Featured Artists

Here you’ll find links and info to all of the artists we feature on the show. If you like them, show your support and let them know you heard about them here. And if you’re in a band and would like to be featured on our show, head over to our Contact page and drop us message. Or you can email us directly at koreaundergroundpodcast@gmail.com


 

Love X Stereo, featured in Episode 007 and Episode 023.

Love X Stereo

From Left to Right: Sol, Annie, Toby

“Love X Stereo infuses electronic elements to their original alternative pop, punk rock vibe to create new authentic sound. Love X Stereo is all about experimenting new sounds, new music and new visions.”

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Love X Stereo is a Korean electro/alternative rock band comprising of Toby (guitar), Annie (vocaland synth), and Sol (bass). Plugging away since 1998, the team originally performed as partof the sk8 punk outfit known as Skrew Attack. Although Toby was the de facto leader, so manymembers came and went, the band barely triggered a blip on the media radar. However, when Annie jumped onboard in 2005 as the new vocalist, Skrew Attack skewed toward a different creative path and gelling with GUMX drummer, Kim Eung-gyun, they unleashed their first (and last) album in 2008, Not Enough Translation.

Despite tight instrumentals and catchy melodies, the record didn’t quite garner much traction for commercial success. Shaken but not deterred, Skrew Attack proceeded to build considerable buzz in Seoul’s legendary live club district of Hongdae. But then in 2011, the drummer suddenly bolted from the band. With the trio now down to a duo, Toby and Annie struggled to figure a way to play live without a drummer. Determined to reboot, they decided to relaunch themselves by changing their band name to Love X Stereo. Ditching punk riffs for synth chords, the pair picked up bass guitarist Sol along the way and a new triple treat was formed. Thanks to their new name tag, a new look and new sound was born.

In 2012, Love X Stereo jolted music critics inside and outside of Korea with their stunning debut EP, Off the Grid, and after stellar opening performances for the American dream pop band, Asobi Seksu, and European disco duo, The KDMS, the band skyrocketed to take center stage alongside international headliners at the Jisan Rock Festival and Korean indie icons at the Zandari Festival.

In Fall of 2013, Love X Stereo released their new album worldwide and promoted it in North America at the CMJ Music Marathon (New York) and Indie Week Canada (Toronto). Also in March of 2014, the band performed at SXSW (Austin, TX) and hit four more cities, including the prestigious Webster Hall (New York) alongside with rising stars such as IAMMEDIC and Big Phony.

Love X Stereo is currently preparing for their third US tour this fall (2014).

“Love X Stereo promises two things: love, and (of course), stereo. The trio’s third EP Glow delivers all that their name implies. Over four tracks and a handful of remixes, the Seoul, Korea-based band manages to wrap the spectrum of youthful angst (including, but not limited to, loneliness, romance, and a desire for transcendence) into a candy-coated, easy to swallow pill. It’s like your mom always said—a spoon full of optimistic indie pop/rock helps the medicine go down.”
– MTV Iggy USA Love X Stereo = Delicious Electro Rock From Seoul

 


 

New Blue Death, featured in Episode 008  

Members Adam Brennan, Ethan Waddell, Alberto Alba, Adam Hickey, Tony Clavetti, Maggie Devlin

Members Adam Brennan, Ethan Waddell, Alberto Alba, Adam Hickey, Tony Clavetti, Maggie Devlin

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New Blue Death are a rock n roll band from elsewhere living in Seoul, South Korea. Their sound is dark and joyous simultaneously. The band’s influences are broad. At times you can hear flecks of early American indie rock, jittery guitars that swell into psychedelic squalls of noise, mixed with melodic pianos, organs, and layered vocals.

Their first self-titled debut record was released via Loose Union in April 2013. The nine songs from the first album range from 60s inspired pop to noise rock. There is not an “overall sound” that the band wishes to define its music, rather, each song must develop independently, separate from the others.

New Blue Death is currently in the studio working on a follow up EP “Before We’re Gone” to be released in June of 2014. The songs on Before We’re Gone reflect a more mature, somber and focused sound.

