ChinchaChincha | Chincha http://chincha.co.uk SOUTH KOREA/ EVENTS/ PLACES/ FILM/ FASHION/ ART STUFF/ MUSIC/ OPINION/ PHOTOGRAPHY Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:06:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Halloween Events in Seoul 2014 http://chincha.co.uk/2014/10/halloween-events-seoul-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=halloween-events-seoul-2014 http://chincha.co.uk/2014/10/halloween-events-seoul-2014/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:55:20 +0000 http://chincha.co.uk/?p=19939 THURSDAY All-you-can-drink Halloween Party Explore Korea has organized an unlimited all-you-can-drink event to get Halloween started a day early at Joon’s bar 2 in Hongdae. Entry costs 20,000 won if you sign up with your details on the Facebook page beforehand.  FRIDAY Halloween at The Beastro The Beastro, an American-style restaurant that’s getting a lot of buzz recently, is throwing a party on its rooftop overlooking Hongdae Park playground this Friday night. There will be Halloween cocktails, music, dancing and goodie bags, plus premium beers at discounted prices. Tickets at the door are 10,000 won, which includes one free drink. Fright Night Loose Union is hosting a Halloween event at Freebird 2 in Hongdae, featuring all seven Loose Union bands: Juck Juck Grunzie, Love X Stereo, New Blue Death, Used Cassettes, Table People, Les Sales and The Killer Drones. The party starts at 8pm and cover is 10,000 won. The organizers have promised candy for trick-or-treaters and prizes for the best costumes.  Rocky Horror Halloween Seoul Players perform the Rocky Horror Show as a shadow cast, mimicking as the film plays in the background, annually for Halloween, and this year is no different. If you’re into drag and dancing to the Time Warp, hit up the Bull and Barrel for […]

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THURSDAY

All-you-can-drink Halloween Party

Explore Korea has organized an unlimited all-you-can-drink event to get Halloween started a day early at Joon’s bar 2 in Hongdae. Entry costs 20,000 won if you sign up with your details on the Facebook page beforehand. 

FRIDAY

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Halloween at The Beastro

The Beastro, an American-style restaurant that’s getting a lot of buzz recently, is throwing a party on its rooftop overlooking Hongdae Park playground this Friday night. There will be Halloween cocktails, music, dancing and goodie bags, plus premium beers at discounted prices. Tickets at the door are 10,000 won, which includes one free drink.

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Loose Union is hosting a Halloween event at Freebird 2 in Hongdae, featuring all seven Loose Union bands: Juck Juck Grunzie, Love X Stereo, New Blue Death, Used Cassettes, Table People, Les Sales and The Killer Drones. The party starts at 8pm and cover is 10,000 won. The organizers have promised candy for trick-or-treaters and prizes for the best costumes. 

Rocky Horror Halloween

Seoul Players perform the Rocky Horror Show as a shadow cast, mimicking as the film plays in the background, annually for Halloween, and this year is no different. If you’re into drag and dancing to the Time Warp, hit up the Bull and Barrel for a different spin on Hallow’s Eve.

Bass Attack Halloween All-Stars

As one of the most popular alternative pop-up nights in Seoul, Bass Attack is sure to fill up Owl Lounge this Halloween. The team behind the dubstep and d’n’b event have put together their full lineup of DJs for the event. 10,000 won before 10pm; 20,000 won after.

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Harry Potter Halloween

Bulldogs Itaewon aims to mark Halloween “in true British style” with a Harry Potter-themed Halloween party and unlimited cocktails for 25,000won (men) and 20,000won (women). The pub is also promising food and freebies for those in costume. 

Nightmare on GRD Street

Southside Parlor will be playing horror movies all night on Halloween and will also have spooky shots and creepy cocktail specials. Free entry. 

SATURDAY

5th Annual Zombie Walk

Join hundreds of other members of the undead for a zombie-centric stroll through Seoul the day after Halloween. Seoul Forest is the meeting spot, but the afterparty will be held at Freebird 2 in Hongdae. 

Halloween Meet Market

The Meet Market, a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community and their allies, is throwing a Halloween bash at MWG in Hongdae. Between 10pm and 12pm you can get some seasonal makeup done for 5,000 won before enjoying a variety of performances from midnight. 10,000 won entry all night. 

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EXTRAS

The Muffs are in Seoul at Club DGBG this FridayParty Luv has the scoop on the events the big clubs are holding all over Seoul; and there’s a themed pub crawl planned around Itaewon

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Win Tickets To Oktoberfest! http://chincha.co.uk/2014/10/win-tickets-oktoberfest/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=win-tickets-oktoberfest http://chincha.co.uk/2014/10/win-tickets-oktoberfest/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 02:32:16 +0000 http://chincha.co.uk/?p=19928 The swanky Banyan Tree Hotel is hosting an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Oktoberfest this Saturday October 11 on their rooftop, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to the event. Seven DJs from some of our favourite club nights in the city will be spinning everything from vintage Korean pop to indie rock and dnb while you fill your face with unlimited edibles and beverages for six hours. Sound delicious? Head to our Facebook page to win free entry. For more info on the party, head to the event page.

