As part of their cross-country November tour in support of their “Walking on Empty” full-length album, award-winning Seoul garage rock trio Galaxy Express will be performing in Busan on Saturday, November 28 at Club Realize.
Formed in 2006 and winners of “Best Rock Album” at the 2009 Korean Music Awards and “Musician of the Year” at the 2011 Korean Music Awards, Galaxy Express have toured pretty extensively overseas gigging in the US, Canada, England, Wales, Russia, France, Japan, China, and Taiwan. But for now their focus is solely on Korea. While a large number of Seoul-based indie acts tend to seldom play in other cities, Galaxy Express believe it’s important to play all around the country in order to share their music with new listeners.
“Indie music fans in Seoul know us, but in other areas of the country they don’t know us,” says drummer Kim Heekwon. “But I think they will like us when they see us play. And playing in more and more places can help Korea’s rock scene to grow. Earlier this month we did a show in Gangwon-do and the audience was fantastic. We got so much energy, strength, and inspiration from them. We hope more bands will visit many different cities in Korea and feel the same great feelings we’ve had on this tour.”
Galaxy Express have played in Busan several times in the past and were last in the city in August for an appearance at the Busan International Rock Festival. According to Kim, the act always have a lot of fun whenever they visit Busan and are excited about returning to the city this weekend.
“We love Busan because of the beach and dwaeji gukbap,” says Kim. “Busan people get really excited at concerts. Music fans there are really cool people and are quick to react to music they like. We have so many good memories from our previous concerts in Busan.”
And what can people except from the band’s upcoming show at Club Realize?
“We’re going to play hard and with a lot of energy and passion,” says Kim. “It’s going to be loud, sweaty, and a lot of fun. We hope people come out and party with us!”
Released in August, “Walking on Empty” is Galaxy Express’ fourth full-length effort. The album was produced by Lee Sungmoon and British engineer Adrian Hall flew to Korea to join the group in the studio as well. Hall’s credits include work with Black Eyed Peas, Depeche Mode, Ray Davies, and many other musical greats. After recording was finished, “Walking on Empty” was mastered at England’s iconic Abbey Road Studios.
“This was our first time working with others on an album,” shares Kim. “We talked a lot together and with our fantastic producer and engineer and learned many things while making this album. We’re really happy with how it turned out. We wanted ‘Walking on Empty’ to be more polished and have a bit more of a relaxed sound than our past records so it’s definitely different from our earlier output. But we think it’s important to change and evolve as artists. The feedback we’ve had about the album has been really positive. Please check it out for yourself! The album is filled with well-written and well-produced songs. I’m sure you’ll like what you hear.”
Saturday’s show at Club Realize starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are 20,000 won at the door. Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio and Stoned also appear on the bill. For more information, visit Club Realize’s Facebook page or Galaxy Express’ Facebook page.
Article by Maia Oliver
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