Korean Indie Bands Head To UK & Liverpool

Following in the footsteps of last year’s Korea Rocks tour in the UK, no less than six Korean acts are set to appear at the Liverpool Sound City Festival next week, May 1st-3rd. All bands will have multiple showcases at the festival and play elsewhere in the country before returning to Korea.

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Hugh Keice performed at the festival already in 2012 and will be returning together with Peterpan Complex. Meanwhile Zandari Festa, that launched as a showcase festival in Seoul two years ago, is making a guest appearance in Liverpool featuring Asian Chairshot, Dead Buttons, Hellivision and Patients.

Thursday, May 1

19:15-19:45 – Patients @ Brooklyn Mixer
23:30-00:00 – Peterpan Complex @ Studio 2

Friday, May 2

18:00-18:15 – Hellivision @ Moon Museum
19:15-19:45 – Hugh Keice @ Brooklyn Mixer
19:30-20:00 – Asian Chairshot @ Korova
20:15-20:45 – Dead Buttons @ Heebie Jeebies
01:00-01:30 – Hellivision @ Mello Mello

Saturday, May 3

14:15-14:45 – Patients @ Kazimier Gardens (Zandari Festa)
15:15-15:45 – Hellivision @ Kazimier Gardens (Zandari Festa)
16:15-16:45 – Dead Buttons @ Kazimier Gardens (Zandari Festa)
17:15-17:45 – Asian Chairshot @ Kazimier Gardens (Zandari Festa)
20:00-20:30 – Peterpan Complex @ Korova
20:30-21:00 – Hugh Keice @ Sound Food and Drink

 

Asian Chairshot

Psychedelic rock trio Asian Chairshot formed in 2011 and has gained more traction every year since. Last year’s EP helped the band to place second in the Hello Rookie finals 2013 and earned them nominations for both Best Korean Rock Album and Best Korean Rock Song at the 2014 Korean Music Awards. Asian Chairshot’s first full-length album Horizon is slated for release end of May.

 
After neglecting opportunities to see them live in Korea last summer, I finally took the chance in March and was very, very impressed. This is for sure a band I think will go very well over with a European audience.

UK Tour Dates

May 2 – Liverpool, England @ Korova (Liverpool Sound City)
May 3 – Liverpool, England @ Kazimier Gardens (Liverpool Sound City)
May 4 – Chester, England @ The Compass
May 5 – Sheffield, England @ The Bell Jar
May 7 – Salford, England @ The Eagle Inn
May 9 – London, England @ AAA
May 11 – Bristol, England @ Pam Pam
May 12 – London, England @ Pipeline

Pre-Tour Interviews

DoIndie: An Interview with Asian Chairshot
koreanindie: Interview with Asian Chairshot
ATK Magazine: Interview: Asian Chairshot
Relawan Konser: [Special] Interview with Asian Chairshot, April 2014
Korean Class MASSIVE: Interview with Asian Chairshot
SumGyeoJin Gem: Interview with Asian Chairshot (아시안체어샷)
The AU Review: Hello Asia! Interview: Asian Chairshot (South Korea)
YAM Magazine: Smack In The Face: Interview With Asian Chairshot
The Soju Movement: Events : Asian Chairshot, Dead Buttons & Patients touring in the UK
view of the arts: In Conversation with Asian Chairshot (아시안체어샷)
Korean rock is real: Interview with Asian Chairshot (아시안 체어샷)
247 Asian Media: [INTERVIEW] 247 Delves Deep Into What Makes Asian Chairshot Unique
Artrocker: New Blood Special: Korean Underground tour hits London Town
KoME: Interview with Asian Chairshot
Beyond Hallyu: Korean Music Interview: Asian Chairshot
Love-Kpop: Interview with ASIAN CHAIRSHOT

 

Dead Buttons

While starting out as a threepiece in 2012, Dead Buttons transformed into a guitar-drums duo during the summer of 2013. Debut EP Whoever You Are was released in February this year and has generated a fair amount of buzz for the rock’n’roll act since.

 

UK Tour Dates

May 2 – Liverpool, England @ Heebie Jeebies (Liverpool Sound City)
May 3 – Liverpool, England @ Kazimier Gardens (Liverpool Sound City)
May 7 – Bristol, England @ The Hatchet Inn
May 8 – Southampton, England @ Unit Club (WTFest)
May 9 – London, England @ AAA
May 10 – London, England @ Astbury Castle