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The swanky Banyan Tree Hotel is hosting an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Oktoberfest this Saturday October 11 on their rooftop, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to the event.

Seven DJs from some of our favourite club nights in the city will be spinning everything from vintage Korean pop to indie rock and dnb while you fill your face with unlimited edibles and beverages for six hours. Sound delicious? Head to our Facebook page to win free entry.

For more info on the party, head to the event page.

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House of Vans Returns to Seoul for 2014 http://chincha.co.uk/2014/09/house-vans-returns-seoul-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=house-vans-returns-seoul-2014 http://chincha.co.uk/2014/09/house-vans-returns-seoul-2014/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:14:19 +0000 http://chincha.co.uk/?p=19909 Seoul is the second step on the House of Vans Asia Tour this September, with rapper Pusha-T headlining the free two-day event on Friday Sept. 19. House of Vans is a weekend-long project encompassing two days of free creative workshops, music performances, art installations and skateboarding displays, all set to go down in a warehouse in western Seoul. Music will come from a mix local and international artists, according to the organizers, with the Friday night being dedicated to hip-hop while the Saturday is all about punk rock. The workshops include film production, zine making, screen-printing and tattoo performances. Sign up for the workshops on the House of Vans Asia website and turn up at the warehouse from 8pm Saturday Sept. 19 or 5pm Sunday for everything else.

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Seoul is the second step on the House of Vans Asia Tour this September, with rapper Pusha-T headlining the free two-day event on Friday Sept. 19.

House of Vans is a weekend-long project encompassing two days of free creative workshops, music performances, art installations and skateboarding displays, all set to go down in a warehouse in western Seoul.

Music will come from a mix local and international artists, according to the organizers, with the Friday night being dedicated to hip-hop while the Saturday is all about punk rock.

The workshops include film production, zine making, screen-printing and tattoo performances.

Sign up for the workshops on the House of Vans Asia website and turn up at the warehouse from 8pm Saturday Sept. 19 or 5pm Sunday for everything else.

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Festival Morph http://chincha.co.uk/2014/08/festival-morph/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=festival-morph http://chincha.co.uk/2014/08/festival-morph/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:03:03 +0000 http://chincha.co.uk/?p=19875 If live electronic and dance music is the kind of thing that gets you in the mood, you won’t want to miss out on Seoul’s newest addition to the summer festival line up, Festival Morph. The 2 nights of shows on August 15 and 16 will feature some of the best live electronic musicians and DJs from Korea and Japan in one of Hongdae’s newest nightspots, Club Freebird 2. Headline acts include big names such as Aoki Takamasa (Raster Noton), Ametsub (Nothings66), Tacit Group, Yukari (Plancha Records), Keiichi Sugimoto (Progressive Form, 12K) and Moskitoo (12K). Plus a huge line up of over 20 local and international acts. The festival is a new collaboration between Club Freebird 2 and local electronic music collective WATMM. With whispers of even more international names on the bill for next year we’re looking forward to big things from this partnership in the future. Get in on the ground floor for this one. Festival Morph runs from 8pm to 4am on August 15 and 16 at Club Freebird 2, Hongdae. All show and ticketing information is available at the Festival Morph website at www.morph.1px.kr and on the Facebook page.

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If live electronic and dance music is the kind of thing that gets you in the mood, you won’t want to miss out on Seoul’s newest addition to the summer festival line up, Festival Morph.

The 2 nights of shows on August 15 and 16 will feature some of the best live electronic musicians and DJs from Korea and Japan in one of Hongdae’s newest nightspots, Club Freebird 2.

Headline acts include big names such as Aoki Takamasa (Raster Noton), Ametsub (Nothings66), Tacit Group, Yukari (Plancha Records), Keiichi Sugimoto (Progressive Form, 12K) and Moskitoo (12K). Plus a huge line up of over 20 local and international acts.

The festival is a new collaboration between Club Freebird 2 and local electronic music collective WATMM. With whispers of even more international names on the bill for next year we’re looking forward to big things from this partnership in the future. Get in on the ground floor for this one.

Festival Morph runs from 8pm to 4am on August 15 and 16 at Club Freebird 2, Hongdae.

All show and ticketing information is available at the Festival Morph website at www.morph.1px.kr and on the Facebook page.

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Darkside Live in Seoul http://chincha.co.uk/2014/07/darkside-live-in-seoul/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=darkside-live-in-seoul http://chincha.co.uk/2014/07/darkside-live-in-seoul/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:49:44 +0000 http://chincha.co.uk/?p=19861 Darkside — guitarist Dave Harrington and electro producer Nicolas Jaar — are bringing their mix of electronica and psych rock to Korea through organizer Fake Virgin, and we have a pair of tickets to give away for the show.  To win tickets to the Wednesday night concert, head to our Facebook page and share this post onto your wall.  For more info on the gig, check out the event page. 

