This weekend! Alive Inside 5. It will be held at Club Boojik, near Chonnam National University. There are 6 different bands on the schedule.
The Geeks (Youth Crew, Seoul) (https://www.facebook.com/thexgeeks)
BettyAss (Skate Punk, Gwangju) (https://www.facebook.com/BettyAss )
Whatever That Means (Melodic Punk, Seoul) (https://www.facebook.com/whateverthatmeansmusic)
Summer Never Comes(Post Rock, Seoul) (https://www.facebook.com/SummerNeverComes)
Dead Gakkhas (Fast Core, Seoul) (https://www.facebook.com/DeadGakkahs)
Save Myself (Skate Punk, Gwangju) (https://www.facebook.com/Savemyself.dontgiveashit)
Ji HongBum from BettyAss organized this show, as well as the other Alive Inside shows, and will be one of the featured acts. BettyAss puts on a great show, and for extra fun, ask them to play their punk cover of John Denver’s “Country Roads”. It’s a classic.
Gwangju has quite a bit of local talent that gets featured in local clubs. Another good place to check out is Club Nevermind across from Daein Market downtown. Look for the “View” eyeglass shop on the corner, and you will see a small white sign about 10 meters down on the right. It’s a small basement club where they will sell the merchandise for the bands playing, and sometimes they will sell some cans of beer with no real formal bar set up. Shows start early, usually 6:30 or 7 pm, and can be done by 9 or 10. Club Nevermind can be found on Café Daum through Naver, and they now have a page on Facebook to keep you in the loop.
Golden Ticket is another Gwangju local band that’s played the local venues. They’ve just returned from a trip to Japan. This band has a lot of talent, with songs that range from bluesy and melancholy to angry and jarring. Their song “Marianne” is introspective while “Mask Heroes” is just fun. One interesting note is their female bassist, who really rocks out. She gives a refreshing take on the music and supplies a different sort of image than you are used to seeing in a female music performer in Korea.
Overall, the smaller clubs and local metal acts in Korea give such a different style of performance than can be seen back home in America. Back home the usual metal and punk scene is filled with bands adhering to a certain image of black leather, metal studs, heavy subject matter and usually some Satan rolled in to make the “right” metal or punk image. Here the focus is more on the music and the craft and less about creating a false front. Baseball hats and jeans are the usual attire here, with an intensity of playing and energy that really pleases the crowds.
For something that’s a little different, if you are an artist who’s looking to study your craft, their continuing art class series will feature a live nude female model this weekend. It’s impressive to see that the local art community has been having these regular classes for artists to develop their skills and really network and explore their talents.
Special Guest Post by Nancy Harcar