Pre-Tour Interviews

koreanindie: Interview with Dead Buttons
DoIndie: Dead Buttons Interview
YAM Magazine: Baby, Please Be Yourself: Interview With Dead Buttons
Relawan Konser: [Special] Interview with Dead Buttons, April 2014
Korea Gig Guide: Dead Buttons Hit Hongdae Tonight, UK in May
SumGyeoJin Gem: Interview with Dead Buttons
Korean Class MASSIVE: Interview with Dead Buttons
ATK Magazine: Interview: Dead Buttons
UnitedKpop: [INTERVIEW] Korean Indie band ‘Dead Buttons’
Love-Kpop: INTERVIEW with DEAD BUTTONS
view of the arts: In Conversation with Dead Buttons
The AU Review: Hello Asia! Interview: Dead Buttons (South Korea)
The Soju Movement: Events : Asian Chairshot, Dead Buttons & Patients touring in the UK
Beyond Hallyu: Korean Music Interview: Dead Buttons
247 Asian Media: [INTERVIEW] Dead Buttons Discuss Their U.K. Tour And The Many Flavors Of South Korea’s Music
Artrocker: New Blood Special: Korean Underground tour hits London Town
KoME: Interview with Dead Buttons

 

Hellivision

The members of instrumental rock trio Hellivision began jamming together during the summer of 2011. With a background in bands such as The Mustangs, Cocore, Underwears Band and Second Session the result is sometimes funky, sometimes reggae, often psychedelic, always intriguing.


 The first time I saw Hellivision live was during now defunct venue Lowrise’s 1st anniversary show. Even though I’d been told that it was a band not to miss already months earlier, I wasn’t quite prepared for what I was about to hear when the band started improvising. Definitely a band to experience live.

UK Tour Dates

May 2 – Liverpool, England @ The Fanclub (Liverpool Sound City)
May 2 – Liverpool, England @ Mello Mello (Liverpool Sound City)
May 3 – Liverpool, England @ Kazimier Gardens (Liverpool Sound City)
May 6 – Glasgow, Scotland @ 13th Note

Pre-Tour Interview

DoIndie: Hellivision Interview
 

Hugh Keice

London-based until recently, John Mayer influenced singer-songwriter Hugh Keice has moved back to Seoul but still returns to England now and then. In October last year first full-length album Whale Song Omnibus was released, mixing new songs with those previously released on EPs in the UK.


 I had the pleasure of seeing Hugh Keice live in a small art space in London almost exactly a year ago. After the first few songs I often tend to find singer-songwriters to not be all that interesting live, but I had no such issues with Hugh Keice. Catch him if you can!

UK Dates

May 2 – Liverpool, England @ Brooklyn Mixer (Liverpool Sound City)
May 3 – Liverpool, England @ Sound Food and Drink (Liverpool Sound City)
May 6 – London, England @ Korean Cultural Centre UK

Pre-UK Interview

SumGyeoJin Gem: Interview with Hugh Keice

 

Patients

Although the members have varied over the years, punk band Patients has been around since 2005. First full-length album Kitsch Space came out in 2011 and was launched as ‘hybrid punk’. Nowadays the band is a trio with a bass-drums-keyboard setup.

 

UK Tour Dates

May 1 – Liverpool, England @ Brooklyn Mixer (Liverpool Sound City)
May 3 – Liverpool, England @ Kazimier Gardens (Liverpool Sound City)
May 7 – Bristol, England @ The Hatchet Inn
May 8 – Southampton, England @ Unit Club (WTFest)
May 9 – London, England @ AAA
May 10 – London, England @ Astbury Castle

Pre-Tour Interviews

DoIndie: PATiENTS Interview
ATK Magazine: Interview: Patients
SumGyeoJin Gem: Interview PATiENTS (페이션츠)
koreanindie: Interview with PATiENTS (페이션츠)
Relawan Konser: [Special] Inerview with Patients, April 2014
The AU Review: Hello Asia! Interview: Patients (South Korea)
Beyond Hallyu: Korean Music Interview: PATiENTS
247 Asian Media: [INTERVIEW] Explore Korean Hybrid Punk Rock With Band, Patients
Korean Class MASSIVE: Interview with Korean indie band Patients
UnitedKpop: [INTERVIEW] Korean Punk Rockers ‘PATiENTS’
view of the arts: In Conversation with PATiENTS (페이션츠)
Love-Kpop: INTERVIEW with hybrid-punk band PATiENTS
YAM Magazine: The Doctor Is In: Interview with Patients
The Soju Movement: Events : Asian Chairshot, Dead Buttons & Patients touring in the UK
Artrocker: New Blood Special: Korean Underground tour hits London Town

 

Peterpan Complex

Peterpan Complex has been around for well over a decade already, with several changes in both sound and members throughout the years. After debuting with a Radiohead influenced sound in 2002 and trying out different modern rock styles since, the bands current incarnation has more of a synth-pop orientation. Peterpan Complex played a couple of shows in London in February this year.

UK Dates

May 1 – Liverpool, England @ Studio 2 (Liverpool Sound City)
May 3 – Liverpool, England @ Korova (Liverpool Sound City)
May 6 – London, England @ Korean Cultural Centre UK

Pre-UK Interviews

SumGyeoJin Gem: Interview with Peterpan Complex
Beyond Hallyu: Korean Indie Interview: Peterpan Complex

 
Interview links will be updated as more interviews become available. For more details on each date, please see Indieful ROK’s event listing.

 
Via: Korean rock is real; Liverpool Sound City; Hugh Keice

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