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Darkside — guitarist Dave Harrington and electro producer Nicolas Jaar — are bringing their mix of electronica and psych rock to Korea through organizer Fake Virgin, and we have a pair of tickets to give away for the show. 

To win tickets to the Wednesday night concert, head to our Facebook page and share this post onto your wall. 

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For more info on the gig, check out the event page. 

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TICKET GIVEAWAY! St. Vincent Live in Seoul http://chincha.co.uk/2014/07/ticket-giveaway-st-vincent-live-seoul/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ticket-giveaway-st-vincent-live-seoul http://chincha.co.uk/2014/07/ticket-giveaway-st-vincent-live-seoul/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:07:26 +0000 http://chincha.co.uk/?p=19842 St. Vincent, with her esoteric yet accessible music, is coming to Seoul and we’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away! Just head to our Facebook page, share the post about St. Vincent and comment with the name of the friend you want to take with you to the show. The Brooklyn-based artist’s most recent album, “St. Vincent,” was released in February 2014. Her Digital Witness tour will feature tracks from it, as well as a mix of songs from her three other records. St. Vincent is incredible live. Watch her in action singing the title track of her tour below: Buy tickets for 77,000 won advance. 

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St. Vincent, with her esoteric yet accessible music, is coming to Seoul and we’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away!

Just head to our Facebook page, share the post about St. Vincent and comment with the name of the friend you want to take with you to the show.

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The Brooklyn-based artist’s most recent album, “St. Vincent,” was released in February 2014. Her Digital Witness tour will feature tracks from it, as well as a mix of songs from her three other records. St. Vincent is incredible live. Watch her in action singing the title track of her tour below:

Buy tickets for 77,000 won advance

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Ticket Giveaway! Round Robin http://chincha.co.uk/2014/07/ticket-giveaway-round-robin/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ticket-giveaway-round-robin http://chincha.co.uk/2014/07/ticket-giveaway-round-robin/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:29:01 +0000 http://chincha.co.uk/?p=19847 Round Robin, a concert with a totally unique concept, is back in Seoul for the first time in two years, and we’ve got four pairs of tickets to give away to the show. Just head to our Facebook; ‘like’ Chincha; and tag the friend you want to take with you. Round Robin is an intriguing event where participating bands encircle the room on various stages. The audience stands in the middle, and each group plays them a song in turn until the end of the concert.   “There are no breaks, front /back row, opening bands or headliners: just a seamless flow of sound in a concert Stonehenge formed by 3 drum sets, 10 amps, hundreds of fingers, and dozens of eyes!” according to the Round Robin organizers.  The show consists of two rounds. Round A starts at 7:00pm with  PATiENTS, YAMAGATA TWEAKSTER, NOVEMBER ON EARTH (Daegu) and GONGURI, while Round B starts at 9:30pm with MOHANIK (Mongolia), SSIGHBORGGG (US), BILLY CARTER and YUPPIE KILLER. Tickets cost 20,000 won advance (25,000 won on the door) and can be purchased at  골목바이닐앤펍.  For more info on Round Robin, check out the event’s Tumblr page. 

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Round Robin, a concert with a totally unique concept, is back in Seoul for the first time in two years, and we’ve got four pairs of tickets to give away to the show.

Just head to our Facebook; ‘like’ Chincha; and tag the friend you want to take with you.

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Round Robin is an intriguing event where participating bands encircle the room on various stages. The audience stands in the middle, and each group plays them a song in turn until the end of the concert.  

“There are no breaks, front /back row, opening bands or headliners: just a seamless flow of sound in a concert Stonehenge formed by 3 drum sets, 10 amps, hundreds of fingers, and dozens of eyes!” according to the Round Robin organizers. 

The show consists of two rounds. Round A starts at 7:00pm with  PATiENTS, YAMAGATA TWEAKSTER, NOVEMBER ON EARTH (Daegu) and GONGURI, while Round B starts at 9:30pm with MOHANIK (Mongolia), SSIGHBORGGG (US), BILLY CARTER and YUPPIE KILLER.

Tickets cost 20,000 won advance (25,000 won on the door) and can be purchased at  골목바이닐앤펍

For more info on Round Robin, check out the event’s Tumblr page. 

