Monthly Archives: November 2014

Rocking Out for a Good Cause at Rubber Seoul 2014

The seventh annual Rubber Seoul concert takes place on November 29 (Saturday) in Hongdae and will feature 25 acts performing at Club Ta, Club FF, Gogos 2, Club Freebird 2, and DGBD from 8 pm to 3 am.  The goal of the charity event is to raise money for Little Travellers Korea and create awareness about AIDS/HIV.  A non-profit organization, Little Travellers collects funds not only for AIDS/HIV research but also provides aid to South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, where over 40% of the population has contracted the disease.

Last year’s Rubber Seoul raised nearly four million won. The event is always a great night, so you should definitely make an effort to swing by, see some cool bands, and support a great cause.

Hairy Big Button

Hard rock trio Harry Big Button will be making their third Rubber Seoul appearance on Saturday night.  They previously played in 2011 and 2013 and had a blast, making it an easy decision to say “yes” for Rubber Seoul 2014. Guitarist and vocalist Sungsoo Lee likes that his band can help support people battling AIDS/HIV with their art.

“Although people know that so many others are suffering around the world, we often forget to do things to help unless something is happening right next to us,” says Lee.  “Rubber Seoul is an excellent reminder that there are many people who need our help.”

At Rubber Seoul, Harry Big Button will be playing with the newest edition to their band, drummer Taegi Kim.  Kim joined the act in September and used to be part of the Korean bands Necropageos and Bolt.  The group will be working on the follow up to this year’s “Perfect Storm” EP in 2015 and Lee thinks Kim’s contributions will definitely strengthen the act.

“Taegi is an excellent rock drummer and we have very similar taste in music,” says Lee.  “We’ve known each other for a long time but have never had a chance to play in the same band so I’m really glad he joined Harry Big Button.  His drumming has a really deep and solid sound which fits well with Harry Big Button’s sound.  I think this will make our next album our hardest sounding one yet!”

When asked what fans at Rubber Seoul can expect from Harry Big Button’s 10:30 pm show at FF, Lee has this to offer.

“If you’re thirsty for real hard rock come see us play, we promise we won’t let you down!  And to anyone who will be catching us for the first time, we’ll make you sweat.”

Love X Stereo

Having gigged as part of Rubber Seoul in 2012 and 2013, Love X Stereo will also be making their third straight Rubber Seoul appearance on Saturday night.  When asked what keeps the electro-rock act coming back to the event, vocalist and synthesizer player Annie Ko says “It’s a good cause, and there’s always a great crowd.”

Last month, the group made their third stateside visit in the span of 12 months to play festival showcases at Culture Collide in Los Angeles and San Francisco and CMJ in New York.  The Los Angeles edition of Culture Collide ranked Love X Stereo no. 3 on their list of “Top 10 International Acts.”

“Our tour was great,” shares Ko.  “Culture Collide was really fun and we had a good time there. We felt like a lot of other bands and fans were rooting for us to do well at the festival.  We definitely want to go back to LA again – the weather was so good there!  And CMJ was really interesting too.”

What does Love X Stereo have planned for their 11:30 pm set at Club Freebird 2?

“We’re going to mix some danceable tracks and some soothing tracks together,” says Ko.  “It’s going to be fun.”

Wasted Johnny's

Bluesy rockers Wasted Johnny’s are also Rubber Seoul vets, having played at last year’s event. Bassist Nils Germain shares why the trio like playing at Rubber Seoul.

“Rubber Seoul brings a large amount of people to make crazy shows at the best clubs and it’s all for charity – what more could we ask for?” he says.  “We’re always proud to be a part of the event.”

In 2013, Wasted Johnny’s also traveled to the US for a handful of gigs in New York City and a show in Conneticut.  Germain would love for the band to return back to the States one day and also dreams of touring in Japan, Russia, England, and his home country of France.

“Our concerts in the US were great,” he says.  “We had some weather problems – it rained each time we played outside – and the club we played in didn’t have cymbals either.  But we overcame these problems and were able to perform all the concerts.  The response we got from people was great.  We had a blast!”

The group have nearly finished recording their first full-length album and fans can expect the release to come out sometime in 2015.  Fans wanting to know what to expect from the disc should check out Wasted Johnny’s midnight set at Club FF.

Billy Carter

Billy Carter will be making their Rubber Seoul debut on Saturday night and are really looking forward to the concert.

“We love to take part in charity shows,” says vocalist Jiwon Kim.  “And besides that, we used to play at Club Ta when we were a two-piece acoustic band but haven’t played there for a long time. We’re quite excited to play there again now that we’ve added a drummer.”

Earlier this year, drummer Hyunjoon Lee joined Billy Carter adding a harder edge to the act’s cool, bluesy tunes.  The band are currently recording their first EP and want to release the five-song offering in the coming months.  Just like with Wasted Johnny’s, Rubber Seoul show-goers can get a taste of the music that will grace the EP during Billy Carter’s 10 pm gig at Club Ta.

What does Billy Carter have in store for their Rubber Seoul set?

“We’re going to do what we always do!” Kim says.  “We’ll be singing, dancing, and crying out.  We always give it our all every time we play.”

