Korea Gig Guide has been co-presenting the Shake Shop concert series with Dream Dance Studio for the last year-and-a-half. Each month, the Shake Shop shows see bellydancers Eshe and Navah collaborating with three Seoul indie bands at Club Freebird.
Wanting to do something a little different for August’s event, Saturday night (August 16) will see the bellydancers working with three bands from Steel Face Records’ roster. Calling the pairing Steel Shop, the concert will take place atop of the Hongdae rooftop live space run by Steel Face Records, Steel Face Rooftop 3639. When the gig finishes, there will be a free barbecue for all attendees.
Steel Shop will see Eshe and Navah performing alongside Patients, Bad Trip, and Dives. Punk act Dives was formed in 2012 by Korean fashion model Heynam Sin. She plays bass and handles lead vocals in the group, Soobin Lee is the guitarist, and Junghee Lee drums. The up-and-coming trio finished recording their first EP in July. The disc will come out in the coming months through Steel Face Records. Dives will be previewing cuts from the EP at Steel Shop.
Sin took a few minutes to answer some questions about Dives and Steel Shop for Korea Gig Guide.
Why did you want to start Dives?
I’ve loved punk music since I was a teenager. I enjoyed going to punk gigs and soon after started to learn how to play music. From there, I decided to start a band. It was all a really natural process.
Why are Dives excited about playing at Steel Shop?
The ground in Hongdae is a crazy place with so many people which makes playing high above the crowds on Steel Face Rooftop 3639 a lot of fun. It’s a really cool space and gigs there are always fun. For this show, we’re going to be working with sexy bellydancers too which will make the whole night even more wild and exciting!
Please tell us about your new EP.
Our new EP was recorded this spring and summer and has five songs on it. The songs are being mixed now. We had a lot of fun making the songs. We’re excited that they will come out soon!
What’s more fun, being in a punk band or being a fashion model?
Playing in a punk band and modeling are both the most interesting things to me. I can’t choose which one is more fun to do. Music and fashion are like good friends. They help make things a lot more fun for each other!
Eshe and Navah worked with Bad Trip earlier this year as part of Shake Shop. Here’s a live video from their collaboration to give everyone an idea of what to expect at Steel Shop.
Steel Shop takes place on Saturday, August 16 at Steel Face Records 3639. The show starts at 8:30 pm and tickets are 15,000 won. Dives, Bad Trip, and Patients will all perform with bellydancers Eshe and Navah. There will be a free barbecue for show-goers after the concert. For more information, check out the Facebook event page here.
Directions to Steel Face Rooftop 3639: Go out Sangsu Station (Line 6) Exit 1 and walk towards Hongik University. When you get to the Vans store, walk across the intersection and then turn left. Walk down the street. Steel Face Rooftop 3639 is on top of the building that’s directly across the street from Gold I and Gold II.