“Listening to their album you get a [wide] perspective of the effects they pull…both the guitar and keyboard melodies are interplayed    intellectually against the tight bass and rolling drums. Coating this are Adam’s deep vocals that transform the air of the album, integrating so many sounds of the post-punk and indie era.” –CHINCHA MAGAZINE


Baekma, featured in Episode 12

Baekma

Left to Right: Eilis Frawley, Stephanie Bankston, Mike McGrath, Maggie Devlin

BaekMa are a four-piece band based in Seoul. Hailing from the US, UK, Australia, and Northern Ireland, the band formed in late 2013 after a few boozy encounters on the indie dance floor.

Band influences are broad, with members playing in rock, folk and classical outfits before coming to Seoul. BaekMa’s sound lies somewhere south of Moloko and north of The Beach Boys– unapologetic indie pop.

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Kite Flying Robot, featured in Episode 013

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Kite Flying Robot’s origins began in San Francisco in 2005 as a one man live electronic/rock mashup experiment of Nikolas Thompson.  Over the years, KFR has also been based out of Oklahoma City and Seoul, Korea, and with the help of many talented friends has toured, released music videos, scored film music, released a few albums and EPs, and has lit up countless dance floors with their sinister pop anthems.

 

Nov 2014 will see the release of their 2nd official LP, “Magic and Mystery”, produced by Korean Music Award-winner BA Wheeler and famed LA-based producer Chris Fudurich (Finch, Jimmy Eat World, Britney Spears).

 

 

 

“The synth rock anthems of Kite Flying Robot may best be described as ‘Darkpop’, but the buoyant energy of the arrangements, the clever wordplay, and the romantic imagery, coupled with Thompson’s clear tenor, leave one exhilarated – hopeful – joyous – and wanting more.” -Mercury Photo

www.kiteflyingrobot.com


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Nice Legs, featured in Episode 015
Nice Legs

Nice Legs

Nice Legs is improv fuzz basement pop cute shit.  Lew sings, JJ hits sticks and Henry has a three string bass for some reason.  They have been called the “antithesis of Kanye West.”  They wrote and recorded their first EP Lullaby Land in day.  Even though they haven’t even been been a band for a year they have played more than 50 shows in Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China.  Nice Legs loves you.  Really.
 “It’s the one that will linger long after your memory is a blur of failed trysts and heated circular arguments.”
Everett True (Australia)
“Bloom of bristling melody cut loose to float in the air”
Soundscape Memoirs (UK)
“Very sweet slice of dream-pop”
“It’s pop music that instigates day dreams, of love lost and won, of adventurous far-off lands”
Goldflake Paint (Scotland)

Yukari, Featured in Episode 016
Yukari
Solo female electronic artist Yukari debuted in December 2012 with her self-produced album ECHO. This electro-pop debut release was listed by ELEPHANT-SHOE and Daum Music as Album of The Month and by THE SILENT BALET as Album of The Year. She was also NYLON Korea and MTV Iggy’s weekly Artist of The Year. In 2014 she has been performing live non stop all over Korea and ECHO was released in Japan by Japanese label PLANCHA RECORDS. With dreamy melodies and shadowy but vivid beats abounding in her recorded material as well as her live show it’s no surprise that her first live video clip got more than 25k views.

AZBus, featured in Episode 017

From L to R: 강태근, 우주, 우석제

From L to R: 강태근, 우주, 우석제

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Table People, featured in Episode 018, Episode 26, and Episode 27

From L to R: Ethan Waddell, Eric Davis, Seo-young An, Myung-shik Shim

From L to R: Ethan Waddell, Eric Davis, Seo-young An, Myung-shik Shim

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“They’re a psyched-out fuzzy stoner- rock band that sit comfortably somewhere between Velvet Underground and Pavement territory. Their combination of wall of sound vocal harmonies and blistering guitar solos backed by a driving rhythm section also owes a large debt to ‘70s post-punk.”    -Aweh.tv

Table People came together in Seoul via Craigslist, birthday parties, and late-night drinking sessions. Friends compared them to the Feelies, the Clean, and the Fall, which suited Table People just fine even though they never approach a song with such specific intentions. Table People’s only aim is to distill the first swig of a cold beer or maybe the rush of riding a bike down a steep hill.

