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Galaxy Express American Tour

Courtesy of Galaxy Express

Courtesy of Galaxy Express

I have some good news for our American readers, especially those in the mid-west or west, Galaxy Express is doing an American tour! They are going to have one crazy busy March! Seriously, check out their tour schedule:

*Editor’s note: the tour schedule has been updated (new venue for San Francisco & another gig on March 13)*

  • March 7 San Francisco, CA @ Broadyway Studios
  • March 9 San Angelo, TX @ The Deadhorse
  • March 10 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
  • March 11 Austin, TX @ Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
  • March 12 Austin, TX @ (5 pm) Mark McCrimmon Law Office (6th Annual Dart Music International House)
  • March 12 Austin, TX @ (12:30 am) Elysium (Official SXSW Showcase / K-Pop Night Out)
  • March 13 Austin, TX @ (3 pm) Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar (GnG Presents: West 6th St. Block Party “Louder Than Everything Else”)
  • March 13 Austin, TX @ (1 am) Easy Tiger Patio
  • March 14 Austin, TX @ (2:30 pm) The Grackle (Grackle Rock 3!)
  • March 15 Austin, TX @ (3:45 pm) Guero’s Taco Bar (Guero’s International Showcase)
  • March 16 Leander, TX @ The Carlton Ranch
  • March 17 Lufkin, TX @ The Factory
  • March 19 Hot Springs, AR @ Low Key Arts (The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival)
  • March 20 Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge
  • March 21 St. Louis, MO @ Blank Space
  • March 22 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
  • March 23 Milwaukee, WI @ Yield
  • March 24 Chicago, Il @ Township
  • March 26 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
  • March 27 Lincoln, NE @ The Zoo
  • March 28 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
  • March 29 Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe
  • March 30 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
  • March 31 Phoenix, AZ @ The Lost Leaf
  • April 3 San Diego, CA @ The Void
  • April 4 Fresno, CA @ Audie’s Olympic
  • April 5 Oakland, CA @ Eli’s Mile High Club
  • April 6 Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room
Courtesy of Galaxy Express

Courtesy of Galaxy Express

My recommendation, if you live in one of the above cities, grab your friends and go catch one of their shows. They came to Toronto for Canadian Music Week in 2011 and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch their show… I’m still kicking myself for it.

If you can’t catch them during this during the tour, I’d highly advise you to check out their new album, Galaxy Express (self-titled). While it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun as catching them live, it’s a fabulous album. I’ve been listening to it for the past couple of days as I got ready to write this article and have completely fallen in love with it. Seriously, it’s already been added to my writing playlist – an eclectic mix of music that includes NIN, New Order, Nell (hmm… wow, that’s a lot of “N” bands) among others, and now Galaxy Express.

Wait, you want to know more about Galaxy Express? You know we have you covered!

Galaxy Express is an award-winning Korean garage rock band who debuted in 2006 and has three members:  guitarist/vocalist Jonghyun Park, bassist/vocalist Juhyun Lee, and drummer Heekwon Kim. They are well-known for their explosive and energetic live performances. Don’t believe me, check out this video from last year’s SXSW.

Not only are they reportedly mind-blowing live – MTV Iggy says “With their amped energy and stage exhibitionism, they’re the best live act to come out of Korea since…well, maybe ever.” – they are super ambitious too. After two EPs in 2007 (“To the Galaxy” and “Ramble Around”), they released a double-album, “Noise on Fire”, in 2008 – winning the Best Rock Album at the 2009 Korean Music Awards. But an award-winning double album wasn’t enough, they then embarked on an epic task of creating a new album from start to finish in 30 days and so “Wild Days” was born. Apparently 30 days was enough because they won Musician of the Year at the 2011 Korean Music Awards.

No stranger to touring or music festivals, they have played in several major music festivals around the world. No joke, they’ve played in South Korea’s Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival and Jisan Valley Rock Festival, Taiwan’s Rock in Taichung, France’s Le Fete de la Musique, Hong Kong’s Music Matters, Japan’s famed Summer Sonic festival, as well as Canadian Music Week (CMW) in Canada and South by Southwest (SXSW) in the United States.

Just the facts:

Courtesy of Galaxy Express

Courtesy of Galaxy Express

Bonus: Galaxy Express Mini-Review (the self-titled album, not the band)

You knew I wasn’t going to leave you hanging… But I do want to say one thing first – this album rocks – both literally and figuratively. I love it. It’s not that their music was unfamiliar to me but I truly think this is their best album yet. Damn, I wish I was attending SXSW! Because no matter how much this album rocks – and it does – it would be so much better to see them perform the songs live. Most of the songs on the album just scream “go see me live!” So what are you waiting for… buy your tickets now.

I’m not going to do a song-by-song review but rather briefly talk about my favourites from the album. All of them are fabulous but the following songs are the ones that spoke to me.

You and I – One of my favourite songs on the album (check out the video below), this song is just so infectious.

How Does It Feel? – I seriously love this song. The vocals rock and are full of emotion but for me, this song is all about the music.

Remember the Day – While I don’t understand all the lyrics, my Korean just isn’t that good yet, this song resonates with me. It makes me want to hug someone. Fabulous song.

Always – Love, love, love this song. It’s one of the songs that I think would simply rock live.

Forever More – An epic song that leaves you craving more. For me, the incredible instrumentals totally elevate it to another level.

I wish they were coming to Toronto but for those of you in the US, go see them while you have a chance! 

**This review is from a press copy of the album. Opinions however, are my own**

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