Band of the Week: Seoulmoon
Welcome back to another Band of the Week. This week, we are happy to introduce our first girl band, Seoulmoon! Having met at university, the girls formed a friendship with their first show in January 2016. Each member is also a part of another band with Shin Hyemi (drums) a part of Champions, Kim Hyemi (vocals and guitar) a part of 24Hours, and Lee Luli (bass) a part of Bye Bye Badman. They’re known for their optimistic and upbeat indie style with shameless, in-your-face girl power. Inspired by both American punk rock and classical music, the band writes, promotes, arranges, and produces their own material.
Imagine that it’s 1986, and you’re walking down the streets of Seoul in the late summer night. Now listen to Seoulmoon’s “Mystery Girl Club,” and the image will come alive. Their homage to ‘80s indie rock is ever-present in many of their songs as well as their laissez-faire guitar leads in songs such as “Pineapple” and “Aqua.” Chill yet filled with positivity, these women offer a new kind of spunk to Korean rock. Their go-lucky vibes attract audiences from around the world, allowing them to be free spirits on and off the stage.
Their two newest songs, “Coconut Love” and “Lucky Lucky,” have their signature happy virus sound but with an ambient background much like that of early ‘90s pop rock. Their latest music video for “Coconut Love” is animated in 8-bit style, almost like early arcade games in the ‘80s. It features three curvaceous women of three different skin types presumed to be Asian, African, and European, but all three have unnaturally colored haired. With pop colors that even Andy Warhol would envy, the music video takes you on a hypnotic journey filled with water slides and fireworks.
Though they have yet to release a music video for “Lucky Lucky,” you can find the song on iTunes or on KKBOX. The song will take you to one of your most happy memories as the beat carries its up-tempo rhythm followed by the guitar and bass with a melodic ease to make anyone feel good. Though there is no official website, you can follow them on Instagram and Twitter at _seoulmoon_, and when you click the video above, make sure to subscribe to their channel. If you’re a lover of summer and are missing it already, you’ll love these two latest tracks.