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Christian Protesters Clash with Police at Korea’s Gay Pride http://chincha.co.uk/2014/06/christian-protesters-clash-with-police-at-koreas-gay-pride/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=christian-protesters-clash-with-police-at-koreas-gay-pride http://chincha.co.uk/2014/06/christian-protesters-clash-with-police-at-koreas-gay-pride/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:26:02 +0000 http://chincha.co.uk/?p=19808 The 15th annual Korea Queer Culture Festival held its opening ceremonies and pride parade recently on Saturday, June 7th in Seoul’s Seodaemun neighborhood.  The festival’s official slogan was “Love Conquers Hate,” a mantra that would be forced to prove its merit before the day’s end.  Shown below are members of Church Bitches, one of the festival’s headlining acts (left to right: Lala, Edhi Park, Yongnam Goon [a.k.a. LIL TWINK], and Heezy Yang). The 2013 Korean Queer Culture Festival, held near Hongik University in Hongdae, saw approximately 10,000 parade members and supporters.  Early estimates offered by KQCF organizers predicted a crowd of around 20,000 for this year’s festival.  From its beginnings in 2000 as a group of 50 people marching through the streets of Daehangno, most of whom wore masks or bags over their heads to conceal their identities, the parade has steadily grown every year in terms of both participants and supporters. Despite showing one of the largest worldwide shifts toward approval of same-sex relationships in recent years, the majority of Koreans still believe that homosexuality should not be accepted by society. The LGBT community faces heavy stigmatization and discrimination, and remains largely closeted as a result.  Until 2010, the festival employed a […]

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The 15th annual Korea Queer Culture Festival held its opening ceremonies and pride parade recently on Saturday, June 7th in Seoul’s Seodaemun neighborhood.  The festival’s official slogan was “Love Conquers Hate,” a mantra that would be forced to prove its merit before the day’s end.  Shown below are members of Church Bitches, one of the festival’s headlining acts (left to right: Lala, Edhi Park, Yongnam Goon [a.k.a. LIL TWINK], and Heezy Yang).

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The 2013 Korean Queer Culture Festival, held near Hongik University in Hongdae, saw approximately 10,000 parade members and supporters.  Early estimates offered by KQCF organizers predicted a crowd of around 20,000 for this year’s festival.  From its beginnings in 2000 as a group of 50 people marching through the streets of Daehangno, most of whom wore masks or bags over their heads to conceal their identities, the parade has steadily grown every year in terms of both participants and supporters.

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Despite showing one of the largest worldwide shifts toward approval of same-sex relationships in recent years, the majority of Koreans still believe that homosexuality should not be accepted by society. The LGBT community faces heavy stigmatization and discrimination, and remains largely closeted as a result.  Until 2010, the festival employed a “no photo” system in which photographers weren’t allowed to photograph anyone wearing a designated sticker.  Although this has since been eliminated, many parade members and KQCF volunteers denied permission to have their photographs taken for fear of social repercussions or being involuntarily outed.  Some, however, were willing and able (and proud!) to be photographed.

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During the days leading up to the parade, numerous rumors circulated online regarding cancellations and the legality of the parade.  Several media outlets reported that the Seodaemun District Office had revoked the festival’s permit entirely due to the recent sinking of the MV Sewol.  In actuality, they had only lost their permit to hold the parade four hours before the usual Saturday closure of Yonsei-ro to traffic.  An anonymous KQCF organizer later claimed that the loss of the permit was likely due to Christian groups in the neighborhood who were attempting to capitalize on the nation’s recent tragedy: “Some radical opposition forces sent a lot of civil affair documents, and some powerful conservative/Christian forces made the office cancel the permit to shift four hours ahead… most of the civil affair documents wrote they are against [a] ‘gay festival.’”  Regardless of this minor setback, organizers released several statements via social media assuring potential parade members that the festival was still being held and they had the approval of the Seodaemun District Police.

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On the day of the parade, protesters and supporters alike filled the intersection outside Sinchon Station.  Though the LGBT community and their allies formed the vast majority, protesters maintained a discernable presence in the crowd, armed with amplification systems and an ouvre of anti-gay chants and signs.  One parade member (pictured below) attempted to drown out a protester’s megaphone with bagpipes.

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Minutes after the parade began, the floats were forced to stop due to a sit-in organized by Christian protesters.  The police quickly formed a barricade of officers to create a buffer between the two groups.  Parade members continued on as the procession suddenly transformed into a walking tour of the stopped floats until bottlenecking at the standoff with protesters.

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Four hours later, after police arrested four protestors, issued repeated orders to move, and made multiple efforts to clear the sit-in using riot gear, the protestors’ numbers continued to multiply, and the officers’ concerns shifted toward maintaining the peace between the two groups rather than allowing the parade to continue.  After a four-hour standoff, members of the parade began to retreat to the main stage, and the floats soon followed.  The protestors, now numbering more than one hundred, briefly reveled in what seemed a victory as they sang the Korean national anthem.

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Rather than readily accept defeat, the members of the Church Bitches float turned up their speakers, which were blaring the voice of Freddie Mercury, and continued down an adjacent street.  Determined to finish the parade, and now entering their fifth consecutive hour of dancing on top of the float due to the delays caused by the sit-in, they led the parade on an unplanned route that circumvented the protestors.  A crowd of thousands followed, a sense of victory in the face of bigotry palpable throughout the catalyzed masses.

