All Hail Shirtless Rock 'n Roll!
At this year’s SXSW, Korean punk rockers Galaxy Express powered through their set so hard that they literally blew a fuse. Luckily, the tech just pulled the circuit breakers, turned them back on again, and the band never let up its tsunami-gale performance.
Of the wave of Korean indie bands that took SXSW by storm this year, Galaxy Express are the truest rockers: the most ass-kicking, dog-whistle-shrieking, tearing-their-shirts-off of the lot. With their shaggy hair and motorcycle jackets, they are the Ramones, if the Ramones knew how to tear up some karaoke (check out their no-holds barred noraebang performance of single “Jungle the Black”). Soundwise, their songs are a guitar feedback riot with vocal harmonies between guitarist Park JongHyun and bassist Lee JuHyun punctuating their snarling. In sum, Galaxy Express is a feel good (I mean, feel bad), jump-up-and-down-and-shriek-til-you-drop sort of band.
Even though they’re animals onstage, they’re not kidding around with their music. Their first album Noise On fire, was a 26-track double CD that won Album of the Year at the 2009 Korean Music Awards. In 2010, they dumped their label and at the same time wrote and released an album in 30 days. Now represented by independent management collective KSFB, they’re still on fire – last year’s Wild Days was nominated for 2011 Album of the Year.
With their amped emergy and stage exhibitionism, they’re the best live act to come out of Korea since…well, maybe ever.
Check out their video for Wild Days
Photo Courtesy of Galaxy Express