In three years Table People have release two EPs, which were recently compiled and put online as Smooth Poodle. Five new songs were recorded in the fall of 2014 and are due to be released this winter.

In a live setting Table People fill up a room with their driving rhythm section and choral vocals, both of which are countered by razor-sharp guitar lines. They’ve been invited to play with numerous international acts like Two Gallants, Coldcave, and PS I Love You, but they’ll play anywhere as long as people are ready to stand up and embrace a wall of sound.


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OopsNice, featured in Episode 019

Poong, Maho, Jose, Choone, Yong-Joon

Poong, Maho, Jose, Choone, Yong-Joon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Language of Shapes, featured on Episode 020

Language of Shapes

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Language of Shapes formed in 2010 in South Korea via a mutual love of mandolins and lying around on Korean beaches playing Leonard Cohen covers. While strangers to the mandolin, the instrument quickly took over the lives of Englishman Tristram Burden, his Korean/Manhattenite girlfriend J.E. Seuk, and after our close friends Courtland Miles from Sacramento and Bobby Goldberg from New Jersey added their rumbling bass and drum tones, we were complete.

We’re inspired and influenced by Joseph Campbell, David Bowie, The Cure, Current 93, Joy Division, Led Zeppelin, Voodoo, Scott Walker, Paschal Beverley Randolph, The Fall, Robert Anton Wilson, Bauhaus, MGMT and Bob Dylan, Michael Moorcock, Nirvana, Velvet Underground, Wim Mertens and William S. Burroughs amongst many others.

And here are some nice things people have said and some blogs/magazines that have featured us:

“We call it delightful, badass, and necessary.”
– Dirty Hippy Radio

“The eleven track LP extends to just over the hour and every moment is time well spent. ” EmergingIndieBands

“Language of Shapes’ Mother Mountain is complex, dense, and modern without falling for any sort of modern schticks or trends. It’s a beautiful record rich in story and epic in ideas. It’s earthy, organic, honest, and damn good..” JHubner73

“[Language of Shapes] recently released their sophomore effort, Mother Mountain and the album manages to both further cement their reputation for a cinematic and broodingly Romantic sound while also subtly expanding on it.”The Joy of Violent Movement
An interview from this month – http://ventsmagazine.com/psych-fi-sci-folk-band-language-of-shapes-releases-new-single-lyric-video/
A stellar review of our latest album -http://jhubner73.com/2014/12/11/language-of-shapes-mother-mountain/

 


 

The March Kings, featured in Episode 22.

The March Kings

The March Kings

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Riot Kidz, featured in Episode 24

Riot Kidz

Riot Kidz

 

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Tierpark, featured in Episode 028

Left to Right: Nathan Greenberg, Laurent Pereira, Sehee Kim, Jonathan Jacobson

Left to Right: Nathan Greenberg, Laurent Pereira, Sehee Kim, Jonathan Jacobson

 

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Tierpark is a dreamy noise post rock band based in Korea. The group’s distinctive sound is marked by unconventional time signatures, progressive composition, and a wide range of dynamics. A unique blend of Korean lyricism and more western rock expresion, Tierpark has emerged as a prominent new voice in Seoul’s thriving independent music scene.

“This is a band worthy of a virginal sonic experience.” ~Doindie

“Tierpark sound at home in the sonic landscape they’ve carved for themselves.” – Aweh

 


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Tanemotion, featured in Episode 030.

TanEmotion

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Tanemotion is a Korean crossover band composed of six members with diverse instruments including Korean traditional ones. Tan+emotion: “Tan” is a Korean phrase similar to “play” yet primarily used when playing traditional string instruments. This name represents a musical goal of the band that they want to Tan (play) people’s emotions like ‘tanning’ (playing) the strings. Tanemotion has a great sense for creating pop music base on Korean musical traditions.


Yumi, featured in Episode 31

Yumi

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“YUMI was described as indie, but the music is different from that simple description. Her singer-songwriter style is very melodic and haunting.” ~Korean Indie

Singer-song writer Yumi released a new album, Beginning, three years after her 1st ep, Between You and Me. This is her first studio album with nine tracks she composed, wrote, played, arranged, and produced all herself.