Unlike comparatively liberal western countries, where sexual minorities are mostly able to live their lives openly and pride parades are attended by hundreds of thousands, those in the Korean LGBT community are typically unable to be open about their sexuality.  Many Koreans think that homosexuality does not exist in their country, or that it is a disease introduced to the population by foreigners.  Much of the homophobia that plagues Korean culture can be attributed to LGBT invisibility; few Koreans are ever knowingly exposed to LGBT individuals due to mass closetude.  Since it is predominately unsafe for Koreans to be out to their families, friends, and employers, few ever take the risk.  This year’s KQCF parade, however, despite the numerous hurtles and obstacles, came out peacefully, proudly, and in greater numbers than ever before, taking a brave and important step toward visibility and equality for all sexual minorities in South Korea.

Samuel Murray is an English teacher and writer currently living in South Korea.  He is honored to have been part of the pride parade in Seoul this year, his first as an open member of the LGBT community.

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Secret Zombie Meeting With Guitar Wolf http://chincha.co.uk/2014/06/secret-zombie-meeting-with-guitar-wolf/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=secret-zombie-meeting-with-guitar-wolf http://chincha.co.uk/2014/06/secret-zombie-meeting-with-guitar-wolf/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:34:02 +0000 http://chincha.co.uk/?p=19799 If you have never heard of the Japanese punk band Guitar Wolf, it’s time to start questioning your adolescence. Their self-described style of “Jet Rock ‘n’ Roll” brings together punk, noise, and rockabilly to stereo obliterating decibels which the band may or may not use to save us all from a zombie apocalypse. Though their lyrics veer more toward B-grade cult films than nihilism and politics, their high-energy and style have kept them rocking for almost 30 years. Before their show in Seoul this Friday, Seiji, Toru and U.G. took the time to meet us in a secret underground bunker to talk about Korea-Japan relations, their inspirations, favorite tunes, and whether or not they really will save us from that zombie invasion. Chincha: The bands been around since 1987. Whats kept you going through good times and bad? What keeps you interested? Guitar Wolf: We have a mission.  We may never be one of the biggest mainstream bands, but we know we’re one of the coolest. All the band members are aware of it. We just keep on moving forward and doing what we do. You coined the term Jet rock ‘n’ roll What does it mean? I love Rock […]

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If you have never heard of the Japanese punk band Guitar Wolf, it’s time to start questioning your adolescence. Their self-described style of “Jet Rock ‘n’ Roll” brings together punk, noise, and rockabilly to stereo obliterating decibels which the band may or may not use to save us all from a zombie apocalypse.

Though their lyrics veer more toward B-grade cult films than nihilism and politics, their high-energy and style have kept them rocking for almost 30 years. Before their show in Seoul this Friday, Seiji, Toru and U.G. took the time to meet us in a secret underground bunker to talk about Korea-Japan relations, their inspirations, favorite tunes, and whether or not they really will save us from that zombie invasion.

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Chincha: The bands been around since 1987. Whats kept you going through good times and bad? What keeps you interested?

Guitar Wolf: We have a mission.  We may never be one of the biggest mainstream bands, but we know we’re one of the coolest. All the band members are aware of it. We just keep on moving forward and doing what we do.

You coined the term Jet rock ‘n’ roll What does it mean?

I love Rock n Roll that sounds like a jet engine.

I love Rock n Roll that runs as fast as a jet plane.

And I love the word “Jet.”  I think I’d probably be a Jet plane if I was reborn.

You’re known for a wild, theatrical live show. How do u keep it fresh? Where does your energy come from?

We just want try to give out the same high-energy rock that the great rockers in musical history emitted. Our energy? That comes from a lot of beer.

1999′s “Jet Generation” is claimed to be the loudest record ever released … is that actually true?

Well the record label put a sticker on to warn listeners that “we were not responsible for broken stereos due to loud volume..” One of my friends did actually claim that his stereo blew up while listening to it.

If you weren’t musicians, what would you have all ended up doing?

We would be movie stars in Korea.

You’re well known for the cult movie Wild Zero. How did you end up getting involved?

The director wanted to make a Rock ‘n’ Roll movie packed with the motorcycles, explosions, UFO’s , zombies and a whole bunch of other stuff. We met and the rest is history. 

Whats a favorite song of yours?

“All Through The Night Buttobase!!”

And how about from someone else?

“Kick Out The Jams” – MC5” and “Rumble” – Link Wray

Is there a particular album which defines you? Something we should listen to on repeat for the next few days?

Has to be our very first album. “Wolf Rock”.

If you had to pick your 3 biggest influences, what would they be?

Kawasaki motorcycles, Bruce Lee and when I first came to Tokyo from my countryside hometown.

You’re heading to London soon, where are your favourite places to play around the world?

Paris, New York, Memphis, and Seoul.

You’ve played in Seoul a bunch of times. What do you always try and do when your in town?

Aside from playing awesome live shows and drinking, we love the nightlife here. It’s fanciful and interesting, different from Japan. I always find it very charming. So we party.  

How does the music scene in Korea compare to Japan? What’s your opinion of punk/rock ‘n’ roll culture here and there in general?

