For people interested in Korean music but looking for something a little different from your usual K-pop or K-HipHop, the Korean Indie scene is possibly one of the best places to look. Seoul has a lot to offer for music fans, but one group that seems to be making leaps and bounds in the Western music market is the psychedelic noise rock quartet “Juck Juck Grunzie“.
Originally, Juck Juck Grunzie was formed as an all-female band back in 2007, but along the lines things got mixed up and male drummer Kyung Hyun Lee joined vocalist and synth player Ah-Reum Lee, guitarist Jee-Hye Ham and bassist Hyojeong Shim. Capturing the attention of many within Seoul’s indie scene by wearing only lingerie for their first performance, the group came second place at the 2012’s Hello Rookie finals in Korea. In November 2013, the group to released their first full-length album, “Psycho”, which brought them worldwide success, highlighting their progression from post-punk roots into noisier and more psychedelic sonic terrains. In the summer of 2014, the band was featured as one of the central subjects of Van’s “Off the Wall” documentary series about South Korea’s indie scene and captured the attention of the British Glastonbury Festival organizers.
Juck Juck Grunzie’s music can only be described as marrying irregular rhythms with chaotic soundscapes, where the sounds explore the boundaries between dreams and nightmares to create something dark, mysterious, and hauntingly beautiful. Several major outlets have praised their work. Said MTV Iggy: “This is a band that I’ve hoped and prayed would some day exist — four (now three with the addition of a guy drummer, but still) bitches in fishnets and leather jackets who birth Le Tigre post-punk fed through a Nirvana machine.” Meanwhile, Asian music leaders Daum Music described their music as, “Noise rock that is both dreamy and limitless. Mixing genres (Juck Juck Grunzie) has created music that is at once improvisational, creative, and unique.”
The band with be gracing Europe with a tour that will start at the biggest live music events in the UK, including Glastonbury Festival on June 25th. The tour will end in Berlin on July 3rd. Below are a list of places to grab a chance of seeing the band perform live, and if their previous live performances in Korea are anything is to go by, you can expect exciting shows featuring pajamas, footballs and lingerie.
Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Festival (Pussy Parlure)
Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Festival (Gully Outernational)
London, UK @ Windmill Brixton
Berlin, Germany @ Kantine am Berghain
Berlin, Germany @ Trixster
If you don’t get the chance to see them live, be sure to follow Juck Juck Grunzie on Facebook and Twitter, or check out some more of their songs on Soundcloud. “Concrete Jungle” and “Meth-Od” are particularly recommended – be prepared for something a little out of the ordinary!