Monthly Archives: December 2012

Seoul gets Headbutted

This weekend, Daegu punk band Mr. Headbutt (박치기 씨) finishes up their “world tour” across Korea, having bounced back and forth between interior cities Daejeon and Daegu before wrapping the tour in Seoul.

They’re pimping their new CD “Netizens Must Die!” and also delivering a long-overdue message advocating the death of everybody on the Internet. Described as “basic, unpretentious, non-cerebral but immensely enjoyable punk music” in Broke in Korea issue 15, the album will be on sale at Horus Garage in Daegu on Friday and Powwow in Seoul on Saturday. Joining them will be Giant Bear, the Veggers, and Skasucks for a fun night of Winter Solstice punk rock.

Although the members of the band hail from all over the English-speaking world, they apparently are from the future. As they say… “In 2751 Frognark 5 (formerly known as Earth) is a barren wasteland of multi-colored sugar skulls and delicious breakfast cereals. Where did it all go so wrong? The survivors knew that the answer was 2011, when Mr. Headbutt met and began making music. We come from the future to save all of humanity from destruction at the hands of history’s most horrible enemy….US!!!!”

Wait a second, did I read that right? Or did they just caps lock “us”?

Click to RSVP. For an online preview of “Netizens Must Die!” turn off your irony detector and click here.

Six-Band Party Rock Out for Those in Need

This Saturday night, there is a great chance to enjoy some live music and help an awesome cause.  An event called the “PSCORE Six-Band charity concert at Club Freebird” is on from 10pm. Obviously, there are six bands involved and it is based at Club Freebird!

PSCORE (People for Successful COrean REunification) is a Seoul- and Washington, DC-based NGO that focuses on a range of issues pertaining to North Korea.  More information about the organization can he found here.  This weekend’s PSCORE concert will include performances from The Essence, Les Sales, The Wasted Johnny’s, Samba Mamba, Love X Stereo, and The Studs Lonigan Experience.  The cover charge is 10,000 won, and all the proceeds will go towards funding for educational activities and social programs for North Korean defectors in South Korea, and activities focusing on information and awareness about human rights in North Korea.

For more information about Saturday night’s fundraiser gig, check out the Facebook event page here.

Bulssazo Debut New Drummer and New Tunes at December Gigs

Things have been very quiet for Bulssazo in 2012.  The fantastic Seoul instrumental rock trio have played only two shows over the past 12 months — opening one of Deerhoof’s Korean dates last December, and teaming up with local post-rock luminaries Underwears Band for an April gig at Sangsang Madang as part of Pastel Music’s 10th anniversary concert series.

Those who have been waiting patiently to see Bulssazo play again are in luck as the group have scheduled two Seoul shows for this month.  They will perform tonight (12/8) at Mudaeruk in Hongdae and will close out the year with a gig on Saturday, December 29 at Lowrise in Mullae.

Bulssazo’s upcoming concerts will be their first with new drummer Kim Sun-yeop.  Kim joined the group in the summer as a replacement for the act’s former drummer, Ko Young-il.  The band will also be sharing all new music with fans at the gigs.

“After we release a record, we never play those songs again,” says guitarist Han Sang-chol.  “When a record is done, those songs are over.  That’s our policy.  So we won’t be playing any old songs.  Instead we’re going to play 10 new songs at our December shows. We’ve never played these songs live before.”

Bulssazo currently have nearly 15 new songs finished and plan to write 30 in total.  There’s no word yet on when they will record the follow-up to 2011’s cassette-only “Banquo: It will be rain tonight. / 1st Murderer: Let it come down.”  And when they do finally get around to releasing their next full-length, Han is unsure of how they will put it out.

“I don’t want to release music on CD or as MP3s,” shares Han.  “I collect vinyl, so I think the best format is vinyl. But it’s expensive to manufacture vinyl in Korea.  We made our last album on cassette just for me.  My car has no CD player.  It only has a radio and cassette player, so putting out music on cassette made it easier for me to listen to it while I drive.

“I don’t know what we’ll do for our music in the future.  If the earth doesn’t end in 2012, I’ll start thinking about music formats again.”

To get people into the holiday spirit, here is Bulssazo’s cover of “Somewhere in My Memory” from the movie Home Alone.  They made the song for Pastel Music’s 2010 “Merry Lonely Christmas and Happy New Year” disc.

Bulssazo play tonight at Mudaeruk with Underwears Band.  The show starts at 7:30 pm and tickets are 25,000 won at the door.

They will also perform on December 29 at Lowrise with Kim Gan-ji X Ha Heon-jin, .59, We Dance, and 404.  The show starts at 8 pm and tickets are 20,000 won.  There’s a Facebook event page for the December 29 gig here.

Punk Rock Toy Drive

As Hongdae braces for the annual flood of Multiple Santas (my favourite Tick villain), the punk community escapes down to Mullae-dong for a yuletide charity show at Moon.

In classic punk style they kept the door price a low 5000 won for five bands–and you can get free admission if you bring a gift for the orphanage–toys, stationery/art supplies, and books will all be accepted. All donations and profits go to the Sangrok Orphanage.

This will be the debut show of Heimlich County Gun Club, the new band of Paul Bricky, who is also organising the show. You might remember him as the half-Korean guitarist of Suck Stuff, back when they were really good. Now you can get a chance to hear what kind of music he’s come up with in the five years since then.

Rounding out the bill are hardcore bands Mixed Blood and Assassination Squad, and garage punk bands Dead Buttons and the Veggers.

This will show will also mark the release of Broke in Korea 15, Korea’s longest-running underground zine. Pick it up for interviews with Veggers, Mixed Blood, the Essence, Animal Anthem, Yuppie Killers, No Excuse, and Noeazy, as well as information about avoiding cults in Korea, advice for putting on your own concert, a special offer for a free tattoo, and more.