I hope theres still as many rock and punk clubs as ever. There were so many great bands in the 70’s and 80’s in Korea. These days Galaxy Express are a great inspiration. I love people in Korea, everyones always so enthusiastic and friendly, we have a great relationships with our friends here. I can’t believe the two countries are having so many political problems with each other. Hopefully we’ll can learn to get along well as nations aswell as people.  The occasional fight is ok but absolutely no hatred.

AstroZombies from space invade tomorrow. Whats your weapon of choice?

Guitar Wolf’s explosive sound. We’d play a gig with with huge speakers like the one in ‘Back To The Future”, paralyze what’s left of their brains, turn them into Rock n Roll zombies and make them dance behind us.

Touché. Who would u have on your side in a bar-fight? The Misfits or the Cramps?

Of course, The Cramps.

Is Elvis alive or Dead? IF he’s alive, what’s he up to?

I’m a big fan of Elvis. I wish he was still with us today. If Elvis was alive I’d love to see him singing cool punk rock.

Run over a Vampire on a Motorcycle or a zombie with a Cadillac?

The vampire would probably dodge the motorcycle and jump on my back. Then he’d bite my neck with his fangs and I’d be a vampire, too. Then I’d probably go round looking for Korean ladies to turn. Come be a Vampire with me.

Rock n Roll will never die because ___________________ ?

Guitar Wolf are here to stay.

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Catch Guitar Wolf  at Prism Hall on Friday, supported by guests from Tokyo, the Spanish Barrow’in Guitar and local rockers Streetguns, Dead Buttons and Assassination Squad. Check the Seoul Shindig page for more details on the gig and to keep up to date with all their upcoming parties, séances, zombie hunts and secret meetings. 

Interview by Alex A and James D

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Asian Chairshot Plan World Domination http://chincha.co.uk/2014/05/asian-chairshot-plan-world-domination/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asian-chairshot-plan-world-domination http://chincha.co.uk/2014/05/asian-chairshot-plan-world-domination/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 00:00:34 +0000 http://chincha.co.uk/?p=19769 스크롤을 내리시면 한국어로 인터뷰 내용을 읽어 보실 수 있습니다. We chatted to vocalist and bassist Youngwon Hwang of Asian Chairshot to get the lowdown on spreading Korean indie all over the world, their current U.K. tour, and what working with Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder is like. 현재 영국에서 열심히 투어를 돌며  한국식 고유의 체어샷을 보여 주고 있는 아시안 체어샷과 인터뷰 내용을 요약 하였습니다. 그들이 영국 투어를 가기까지, Smashing Pumpkins의  기타리스트 Jeff Schroeder와 작업은 어땠는지등 흥미로운 이야기들을 아시안 체어샷의  보컬/베이스 황영원씨와 나눠보았습니다. Please introduce yourselves. We’re the Korean rock band Asian Chairshot.  Our band features me on bass and vocals, Heenam Son on guitar, and Kyewan Park on drums.  We formed in 2011 and have released one EP and three digital singles so far. Your name is very unique. When you chose the name, did you guys intend to perform abroad, and eventually get famous? Not necessarily. But since our members are all Asians playing rock music, which originated from Western culture, we wanted to surprise and inspire people outside of Korea, and especially Western people, with our music. I guess that sounds pretty ambitious now! Who are your musical influences?  Of course, we listen to a lot of Western rock music, but the […]

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스크롤을 내리시면 한국어로 인터뷰 내용을 읽어 보실 수 있습니다.

We chatted to vocalist and bassist Youngwon Hwang of Asian Chairshot to get the lowdown on spreading Korean indie all over the world, their current U.K. tour, and what working with Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder is like.

현재 영국에서 열심히 투어를 돌며  한국식 고유의 체어샷을 보여 주고 있는 아시안 체어샷과 인터뷰 내용을 요약 하였습니다.
그들이 영국 투어를 가기까지, Smashing Pumpkins의  기타리스트 Jeff Schroeder와 작업은 어땠는지등 흥미로운 이야기들을
아시안 체어샷의  보컬/베이스 황영원씨와 나눠보았습니다.

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Please introduce yourselves.

We’re the Korean rock band Asian Chairshot.  Our band features me on bass and vocals, Heenam Son on guitar, and Kyewan Park on drums.  We formed in 2011 and have released one EP and three digital singles so far.

Your name is very unique. When you chose the name, did you guys intend to perform abroad, and eventually get famous?

Not necessarily. But since our members are all Asians playing rock music, which originated from Western culture, we wanted to surprise and inspire people outside of Korea, and especially Western people, with our music. I guess that sounds pretty ambitious now!

Who are your musical influences? 

Of course, we listen to a lot of Western rock music, but the biggest influence on our music came from legendary Korean rock bands like Sanullim and Deulgukhwa from the 1980s and 90s. Those bands have influenced us both lyrically and melodically.  Please check out those bands if you can.

What distinguishes Asian Chairshot from other bands?

This isn’t something we really think about.  But other people have said that our combination of heavy yet melodic guitar sounds and our very “Koreanish” vocals (which sound similar to old Korean rock bands from the 1970s and 80s) sets us apart from other acts. For us, we just hope to make music that people will enjoy for a long time.