Rubber Seoul 2014 takes place on Saturday night.  Tickets are 10,000 won and include entrance to all the venues.  For more information about the concert, check out its Facebook event page here.  And here’s the full schedule for the event:

Club Ta
8:00-8:20 Eshe & Navah
8:30-9:00 Veins
9:15-9:45 Ynot?
10:00-10:30 Billy Carter
10:45-11:15 Space Papa
11:30-12:00 Yes Yes

Club FF
9:00-9:30 pm The Roosters
9:45-10:15 24 Hours
10:30-11:00: Harry Big Button
11:15-11:45- Dead Buttons
12:00-12:30 Wasted Johnny’s

Gogos 2
9:00-9:30 Light and Noise
9:45-10:15 Oops Nice
10:30-11:00 Les Sales
11:15-11:45 Streetguns

Club Freebird 2
10:00-10:30 Williams Town
10:45-11:15 Patients
11:30-12:00 Love X Stereo
12:15-12:45 Man
1:00-1:30 Cannibal Heart
1:45-2:15 Mystery House
2:30-3:00 Burning Monkeys

DGBD
11:15-11:45 Pentasonic
12-12:30 4 Brothers
12:45-1:15 Magna Fall

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Get Wild and Sweaty with Dan Deacon at Club FF on Friday

Acclaimed American electro-pop musician Dan Deacon will be bringing his high-energy live show to Seoul on Friday, November 28 for a show at Club FF in Hongdae.

Dan Deacon

Friday night’s gig will be Deacon’s second time touring in South Korea.  He previously played here in early 2012, doing dates in both Seoul and Busan.  Later that year, he released his “America” full-length offering.  Like the rest of his praised efforts, the album is densely packed full of a wonderful array of sounds.  In their review of “America,” DIY Magazine said, “As with all Dan Deacon albums, ‘America’ is a challenging listen and at times the sheer amount of things going on becomes a bit much, however it is also a supremely powerful album from a musician at the very top of his game.”

On September 9, 2014, Deacon posted on his Facebook page that he was “Finalizing the song order and then sending off my new album off for mastering tonight!”  No other information has come out about the upcoming release yet, but maybe with a bit of luck fans packed into Club FF will get a sneak peak at a few new tracks from the record.  But even if that doesn’t happen, you can still bank on Friday night being a highly entertaining (and very hot and sweaty) affair.  Renowned for his live sets, Deacon is big on crowd involvement at concerts – so his Club FF concert definitely won’t be a stand–perfectly–still–and–watch–with–your–arms–crossed kind of show.  Instead, expect a wild and memorable night full of fun shenanigans and great music.

KGG was able to ask Deacon a few questions a couple of day back.  Check out what he had to say below.

Why are you excited about playing in Seoul at the end of November?

The last time I played in Seoul is was super fun. The crowd was amazing. It made me really happy to be with so many happy people having a great time.

Aside from performing, is there anything else you’re hoping to see or do while you’re in Seoul?

I want to eat lots of food and drink way too much makgeolli.

What are some of your best memories from your 2012 Korean tour?

We hung out at this vinyl bar that played only Korean vinyl and drank makgeolli that they brewed in house.  It was a wild night.

What have been some of your highlights of 2014?

Touring with Arcade Fire was totally surreal, but making my new album was the highlight of my year for sure.  I miss making it.

What do you have planned for 2015?

Lots and lots of touring!

Dan Deacon plays on Friday night at Club FF.  The show starts at 11 pm and tickets are 45,000 won at the door. Love X Stereo will open the concert. For more information, check out the Facebook event page for the show here.

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Critical Darlings Wild Beasts Make a Mid-Week Stop in Seoul

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Highly praised British electro-pop band Wild Beasts will be playing a show at V-Hall in Hongdae on Wednesday, November 5.  The concert will be the first of seven dates the quartet are doing in Asia this month.

Wild Beasts Band

Wild Beasts’ 2008 full-length debut, “Limbo, Panto,” received positive write ups from the likes of Pitchfork, NME, and Prefix Magazine with the latter saying “‘Limbo, Panto’ may be one of 2008’s most startlingly great debuts.”  The act’s sophomore offering, 2009’s “Two Dancers,” proved to be an even more successful affair.  Along with being nominated for 2010’s Mercury Prize, it was also included on NME’sBest Albums of the Decade” list and earned a spot in the book “1001 Albums You Must Hear before You Die.”

The group kept going strong with 2011’s “Smother.”  In their review of the album, the BBC wrote that Wild Beasts “are, right now, the most inspirational, intriguing, effortlessly enrapturing band at work on these shores.”  This year saw the release of Wild Beasts’ fourth long-player, “Present Tense.”  Issued in February, just like the rest of the band’s back catalogue, “Present Tense” has had little trouble collecting accolades with The Line of Best Fit saying “They’ve pulled off possibly the most intelligent, involving and profound record since ‘OK Computer.’”

While supporting “Present Tense,” Wilds Beasts have played a number of high-profile outings including Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, and the Pitchfork Music Festival.  V-Hall is obviously a much more intimate space than those large festival stages, which should make for a much more memorable experience for gig goers.

Wild Beasts perform on Wednesday night at V-Hall.  Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm.  Tickets are 50,000 won in advance and 60,000 won at the door.  Information on purchasing advance tickets can be found here.  And there’s a Facebook event page for the show here.

Wild Beasts Poster

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