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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. 

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Today’s post is Part Two of the three part Goldenweek Tour preview. Yesterday I covered all-female Japanese Punk/Garage Rock band Otoboke Beaver and today’s it’s the turn of tour mates Sue Say Me a South Korean Indie-Rock band. 

Childhood friends Byung-kyu (guitar), Jae-young (bass), and Se-min (drums) met Su-mi (vocals) at a tea shop in the Nampo-dong neighborhood of Busan in 2012. The three liked Su-mi’s speaking voice and immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in their new band that would become Say Sue Me.

Say Sue Me released their debut album, “We’ve Sobered Up” in 2014 followed by their first EP, “Big Summer Night” in 2015.

In 2016, drummer Se-min fell into a semi-comatose state after rupturing his skull. Say Sue Me fans, as well as other indie bands from Busan raised over 13 million Won (South Korean currency) in one day to help pay for his medical bills.

The band brought on new drummer Chang-won to temporarily replace Se-min and named their 2017 EP, the Record Store Day release, “Semin” after the injured drummer.That year, the band also released a self-titled compilation album on UK record label Damnably.

In 2018, Say Sue Me release their second album “Where We Were Together”, followed a week later by the Record Store Day EP “It’s Just a Short Walk!”, which includes covers of songs by Blondie, the Ramones, the Velvet Underground, and the Beach Boys. That year, the band performed at SXSW, marking their first performance in the United States and toured the UK and Europe. At the end of the year, the band released the holiday EP, “Christmas, It’s Not a Biggie”.

Say Sue Me’s musical style has been described as surf rock or “surfgaze.” The band has said that their surf rock sound was not intentional, but was likely influenced by their seaside hometown Busan and their practice room’s proximity to the beach. You can also definitely hear a big Dream-Pop influence on their sound.

Of the three bands on the Goldenweek Tour Sue Say Me are least favourite. I’m not really a fan of Dream-Pop, surf music or jangly Indie-Rock. However, their best such as ‘After Falling Asleep’, ‘To Be Wise’, the trashy almost Velvet Underground-y ‘Beginning to See the Light’ and I also like the darker ‘Spy On Motorbike!”. I can also appreciate the band’s musical skill and I believe that fans of the genres the band fits into will love them.

You can check Sue Say Me’s music and the Goldenweek Tour Spotify playlist below.

Comment below with what you think of Sue Say Me.


Late last year a single called ‘Yesterday’ by an Artist called Connie Constance popped up in a Spotify Release Radar playlist and I liked it and was intrigued by it. My first thought was that I couldn’t place what music might have influenced this combination of Synths and Soul. This week listening to Constance’s debut album “English Rose” it hit that it was Stevie Wonder that was the Artist ‘Yesterday’ was indirectly referencing. It’s this that really sums up Constance and her music, she’s really hard to pin down and reading her Artist bio it starts to make sense this is a person whose never fit in. Constance grew up in Watford a suburb of North London and pretty leafy, white middle class one at that. She stuck as a young mixed girl surrounded by white people.

This is a theme that continues throughout the album with neither Constance’s voice, lyrics nor the music styles and elements she’s using fitting nicely into easy categorization. Her voice can easily be compared to Otis Redding, Ari Up from The Slits and Bjork (though she doesn’t push her voice as far as a young Bjork did) and the music ranges from Neo Soul ballads to Indie Rock stomp via nods to contemporary dance music. Another helpfully reference point is Amy Winehouse due the F-Bombs, bitter songs about exes, unashamed use of her London accent and the fact that across the album she can sound both young and wise beyond her years. All-in-all though Connie Constance is Connie Constance a square peg in a round hole. Check out “English Rose” below and let me know what you think if the Comments below:

 

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