The music video for Mask Dance (Talchum) is very impressive. Were you guys deeply involved in the making of it? Or was the video someone else’s idea?

The director was Jungwan Park. He works with the Korean music label JYP. He is Kyewan’s brother and has made lots of K-pop videos.  The credit for the video should go to him. It was his idea, but we also wanted the video to show the spirit of traditional Korean culture in it.

Please tell us about your upcoming album.

Our album was produced by Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder.  He was on vacation in Korea last summer and fall.  While he was here, he went to some music conferences and met lots of other artists.

Fortunately, he happened to come to one of our concerts and we were able to meet him.  We became friends and hung out a lot.  He said he liked our music.  He felt that Asian Chairshot and Smashing Pumpkins had some similarities in their music.  We were looking for a producer for our full-length at that time, so we jokingly asked him about working with us.  He said yes, and then arrangements were worked out very quickly.  He even invited Smashing Pumpkins’ engineer to come to Korea to work on the album too.  We had a lot of fun working on this album.  It’s called Horizon and it will be released on May 28.  The album will be on iTunes for people overseas who would like to hear it.

We’re currently on tour in the UK and afterwards we’re playing in Singapore and Malaysia too.  We’re going to perform at the Music Matters festival in Singapore on May 23.  And we’ll be back in Korea this summer to play at many different music festivals.  Oh, and we’re also planning to go to Japan as well this summer or fall.

How did your UK tour come about?

Dave Pichilingi, who is the CEO of Liverpool Sound City, came to Korea last year and saw us play.  He liked Asian Chairshot and a few other bands and said he’d like to invite them to play at Liverpool Sound City.  We were so psyched about the news.  We’re grateful to CJ Culture Foundation. They helped us a lot to make this tour happen.

How did you guys prepare for the tour?

We practiced at least 3 – 4 hours every day over the last couple of months to get ready.  Our only hopes for the tour were that at least a few people would like our music.

Do you guys have more plans for world tours?

Yes, we do. Like I said earlier, we will go to Singapore and Malaysia right after our UK tour.  And many more shows are being discussed right now.  Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with what Asian Chairshot are doing.

Last question. What your long-term goals?

Although Asian Chairshot debuted in 2011, we recently started to get recognition, which we are very happy about.  We would love to help add more layers to Korean indie music, so it could continue to become more diverse.

We really hope to perform for a long time and that many more people will be able enjoy our music.  All of you know that K-Pop is becoming more popular around the world, but we have a feeling that it’s also time for Korean indie bands to start making a bigger mark globally.

The band’s newest album will be released on iTunes. Info on the band’s upcoming concerts will be shared on FB and Twitter. 

Interview by Jay Gye

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아시안 체어샷에 대해 간략한 소개 부탁 드립니다.

네 저희는 한국의 3인조 락밴드 아시안체어샷입니다. 보컬/베이스에 황영원, 기타에 손희남, 드럼에 박계완 이렇게구요. 2011년 결성되서 지금까지 1장의 EP와 세장의 디지털싱글을 발매하였습니다.

이름이 독특합니다. 왠지 결성 단계에서 부터 해외 진출을 염두해 둔 듯한데, 그런건가요?

결성 당시 부터 해외 진출을 염두해둔건 아니구요, 기본적으로 동양인들이 서양의 음악인 락음악을 하는 입장에서 서양인들에게도 음악적으로 충격을 선사해주고 싶다라는 생각에 밴드명을 지었답니다. 나름 거창하죠? ^^
아시안이라는 단어와 프로레슬링에서 반칙의 기술인 체어샷이 합쳐지면 저희들의 이런 의도가 드러나지 않을까라는 느낌입니다.

현재 아시안 체어샷의 음악적 영향은 어디서 왔다고 보면 되나요?

물론 해외의 락밴드들의 음악도 즐겨듣지만, 저희들의 Root는 산울림, 들국화와 같은 한국의 80/90년대 락밴드들에게서 큰 영향을 받았답니다.가사적으로나 음악적으로나 말이지요. 기회가 된다면 꼭 접해보시면 좋겠네요.

아시안 체어샷이 다른 밴드들과 구별되는 독특한 점은 뭐가 있을까요?

글쎄요.. 크게 생각해보지는 않았지만 공연을 본 많은 분들께서는 헤비하면서도 아름다운 멜로디의 기타연주와 보컬의 한국적인 느낌이 인상적이라고 이야기합니다. 저희는 오랜 시간이 흘러도 유행을 타지 않고 들려질수 있는 그런 음악을 만들고 싶답니다.

탈춤의 뮤직비디오가 굉장히 인상적입니다. 본인들의 의도가 반영된 작품인가요? 아니면 감독님이 음악을 듣고 직접 구상 하신건가요?

