describe their awesome sound to people?

“I like to call it ‘mess rock,’” says Oh.

“I prefer to think of it is as Korean traditional music,” says Lee with a smile.

Hellivision play tonight at Mudaeruk with Vidulgi Ooyoo and The Quip.  Tickets are 15,000 won and the show starts at 8 pm.

They will also play Saturday night as part of Salon Badabie’s birthday celebrations.  Tickets for tomorrow’s show are 20,000 won and things get started at 6:30 pm.

Thee Oops come to Korea

How many chances do you get to see a hardcore punk band from Italy? Unless you’re actually from there, you might be in luck this weekend.

Sardinian band The Oops is currently in Asia for a China-Korea-Japan tour, and already they’ve hit Daejeon and Jeonju earlier this week. They’re touring to promote their newest release, a double-7″ EP (for some reason). But don’t worry, because it’s also available on CD.

This weekend, they’ll play two nights in Seoul and one in Busan. For fans of ’80s style hardcore punk, check out this Italian band at any of their next three gigs:

-Friday at Powwow
-Saturday at Club Spot
-Sunday at Vinyl Underground (Busan)

Joined by a who’s who of Korea’s underground music scene, you can expect a weekend of great shows all across the peninsula.

For an amusing interview with Thee Oops, head over to Chincha, where they talk about hairy women and creating a master race of Asian-Sardinians.

Samara Lubelski Making the Most of Her Time in Seoul

Highly-respected American multi-instrumentalist Samara Lubelski is currently touring as part of Thurston Moore’s (of Sonic Youth fame) band.  Moore and company performed last night in Seoul at the Interpark Art Center Art Hall.  Having a few extra days off in the city, Lubelski has scheduled a pair of solo performances at Mudaeruk in Hongdae.  She’ll headline a show at the venue tonight – Thursday, November 8 – and will also open for 3rd Line Butterfly there tomorrow (November 9).

In June, Lubelski released her sixth album, “Wavelength.”  The follow-up to 2009’s “Future Slip,” “Wavelength” was written in 2009 and recorded mostly in 2010 in the United States and Germany.  The offering features a dozen tracks of excellent hazy psych-pop.

“The songs on ‘Wavelength’ are a little bit tighter, composition wise,” Lubelski says.  “I still indulged in the endless melodic layers, but also tried to focus more on the quality of the sounds.”

And while the album features backing instrumentation from the likes Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley and Lubelski’s Metal Mountains band mates P.G. Six and Helen Rush, Lubelski will be playing solo at her Mudaeruk concerts.  So what can local music fans expect from her first gigs in South Korea?

“Very soft songs played on guitar.”

Samara Lubelski will play tonight at Mudaeruk in Hongdae. The show starts at 8 pm and tickets are 15,000 won at the door. Mukimukimanmansu, 404, and former Cocore bassist Kim Jae-kwon’s new .59 project are also on the bill.

Lubelski will also open for 3rd Line Butterfly tomorrow night (November 9) at Mudaeruk. The show starts at 8 pm and tickets are 20,000 won at the door.