Self-dubbed “hybrid punk” act Patients will be playing tonight (August 23) in Hongdae at Steel Face Rooftop 3639. The show will serve as a warm up of sorts for the Seoul trio’s September Taiwan tour.
Patients have been invited to play at Taipei’s Beastie Rock Festival on September 13 and will be playing a few club gigs as well during their time in Taiwan. This is the group’s second overseas jaunt of the year. In May, they traveled to the UK to perform at Liverpool Sound City, WTFest, and do a handful of other shows too.
The band started in 2005 and their current lineup includes bassist and vocalist Sumin Jo, keyboardist Hyuckjang Kwon, and drummer Jaehyuk Lee. In 2010, Jo established the Seoul indie imprint Steel Face Records (which also runs the rooftop live space Steel Face Rooftop 3639). Patients released their “Kitsch Space” full-length debut in 2011 through Steel Face Records and competed in that year’s Hello Rookie finals. Just prior to their spring UK dates, Patients released a four-song tour EP called “Let’s Drive, Let’s Go!” Their first recording with Kwon, his keyboard playing adds more diversity to the group’s catchy mix of punk, new wave, and pop.
Jo took a few minutes to answer some questions for Korea Gig Guide about Patients’ experiences in the UK and their upcoming Taiwan trip.
How did your UK tour in May go?
It was great! We’re really happy with the way things went. Our expectations were definitely exceeded. We got the chance to play at some very cool festivals and do a few club gigs too. We even did a house show and got to play in a kitchen. That was definitely a unique experience! We met some great bands, promoters, and music lovers. And we were able to make some new friends too. We’re hoping to return back to the UK for more concerts in May 2015.
What are some of your best memories from that tour?
The whole tour was very special to us and was filled with so many great memories. But two of my favorite parts were Liverpool Sound City and the last show of our tour at Astbury Castle in London. During Liverpool Sound City, we visited many clubs in the city and got to see lots of different bands play. It was cool to get to see so many unique venues and check out music from all around the world. The Astbury Castle show was a house concert. It was really wild and was so much fun. People were crowd surfing in the kitchen! Lots of the friends we had made in the UK came to Astbury Castle too which made the night more special for us.
Why are you excited about playing in Taiwan in September?
Patients are gig addicts! We love to play shows. And we’re really eager to experience the music scenes in many other countries. We’re hoping to make as many awesome tours as we can. We’ve never been to Taiwan but have heard good things about Beastie Rock and music fans there. It’s going to be fun to perform and meet new bands and people in Taiwan.
Is there anything you want to see or do in Taiwan when you’re not playing?
On this tour, we’re going to play in Taipei, Tainan, and Kaohsiung. I’d like to check out Taipei at night and visit some places with great views of all three cities. Since this will be our first time visiting Taiwan, we’re now doing some research about different places to check out. If anyone has any tips, please let us know!
Why have you decided to make more of an international push this year with Patients?
We’ve already played many gigs in Seoul. So we’re excited about the experiences and challenges that come from playing concerts in new places. And being able to meet music fans and musicians from other countries is always a lot of fun. We’re hoping to meet as many people from all around the world as we can.
What countries do you hope to take Patients to next?
As I mentioned before, we want to go back to the US next spring. We’re talking about possibly going to the US and Japan in 2015 too. But nothing has been confirmed yet. We’re happy to go anywhere in the world we can. If we can play somewhere new, we want to go there!
When do you hope to release your next full-length album?
We’re going to start recording a new album soon and hope to release it in the first half of 2015 through Steel Face Records. We’re aiming to have 10 songs on the new album. The four songs from our tour EP will be re-recorded for the album. We love the original versions of the tracks, but for fun we want to add some new stuff to them.
On Saturday night, you’ll play at Steel Face Rooftop 3639 with Dead Buttons and The Veggers. What can people expect from the concert?
We’re touring in Taiwan in September and Dead Buttons will play in Russia at the end of August. So people can see us both play before we head overseas. Along with The Veggers, we’re hoping to share respect, love, and friendship with the audience through some loud and fun music.
Here are Patients’ Taiwan tour dates:
September 10 Tainan @ TCRC
September 11 Kaohsiung @ Paramount Bar
September 13 Taipei @ Beastie Rock Festival
Tonight’s show at Steel Face Rooftop 3639 starts at 8 pm. Patients, Dead Buttons, and The Veggers will all perform. Tickets are 15,000 won with one free drink. For more information about the concert, check out the Facebook event page here.