BUSAN, South Korea — While people in this part of the world find themselves assailed on all sides by K-pop at all hours, it’s really easy to forget how alive and awesome the Korean indie music scene is. It’s especially difficult for us relegated to the relative (Korean) musical backcountry that is Busan. A lot of the independent music in Korea rarely ventures out of the dark, raucous corners of Seoul’s Hongdae neighborhood.
However, that will all change on December 23 when Idiotape, the electric stalwarts of Korea’s burgeoning indie rock scene, will take the stage at the LIG Art Hall in Busanjin. And despite the fact that its being held on a Sunday night, this is a show you absolutely don’t want to miss.
Idiotape is a rock trio that has been blowing up Seoul for quite a while, though recently they’ve received a lot of international attention. The members of Idiotape like to describe themselves as a purely rock band, but most folks would firmly pin them somewhere deep in electronica.
Idiotape’s goal artistically was to try to get at a typical hard rock feel from an electronic angle, since the process of recording live instruments tends to distort the purity of their sound. The band’s style frantically blends deep, glitchy synths with live drums and the occasional guitar.
Their melodies are simple, their beats are driving, their vocals are nonexistent and the way they crush and layer it all together is just crazy. The result is something that is spastic with rhythm, buzzing with funk and just alive with awesomeness.
People don’t like Idiotape for catchy lyrics or emotional highs or any of that nonsense. Fans of Idiotape just like them for the pure, dumb, dance-inducing explosions that all their songs build to.
Idiotape is primarily known for their bright, energetic and gleefully epileptic live performances. Along with appearing at SXSW (twice) and touring across America with a handful of Korean indie rock bands (several times), Idiotape has played just about every single major rock festival on the peninsula.
But this is the first time in a long time that they’ve actually hit up Busan. They’ll be lighting up the LIG Art Hall near the Beomil Subway station.
Coming along for the ride will be kind-of-not-really popular rockers Galaxy Express. Like Idiotape, Galaxy Express is a three-member rock band operating out of Seoul. Unlike Idiotape, Galaxy express replaces any and all electronic instruments with just good âol guitars. The results aren’t as spectacular, but these guys still look like they can have a good time, as will you.
The concert is at the LIG Art Hall on Sunday December 23 at 8pm.
Tickets are on sale now for 20,000 won at Interpark or you can also buy tickets at the door.
Getting to the LIG Art Hall is somewhat complicated. The safest route is by going out of Beomil Subway station, Exit 8. Go straight for a while (past Busan Bank) and take a left after the parkland building. The LIG will be on your right at a corner. (Map here)
Visit Idiotape at their website: www.idiotape.com
Photos courtesy of idiotape.com