"Bringing Korean Rock to America With @officialnobrain"
While South Korean pop acts are finding increasing fame in the United States, Korean rock bands are barely making a blip with American audiences. And, according to punk quartet No Brain (@officialnobrain), it’s a tough sell even in their home country.( Read more...Collapse )
And now, thanks to a big break in the American market, No Brain––so named because they aim to rock so hard that their audiences are left without brains––are about to unleash their first English-language EP.
Their stroke of good fortune happened in Toronto during Canadian Music Week in 2013, when they performed for a crowd that included Seymour Stein, the Sire Records co-founder who signed the Ramones, Talking Heads and Madonna, among many others. He was so excited about their show that he vowed to see them when they came to Brooklyn in 2013 as part of the Seoulsonic tour, an annual trek that spotlights some of South Korea’s best acts. The gig started two hours late and the septuagenarian Stein actually dozed off but woke up when No Brain kicked off their set. He signed them to a deal and hooked them up with Grammy-winning producer Julian Raymond to work on the album at Nashville’s acclaimed Blackbird Studio.( Read more...Collapse )
Even when singing in their native language, No Brain’s infectious energy and self-deprecation keep winning over American fans, who are apparently less rowdy than their Korean counterparts. “The Korean audience, they’re ready to party,” says Dolly. “They’re so ready to get crazy and whenever we start playing music, they go nuts. They party like it’s the last day of the Earth. The Americans are kind of chilled out and relaxed, but they know how to enjoy the music.” Adds Howon, “The American audiences like to buy us drinks after the show, where in Korea, they get drunk themselves.”
–– Dan Reilly for Instagram @music
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Source: instagram blog, nobrain instagramI need a release date, stat.