SEOULfi sat down with Juck Juck Grunzie, a psychedelic noise-rock band from Seoul, South Korea just ahead of their upcoming European tour.
Originally formed as an all-girl post-punk outfit, the quartet made their debut in Seoul’s underground scene in 2007 at a Nirvana tribute show. Playing a cover of “Hairspray Queen” in nothing but their underwear, Juck Juck Grunzie quickly attracted attention in the alternative scene in traditionally conservative South Korea. Over the next three years, the band made a name for themselves by performing abrasive post-punk and noise rock songs while dressed in everything from soccer uniforms to pyjamas. After the addition of bassist Hyojeong Shim, in May 2011 the band recorded their first EP, “Soundchecking.” The EP was recorded in one take at a live indie club in Seoul.
Marrying irregular rhythms and chaotic soundscapes, the group explores the boundaries between dreams and nightmares to create something dark, mysterious, and hauntingly beautiful.
In 2012, the band performed at the Jisan Valley Rock Festival, one of South Korea’s largest music festivals. Later that year, the band took second place at the Hello Rookie finals, an annual music competition aired nationwide to highlight South Korea’s best up-and-coming bands. In April 2013, the act embarked on their first international tour, traveling to Taiwan to play at the Spring Scream Festival. And that summer they also appeared at Seoul’s large-scale City Break Festival. In June 2015, Juck Juck Grunzie will tour in Europe for the first time. Included in their itinerary will be a stop at the world-renowned Glastonbury Festival.
• 2013 “Psycho”
• 2011 “Soundchecking” (EP)
- Ahreum Lee – Vocals and synthesizer
- Jeehye Ham – Guitar
- Hyojeong Shim – Bass
- Kyunghyun Lee – Drums