Saturday night (June 28) will see Beatniks, Juck Juck Grunzie, and T-Shirts Sunset all collaborating with bellydancers Eshe and Navah for the Korea Gig Guide co-presented Shake Shop show at Club Freebird.
May saw electro-accented rock act Beatniks celebrate their first anniversary. The last dozen months were quite busy for these eager up-and-comers. They started playing gigs quickly after forming and released a five-track demo when they were barely three months old.
“It’s been a crazy year,” shares vocalist Yoo Han-kyul. “We played a lot gigs and weren’t really ready at first. We started playing shows three weeks after we all met each other, so we were trying to figure out our sound as we were playing gigs. So basically our first year was somewhat a mix of a lot of shows and rehearsals.”
With all members of the group liking different styles of music, the guys are still experimenting with things as they strive to carve out their own unique sound. And with each passing month they are gaining a better understanding of what they want to be.
“We first thought that as a band everyone needed to sacrifice something to make music,” Yoo says. “We’re still not sure about how we want to sound exactly, but we’ve learned that sacrificing isn’t the way. It’s more of a friendly fight where we try to make something all of us can truly enjoy.”
Saturday night will be Beatniks first time doing any kind of collaboration and they are excited about the challenge.
“We love bellydancing,” says Yoo. “We think our music will work well with bellydancing because we have some parts where we jam. And our music has a lot of energy as well.”
Juck Juck Grunzie played at Shake Shop in spring 2013 and Eshe has been trying to get them back for another collaboration ever since. The noisy, psychedelic rock quartet are happy to be working with Eshe and Navah again too.
“Our first time playing at Shake Shop was fantastic,” says bassist Booooong. “The dancers used colorful veils while we played and it looked like multi-colored waves. Every time we made eye contact with Eshe, we felt like we were standing with a goddess.”
According to Booooong, Juck Juck Grunzie are intentionally only scheduling a few gigs this summer. They are instead hoping to use their time to try and write new songs for the follow-up to their last excellent Psycho full-length debut.
As for this weekend’s concert at Freebird, Booooong is confident that Juck Juck Grunzie and the bellydancers will once again create something very cool and memorable together.
“We’re all looking forward to seeing what the ladies come up for this collaboration. It’s always interesting to work together with artists who are different from us. Eshe and Navah are always positive and have lots of great energy.”
Rounding out the bill for Shake Shop Vol. 16 is T-Shirts Sunset. The new two-piece act (whose membership sometimes grows for live performances) features Kim Jae-kwon of Cocore and .59 fame.
“We’ve know each other for more than 10 years but we’ve only been playing as T-Shirts Sunset for two months,” says Kim.
The two members share a love of improvisation and plan to incorporate a fair amount of it into their songs and performances.
“We want our music to be a balance of things that we want to do, and things that were unexpected and interesting.”
Shake Shop Vol. 16 takes place on Saturday, June 28 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 Beatniks, Juck Juck Grunzie, and T-Shirts Sunset. For more information, check out the show’s Facebook event page here.