The Korea Gig Guide co-presented concert series Shake Shop takes place tonight at Club Freebird. This month’s show features The Geeks, Startline, and 4 Brothers all collaborating with the bellydancer Eshe and her Navah troupe.
Undeniably one of the country’s top hardcore talents, The Geeks are finally preparing to unveil their long-awaited sophomore album. The band’s 2007 “Every Time We Fall” debut was a critically acclaimed affair, and fans have been eagerly awaiting its follow up. While no proper release date has been set yet, according to Geeks’ vocalist Seo Kiseok the disc will definitely be out sooner rather than later.
“We’re working on a new album and it will come out this year for sure,” says Seo. “It will come out in Korea through Townhall Records and overseas on Think Fast Records. We just finished mixing and the artwork. Now we’re working on a release timeline. We’ll announce our full plans soon.”
Last year saw The Geeks doing an American tour and performing at Texas’ massive South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Although the members of the band all have very busy schedules with work and family commitments, the group are hoping to play some international concerts in support of their upcoming record. No gigs have been confirmed yet, but Seo says the US, UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Japan are “top priorities” for The Geeks and are on their list of places to try and make it to.
Hardcore and bellydance are not a combination most people would expect to see, but for Seo that’s what makes The Geeks collaboration with Eshe and Navah at Freebird tonight so interesting.
“The Geeks are all about pushing the limits and living life to the fullest,” Seo says. “We like to push the envelope and move the needle. This is an extremely great opportunity that will enable us to try new things and progress as a band. I never thought we would be invited to collaborate with bellydancers. This is just so amazing!
“One of my favorite hardcore bands 7 Seconds says, ‘If we can walk together, why can’t we rock together?’ Our music and our performance is known for its unmatched high level of energy, which I think can be well translated into the main essence of dance. And the lyrics for one of our new songs were inspired by the German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch. So I think us and the bellydancers have a lot in common. This collaboration is going to be cool.”
Formed in March 2013, melodic punk trio Startline features members of Gumx and Copy Machine. The ambitious act issued their first EP last September, the six-cut “Light My Fire,” and in November flew to Indonesia to participate in the Asian Beat Grand Final 2013. They placed third in the competition, and drummer Choi Gun was crowned best drummer at the event.
Looking to further build on last year’s momentum, Startline will put out their full-length debut this spring.
“We’re planning to release our first album in May,” says Choi. “We’re going to record it in April and it’s going to full of great punk songs with awesome lyrics. We have so many ideas we want to try and are still deciding which songs should go on the album. We’re working really hard right now and will continue to challenge ourselves to create great stuff.”
Like The Geeks, Startline are excited about teaming up with bellydancers tonight at Club Freebird.
“We’re very open minded to all new experiences,” says Choi. “We know Eshe and Navah have been doing great things with a lot of great bands so we also want to try working with them.
“We have lots of fast songs. We’re going to play them like we normally do and see where the bellydancers can lead us. We think art and music create really good energy together, so tonight should be a lot of fun for everyone.
Poppy vintage rockers 4 Brothers will round out the bill for Shake Shop Vol. 13. The band are gigging in support of their 2013 full-length, “The Riot of Decadence.”
Shake Shop Vol. 13 takes place on Saturday, March 22 at Club Freebird. The show starts at 8:30 pm and the cover charge is 15,000 won with one free drink. Eshe and Navah will perform alongside The Geeks, Startline, and 4 Brothers. For more information, check out the show’s Facebook event page here.
Here are the set times for tonight’s gig:
8:30 4 Brothers
10:15 The Geeks