Gogol Records are holding their first label concert tonight (December 13) at Club FF in Hongdae. Formed last spring by Apollo 18, this year the Seoul indie imprint released Romantiqua’s eponymous EP, Modsdive’s “The Stasis of Humanity,” and Juck Juck Grunzie’s “Psycho.”
“All of the musicians on our label are familiar with each other, but many of them don’t know each other well,” says Apollo 18’s Choi Hyun-seok. “So I wanted to bring everyone together to hang out and have a party. I hope to create a strong family vibe among all of the Gogol Records acts.”
In addition to the bands listed above, Gogol Records’ roster also includes Yang Chang-keun and National Pigeon Unity. The former guitarist for The Magicians, Yang will release his solo debut on January 21 through Gogol. The 10-track offering was produced by Apollo 18’s Kim Dae-inn. National Pigeon Unity are still completing their military service but plan to start working on an album in spring.
“I first saw Chang-keun play three years ago,” says Choi. “I thought his singing and playing were really good, and I said I wanted to work together with him in the future.
“We’ve been friends with National Pigeon Unity for a long time. They will be finished their army stuff in March. They have been working on new music during their vacations from the army. I think they will put out a new album on Gogol in maybe May or June.”
National Pigeon Unity were unable to get time off from the army to join tonight’s bill at Club FF, but all of the other Gogol Records acts will perform. Apollo 18 (who are currently signed to 9 ENT) and Hollow Jan will both play at the show as well.
Next week, Gogol Records will also be opening a small record shop in Hongdae. Located near Sangsu Station, the shop will be above Reggae Chicken and right next door to Shim, the tattoo space owned and operated by Romantiqua bassist Griffin Shim. The shop will be open Monday through Saturday from noon until 11 pm.
The Gogol Records shop will stock releases from all of the label’s acts and Apollo 18 albums and merchandise too. Choi plans to also eventually sell discs from some of the overseas bands Apollo 18 have become pals with while touring abroad. Music videos and live clips from all of the bands with material in the shop will be screened on one of the space’s walls and there will also be listening posts for folks to check out any albums they are interested in. Choi would like to hold some acoustic performances at the venue as well.
Juck Juck Grunzie (performance starts from 47-second mark):
For 2014, Choi hopes to have the label’s acts playing bigger events in Korea and doing some gigs abroad. This year Modsdive and Romantiqua appeared at the Ansan Valley Rock Festival and Juck Juck Grunzie played at City Break. Juck Juck Grunzie and Romantiqua both also performed in Taiwan as well. Juck Juck Grunzie were there in April for Spring Scream, and Romantiqua flew over in September for Beastie Rock Festival.
Gogol Records’ label concert takes place on Friday, December 13 and will include performances from Apollo 18, Hollow Jan, Juck Juck Grunzie, Modsdive, Romantiqua, and Yang Chang-keun. The show starts at 8 pm and tickets are 15,000 won. Here are the set times for tonight’s concert:
8:00 – 8:20 Yang Chang-keun
8:30 – 8:50 Romantiqua
9:00 – 9:30 Modsdive
9:40 – 10:10 Juck Juck Grunzie
10:20 – 11:00 Hollow Jan
11:10 – 11:40 Apollo 18