Shirosky, featured in Episode 032.

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Shirosky debuted with the album ‘The Orbit’ in 2010. After that, she collaborated with both local (basick, inovator, mc sniper, myk, jolly v, etc.) and international musicians to produce different hip hop songs. Her albums were on the famous hip hop chart called ‘The word is bond’s‘, competing for the best album of 2012. Her songs are loved by people all around the world and many people have high expectations on her new album.

 


Dongmyo Police Box, featured in Episode 35.

Dongmyo Police Box

 

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“Although they have changed some of their members they have retained their strong and

powerful sound. Check them out live and you will see how good they are for yourselves.” – DOINDIE

“Second album ‘Dreams’ (so called because every track represents the dream of a better future) takes in

post-punk and indie-rock that’s nicely made and packs a punch.” – THE SOUND OF CONFUSION

The four-piece alternative/indie rock band based out of Seoul, South Korea, Dongmyo Police Box,started in 2011 as a three-piece outfit composed of members from three different countries: Canada,U.S.A, and Korea. After making connections via Craigslist, the band members met and quickly developed a musical synergy, which led to extensive songwriting and performances at various venues in Seoul, South Korea.


Tirikilatops, featured in Episode 036

Tirikilatops

 

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Born of a fossilized egg discovered on a Korean mountainside during a heavy thunderstorm! Tirikilatops mash up tha place with a combination of kimchi beats, offbeat lyrics of Bom Carrot’s adventures, dayglo colours, hacked keyboards, rice wine, Halloween attitudes and earworm melodies.

Tirikilatops have recently played gigs in the UK, South Korea and Japan. Also recently featured on BBC Radio Lancashire’s “best of 2015 BBC Introducing” show and received airplay on BBC Radio 1 Huw Stephens’ show.

So far, 2016 will see them playing Other Worlds Festival, Uk, Beatherder Festival, Uk, BBC Introducing live, Seoul Cafe Gallery, S Korea and more.

 

 


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Atwaters, featured in Episode 37

AtwaterAtwaters is a hip hop artist from Gainesville, Florida. He has made the transition from a battle rapper to an incredible songwriter. His astonishing stage presence has been presented to numerous stages throughout the Tampa area. Now living in South Korea, he has been gaining more attention from consistent performances and coordinating and hosting events. His performances in Hongdae, Itaewon, Daejeon, and various venues throughout Korea has gained the attention of many. He organized his own event in Daejeon known as the Massive Mic Fest which merged Korean artists and other International artists on stage. With clever concepts over infrequent beats, Atwaters is sure to bring a new ingredient to the table. His newest single “Self Portrait” had listeners reliving the 90s golden era of hip hop as he delivered a witty concept with an excellent visual.  Making hard work look effortless, Atwaters is gaining acclaim from new audiences, which is sure to spread steadily throughout the international scene.

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Seaweed Mustache, featured in Episode 038

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Seaweed Mustache is a three part indie band hailing from Busan, based on a floating guitar sound full of delay and strong adrenaline filled drums. 

The band was originally formed in the fall of 2014 and in April 2016 issued first EP, “The Whistle”.

All members contribute without any boundaries or limitations, and thus the band does not identify with a particular genre. 

Hopes to make music that lingers in listeners’ heads like the image of a long grey beard,
and have sound pressure wrap around ears like well grown seaweed.

 


 

Aseul, featured in Episode 40.

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Southway, featured in Episode 41

Photo by Marc Reubu. Left to right, Shaun and Shiun.

Photo by Marc Reubu. Left to right, Shaun and Shiun.

 

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We are an Electronic Dance Performance (EDF) duo called Southway consisting of Shaun Jason from Bristol (UK) and Shiun Kim from Seoul (South Korea). We met dancing at a club on Christmas Eve in Seoul in 2008. What we do is punk and rock’n’roll mixed with EDM. We love classic songwriting, and then fusing it with cutting-edge modern technology; machines and the sound of the future.

 


Acid Party, Featured in Episode 042

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“Loud, swirly shit.”

 


 

 

 

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