Modsdive is comprised of guitarist Yoon Sung-hoon (ex-Donawhale), guitarist Kim Yun-ki (ex-Poe), bassist Choi Gyung-hoon (ex-Misty Blue), and drummer Kang Min-suk. The act was originally conceived as a solo project for Yoon in 2011 called Auhm. Wanting to turn it into a proper band, he began recruiting other members in early 2012. Kim and Choi were both friends of Yoon, while Kang was found through an online ad.
“We started working on music together right after we had our lineup solidified,” says Yoon. “There were songs and ideas that I had already come up with, but once we started jamming on them together everyone’s different styles began mixing together and the songs became something different and new. We had great chemistry together, which allowed us to carve out our own sound as Modsdive.”
This past winter, the group spent two months crafting “The Stasis of Humanity.” The band recorded the album’s drum parts at a proper studio. But everything else was recorded at Apollo 18’s rehearsal space.
“The monitor sound in the rehearsal space was horrible,” says Yoon. “We couldn’t hear a thing we were recording. Apollo 18’s bassist Kim Dae-inn came in at one point and asked us how we could possibly record there. Luckily, when Gyung-hoon played everything back at his house everything sounded fine.”
“The Stasis of Humanity” was issued in April by new local imprint Gogol Records – an indie label founded by the members of Apollo 18. On June 1, the band held a special showcase for “The Stasis of Humanity” at Badabie, and performed album cut “Hide in the Fog” live for the first time at the concert.
Modsdive’s dynamic, powerful instrumental post-rock sounded fantastic at their Badabie showcase gig. The night easily proved that they are definitely a band on the rise in the Korean indie scene. The group are already thinking of ideas for the follow-up to “The Stasis of Humanity” and plan to start work on their sophomore full-length this winter. They intend to introduce new tracks into their live sets during the coming months, which should give you plenty of reason to check out one of their concerts.
“There’s nothing more exciting than seeing how audiences react to new material at live performances,” says Yoon. “Our next album will cover a much wider spectrum and will include more of the unique colors of Modsdive.”