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Indie bands apear at KCCUK, the Windmill Brixton and Liverpool Sound City

Dead Buttons and Patients – who came to the UK last year – plus Third Stone will be performing at a rock showcase at the KCCUK on 19 May. All three bands will also be appearing at Liverpool Sound City Cavern Stage on 24 May along with Jambinai and Monoban. One day, surely, Jambinai will come to London.

Dead Buttons also has an extra date in the calendar: 20 May at 8pm at the Windmill, Brixton (other bands tbc)

K-Indie Rock Showcase

19 May | 6pm – 10pm | Korean Cultural Centre UK
RSVP to [email protected]

This summer the Korean Cultural Centre UK welcomes three K-Indie bands for a night of music as part of their 2015 UK tour. Third Stone, Dead Buttons and Patients will also perform at the Liverpool Sound City Music Festival 2015, which has grown into one of the UK’s most vibrant and well-respected cultural events.

Third Stone

Members: Sang-do Park (Vocals/Guitar) Doo soo Hahn (Bass) Seongyong Ahn (Drums)

Third Stone

Third Stone released their eponymous debut album in 2007. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix, the group are building awareness and recognition for Korea’s new wave of psychedelic rock. After their first album, they took on a blues feel and this could be heard on their 2009 effort Tm Not a Blues Man1. The band’s third album, lPsychemoon, was subsequently nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2014 Korean Music Awards showing that more and more people are appreciating Third Stone’s efforts to share their pure sound and real soul.
2014 Korean Music Awards : Best Rock Album Nominee 2013 Naver: Album of the Week PSYCHEMOON

Dead Buttons

Members: Ji-Hyun Hong (Guitar/Vocals) Kang-Hee Lee (Drum/Vocals)

Dead Buttons

Dead Buttons originally formed as a trio in the autumn of 2012, however within a year Hong and Lee had parted ways with their bassist and started afresh. With a new repertoire based around a two-piece set up they issued their first EP in February 2014, entitled Whoever You Are. This five-track effort was recorded over the course of just five hours. Where the band’s early material had more of a garage punk feel, Whoever You Are boasts a wider sonic palette mixing garage rock, blues, country, punk, and psychedelica to create an infectious sampler that showcases the pair’s fast rising potential.

Patients (페이션츠)

Members: Sumin Jo (Bass) Hyuckjang Kwon (Keyboards) Jaehyuk Lee (Drums)


Patients, have been referred to as ‘hybrid punk’ and if there is any question as to what hybrid punk entails it becomes instantly apparent when one hears them play. With a blend of sounds the trio embody all that is punk, even without a guitarist. The elaborate elements that may have been the forte of the punk guitarist here see themselves presented equally. The punk comes accented with the experimental electronic tones of new wave and the undeniable addictive nature of pop. Just as punk should, their lyrics include easy to pick up hooks that you’ll remember long after they’ve stopped playing.

Other bands performing at Liverpool Sound City

The Cavern Stage, 24 May


Seoul indie trio Monoban formed in late 2012 when singer songwriter Dayone Jang teamed with metal drummer Jifan Ly and classical cellist George Durham. Despite disparate musical backgrounds, through street busking and club performances, Monoban developed their own unique high energy folk sound, featuring layers of cello and vocals, finger picked guitar and thumping percussion.

2014 marked the release of Monoban’s first EP, “Ghostship.” They subsequently performed on Korean national television and national radio, at the Jarasum and Paju folk festivals, and frequent shows in the vibrant Hongdae club scene in Seoul.

Monoban’s debut full length album is released in March 2015



“Bringing together hard-hitting electric guitars and drums with traditional Korean instruments, Jambinai yields ferocious sonic landscapes that are equally unsettling and uplifting. The three instruments – known as piri, geomung, and haegeum – channel traditional Korean music as well as western post rock. All that said, the sounds on Jambinai’s 2012 album, Differance go beyond those influences.” –

“This band plays a fascinating, entirely original brand of post-rock music through the use of various traditional Korean instruments. This is the kind of music that is a breath of fresh air for someone who loves post-rock, but is tired of the lack of progression the genre seems to be plagued by.” – Sputnikmusic.

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