Category: Punk Rock


Today’s post is Part Three of the three part Goldenweek Tour preview. On Wednesday I covered all-female Japanese Punk/Garage Rock band Otoboke Beaver and yesterday it was the turn of tour mates Sue Say Me a South Korean Indie-Rock band. This final part is about South Korean Skate Punk band Drinking Boys and Girls Choir (DBGC).

Drinking Boys and Girls Choir (DBGC) is a three-piece punk band from Daegu, a conservative city in southeastern South Korea. The band name reflects their love of drinking, their youthful appearance, the fact all members participate in singing, and their gender inclusiveness. They cite the Japanese bands Hi-Standard and Dustbox as influences. In 2013 they played at the Ulleungdo Dokdo Rock Festival, and in 2018 they played Big Day South festival in Busan.

Bae Meena (bass & vocals) and Kim Myeong-jin (drums and vocals) got to know each other through the music scene while both were playing in bands. In 2009, they formed a girl punk band called Chicken and Mayo ABC and moved up to Seoul, but both eventually returned to Daegu.

Drinking Boys and Girls Choir are a skate-punk trio from Daegu City, Korea. Formed in 2013 when two drummers MJ and Meena shared a rehearsal space, and decided to form a band. Meena switched to Bass and guitarist Bondu (who had just finished his military service) answered their ad. They bonded over a shared love of drinking, skating and punk.

Inspired by Sum41, NOFX and Daegu’s 90s-00s hardcore punk/indie-rock scene before it moved to Seoul, the band are very passionate about not moving to the capital and nurturing a sustainable local scene.

The recording of Keep Drinking!! started in 2017, but MJ suffered a motobike crash, so the band took a hiatus while awaiting her recovery. When she was fit again, they DIY produced this 18 track debut album, which follows their 2015 EP ‘We are’.

The band signed to Damnably Records and Electric Muse in the summer of 2018 to release debut album “Keep Drinking!!” on digital/CD & vinyl.

Like Sue Say Me I don’t like Drinking Boys and Girls Choir as much as Otoboke Beaver but they are closer to the music I like and are skilled musicians. My only criticism of their musicianship is that they tend to use the same drum patterns on a lot of their songs and this does get overly repetitive. But just like their touring mates they are a band that has been around for a number of years and are a tight and well drilled outfit. They also have the least recorded output of all the bands so there is a still a lot of potential for development of their sound. I would definitely recommend this band to anyone looking for a fun Punk band to mosh and sing along too.

Check out Drinking Boys and Girls Choir music and the Goldenweek Tour Spotify playlist below. 

Let me know what you think of Drinking Boys and Girls Choir in the Comments.  

 

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Otoboke Beaver are an all-female punk/garage rock quartet from Kyoto, Japan, they formed back in 2009 at Kyoto University’s music club they took their name from a local ‘Love Hotel’ and began to hone their intense brand of fast and hard hitting music. Tthe band consists of Accorinrin (Lead Vocal & Guitar), Yoyoyoshie (Guitar & Vocals), Hiro-chan (Bass & Vocals) and Kahokiss (Drums & Vocals). While the band has been together for 10 years they only started to receive attention outside of Japan in 2016 as English label Damnably put out the compilation “Okoshiyasu Otoboke Beaver”. The collection gathered together singles, their debut album “Mokugeki”, and the mini-album “Konya Kagiri Nante Zettai Honto Ni Iwasenai!” That same year they also released the “Bakuro Book EP”. They gathered yet more attention in 2017 due to both attention from Pitchfork, NPR.i-D and The Fader plus festival performances at Fuji Rock Festival, SXSW and a gig at legendary punk venue the 100 Club in London. For Record Store Day they released the ‘Love Is Short’ 7″ which stayed in the UK charts for four weeks. 2018 saw the band cram three UK dates in between slots at Coachella Music Festival that April. The tour was entitled ‘ATTYUUMA’ (Blink Of An Eye) with further coverage in Pitchfork, Billboard, Stereogum and more.

That brings us to 2019 when the band will return to SXSW and Coachella and then tour the UK on the GOLDENWEEK 2019 Tour (tickets for this tour are selling fast so get in there while you can) with Say Sue Me (South Korea) and Drinking Girls and Boys Choir (South Korea). The band’s new album “ITEKOMA HITS” is released on Black/Orange Splatter 12″ Vinyl, CD and Digital on 26th April. There is also an exclusive Picture Disc version is also available for Damnably Label Subscribers only (limited to 100).

The album features 6 new tracks recorded in 2018 and a re-recording of ‘Akimahenka and After making love with me’, ‘You eat your wife’s meal’ with Kaho Kiss drumming.
The other tracks are from the recent “Love Is Short” and “Bakuro Book” EP’s.

So you’ve learnt the history of Okoboke Beaver and the exciting things they have in the pipe line so now it’s time to let you know about the music. I have listened to everything the band has put out and I have to say that it’s only due to a lack of exposure that aren’t better known and consider one of the top current Punk/garage rock bands up their with Idles, The Hives, Ty Segal etc. The band are able to switch from brooding twangy epic riffs to ferocious high speed intensity between tunes and they cover all the ground in between. They have definitely improved over their decade together and their musicianship is always clearly on display. Put simply you need Otoboke Beaver in your life!!!

Check out Otoboke Beaver’s new single and Damnably Records Goldenweek Spotify playlist below. Come back tomorrow the 2nd part of this preview on Say Sue Me.

Let me know what you think of the band in the Comments.

 


 

 

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