Four on the Floor: Bands with Seoul (Part Two)

Written by Rory Burbeck | December 5, 2013

Here’s part two of our South Korea-focused edition of Four on the Floor. After you preview these SXSW 2014 bands originating from Seoul, we’re confident that you will make time for all four at SXSW in March! Part Two of Bands with Seoul features a good variety of sounds, from rock to electronic and more.

IDIOTAPE

Seoul's Idiotape have been making waves internationally with their live mix of analog synthesizers and bombastic drumming. It's hard not to imagine a sea of people dancing to their forward-leaning energetic live electronic/EDM.
RIYL: Cut Copy, Daft Punk, Chromeo

SXSW 2014 Band Idiotape

NO BRAIN

Punk band and SXSW alumni act No Brain's rock anthems are as rowdy as they are hooky. The band made headlines in Korea a few months back when Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein (Madonna, The Pretenders, Talking Heads, The Smiths) announced that he was signing the band.
RIYL: Andrew WK, AC/DC, The Clash

SXSW 2014 Band No Brain

BIG PHONY

Do you have an Elliott Smith-shaped hole in your life? Look no further than Big Phony, the heartbreakingly hushed project of singer-songwriter Bobby Choy. You may recognize Choy (or you would if he didn't have a bag over his head) as one of the stars of the popular Ktown Cowboys web series, which is currently being made into a feature-length movie with executive producer and The Hangover/Community star Ken Jeong. Expect a new Big Phony record this spring.
RIYL: Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie

SXSW 2014 Artist Big Phony

ROCK N' ROLL RADIO

This band doesn’t sound exactly like their name. Rock N’ Roll Radio plays groovy rock music with layered instruments that combine to create a sound that makes you want to dance. The band just released their first full-length album, Shup Up & Dance, earlier this fall and will be playing at their first SXSW in March.
RIYL: Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club, Foals

SXSW 2014 Band Rock N' Roll Radio

Keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.

Check out Four on the Floor: Bands with Seoul (Part One) here.

Photo credits:
Idiotape photo courtesy of the artist
No Brain photo by Pomme Lee
Big Phony photo courtesy of the artist
Rock N' Roll Radio photo courtesy of the artist