Bellydancers Eshe and Navah will collaborate with Dead Buttons, Ludistelo, and Counter Reset for the 15th edition of the Korea Gig Guide co-presented Shake Shop concert series. The show will take place on Saturday, May 17 at Club Freebird.
Fresh from wrapping up their first UK tour – a jaunt that saw them playing six gigs in England and appearing at the Liverpool Sound City music fest – expect Seoul rock ‘n’ roll duo Dead Buttons to exhibit no signs of jet lag as their tear through the punchy anthemic cuts from their fantastic Whoever You Are EP.
Despite Shake Shop taking place only a few days after their return to Korea, Dead Buttons eagerly agreed to team up with shimmying beauties for the show.
“We’ve seen their collaborations with other bands and they have always looked very cool and unique,” says guitarist Hong Jihyun. “When they invited us to play, we were happy to accept. Now we’re curious about what they have planned for our collaboration and how it will turn out.”
Originally formed as a trio in 2012, Dead Buttons paired down to a duo last summer and began to write the infectious music that graces Whoever You Are. Quickly becoming one of Hongdae’s more buzzed about up-and-coming acts since the EP’s February release, the band are hoping to issue a few new digital singles over the coming months to keep their momentum going.
“We’re still working on the songs,” says Hong. “We’re planning to release one or two new songs but it’s still just a plan. We’re writing the songs slowly and haven’t made a decision yet on when they’ll come out. We’re going to work on them more now that our England concerts are finished.”
Ludistelo is an electro-pop act made up of members from Sugar Donut, The Ratios, and Copy Machine. They started making music together during a trip to Brunei in late 2012 that synthesizer player Park Sangjin and guitarist / synthesizer player Ahn Sunghoon (who goes by the stage name Ash) took together.
“We were traveling the jungles near the equator and trying to put all of those feelings into the music,” says Park. “We worked a lot on our music after the trip and started to play shows in the spring of 2013.”
The trio, which includes drummer Kim Juyeon, issued their debut full-length effort this past April. The album is titled Experience and was recorded between last summer and winter.
“It took a long time to record the album because we were playing shows and recording at the same time,” says Park. “Also, we wanted to make sure that things sounded perfect!”
Ludistelo will be playing material from Experience at Shake Shop and are confident that their collaboration with Eshe and Navah will go well.
“We have no idea what kind of energy will be created by the combination of our music and bellydancing,” says Park. “We’re excited to see how the bellydancers feel and react to Ludistelo’s music. We play a variety of sounds and try to express ideas about the environment, common experiences, and empathy. We guess that bellydance also sometimes expresses those same things. So I think that even though our music isn’t traditional bellydancing music the collaboration will still be great to see.”
Punk stalwarts Counter Reset have been tearing up local stages with their fast-paced melodic punk since the early noughties. Like the other bands on the bill, they are looking forward to doing something a bit outside the norm by having bellydancers shake their hips while they play.
“It seemed like it would be fun to do together,” says guitarist and vocalist Choi Jihoon. “Our music is really different from bellydance music but the rhythm parts could work well together. The more we think about it, the idea of bellydancers performing to our music sounds awesome.”
Counter Reset released their third full-length album of original material, Born to Drive, in the summer of 2013. Wanting to try something different, in April the group issued a two-song single called Acoustic Stories. The single features re-worked versions of the Born to Drive tracks “One of a Kind” and “All of the Days We Had.” The arrangements have been stripped down in both songs and the lyrics have been changed. As a result, both have been given new titles with “Acoustic Story” representing the alternate take on “One of a Kind” and “Acoustic Memory” doing the same for ““All of the Days We Had.”
Although covering themselves may be new for the band, they are no strangers to playing covers. They’ve released three covers albums so far, Punk Eats J-Pop (featuring Japanese songs), Michael Punk Covers (featuring Michael Jackson tracks), and Punxmas (featuring Christmas classics). Is there any chance some covers may surface in Saturday’s Shake Shop set?
“Our first covers album, Punk Eats J-Pop, only came out in Japan so we don’t play those songs in Korea,” says Choi. “And we only play our carols album at Christmas. But for this show I think we may play ‘Ben’ from our Michael Jackson covers album.”
Shake Shop 15 takes place on Saturday, May 17 at Club Freebird. The show starts at 9 pm and the cover charge is 15,000 won with one free drink. Eshe and Navah will perform alongside Dead Buttons, Ludistelo, and Counter Reset. For more information, visit the show’s Facebook event page here.
Here are the set times for tomorrow night’s gig:
9:00-9:35 Counter Reset
10:35-11:20 Dead Buttons