드러머 박계완씨의 친형이자 JYP소속의 케이팝뮤지션과 많은 작업을 하신 ‘박정완’감독님이 작업을 하셨습니다. (저희끼리 친해서 술도 자주 마시는 사이에요)
탈춤의 뮤직비디오 컨셉은 감독님의 아이디어이구요. 기본적으로 저희들도 이 곡으로 한국적인 느낌을 담아서 제작을 하면 매력적이다라는 생각을 했습니다.

이번에 나올 정규 앨범에 대해 소개 부탁 드립니다

제프와의 작업을 하게된 계기부터 말씀드리는게 좋겠군요. 마침 작년 여름/가을부터 휴가차 한국에서 지낸 제프가 우연히 저희들의 공연을 보게되었답니다. 한국에서 많은 공연을 보고 아티스트와 어울리거나 컨퍼런스에 연사로 참가하는등 매우 바쁜 휴가일정을 보낸걸로 알고 있어요. 그러다가 우연히 저희들의 공연을 보았고 자주 어울리게 되었습니다. 그 와중에 저희들의 음악을 매우 마음에 들어했답니다.
헤비하면서 때로 서정적인 멜로디가 자신이 속해있는 Smashing Pumpkins 와 유사한 면이 있다면서 말이죠. 마침 저희역시 1집앨범의 프로듀서를 물색중에 있었어요. 그러다가 저희가 장난반으로 제프에게
부탁을 했는데 제프역시 관심을 보이더라구요. 자신의 전담 엔지니어까지 초청을 하게되는등 이후 일정은 소속사에서 처리하면서 순식간에 진행이 되더군요. 작년 12월 한달간 꼬박 녹음실에서 작업을 했어요,정말 즐겁게 녹음을 하였고 저희역시 많이 성장할수 있는 계기가 된 경험이었습니다. 앨범은 5월28일 ‘Horizon’이라는 타이틀로 발매가 되구요. 물론 아이튠즈등을 통해서 해외에서도 만나보실수 있을 겁니다. 해외 공연 계획은 지금 영국투어이후 바로 5월23일 싱가포르의 Music Matters 일정이 있구요. 바로 말레이시아에서 두번 정도 공연을 하는걸로 알고 있습니다. 여름에는 한국에서 크고작은 페스티벌 일정이 있구요. 여름/가을경에는 일본 공연도 저희 소속사를 통해서 진행되는걸로 알고 있습니다. 좀 더 많은 곳에서 공연을 하고 싶네요!

이번 영국 투어는 어떻게 진행하게 되었나요?

작년 한국의 뮤콘이라는 음악컨퍼런스에 참가한 영국 리버풀사운드시티의 오너인 데이빗이 몇몇 한국의 밴드를 맘에 들어했다고 들었어요. 그 와중에 저희 아시안체어샷을 포함해서 열팀정도 자신의 페스티벌에 초대하고 싶다고 밝혀왔구요. 흔치 않은 기회인지라 저희는 무조건 자비를 들여서라도 참가하겠다는 의사를 밝혔답니다. 이후 자연스럽게 투어 일정을 잡으면서 지금의 영국투어를 진행하게 되었구요. 특히 이번 투어에 영국현지와 한국에서 물심양면으로 많은 도움을 준 CJ Culture Foundation에게 진심으로 감사를 드립니다.

영국 투어를 위해 어떻게 준비하고 계시나요?

근 두달간 하루에 3~4시간씩 빠지지않고 연습을 했습니다. 영국에서 매 클럽당 30분정도 공연을 하게될텐데, 짦은 시간이지만 한분이라도 저희 공연을 보고 맘에 들어한다면 좋겠네요

앞으로도 계속 해외 공연 계획이 있으신가요?

말씀드렸다시피, 영국투어를 마치고 바로 싱가포르와 말레이시아 일정이 잡혀있습니다.
아직 확정되지 않은 스케줄이 계속 이야기중에 있는걸로 알고 있구요. 차후 일정은 저희 페이스북과 트위터등을 통해서 꾸준히 업데이트되오니 많이 관심가져주세요!

이후 장기적인 아시안 체어샷의 계획은 어떤가요? (현재 한국 인디 음악씬에 대한 간략한 의견과 더불어  아시안 체어샷의 위치나 소명감바람 같은 것들을 쓰면 더 뚜렷하게 강조 될 것 같습니다

우선 저희는 오랜시간 멋진 음악을 좀 더 많은 이들에게 들려주고 싶네요.
더불어서 한국에서는 현재 많은 밴드들이 왕성한 활동을 하거나 해외로 진출하는등 매우 큰 움직임을 보여주고 있습니다. 케이팝등을 위시로해서 해외에서도 한국의 음악들이 큰 인기를 얻는걸로 알고 있는데, 비단 케이팝뿐 아니라 한국의 인디음악도 훌륭한 음악이 많으니 꾸준히 관심가져주시고 응원해주세요.
저희 아시안체어샷은 어떡해보면 이제 갓 신인티를 벗기 시작한 단계인지라, 이런 한국의 인디음악씬을 풍부하게 만들어주고 하는데 자그마하게 일조한다면 더할나위 없을 듯 합니다.

인터뷰 진행자 계재현

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