Interview: Tierpark

Image courtesy of Tierpark
Image courtesy of Tierpark

A while back I was contacted by Tierpark about their new album, “The Moment Two Worlds Meet” and after a quick listen or two, I knew I wanted to interview them. Luckily, they were also happy to answer a few questions via email so I can not only tell you my thoughts on their music but you can find out more about them in their own words.

My Mini-Review

The first song on the album, ‘Color Theft (보호색)’, grabbed my attention and basically set me up to like the album. Of course, there are songs I like better than others but I quite enjoyed “The Moment Two Worlds Meet” and would recommend you give it a listen, especially if you like a kind of dreamy alt-rock or post-rock.

For me, it’s the kind of album I like to listen to while writing as the songs have a creative, dreamy vibe to them that inspires me so it was quickly added to my ever-expanding ‘writing’ playlist. Other than ‘Color Theft (보호색)’, which I’ve already spoke of, I found myself drawn to the instrumentals on ‘Bullfight’ and ‘Cyclical Unemployment’; and compelled to listen to ‘Shadow Play (그림자림그)’ and ‘Clocktower’ over and over again.

Give “The Moment Two Worlds Meet” a listen and let me know which songs speak to you the most!

Tierpark at DGBD | Image courtesy of Tierpark
Tierpark at DGBD | Image courtesy of Tierpark

The Interview

Hi there, can you please introduce yourselves and your band, Tierpark, to our readers.

Greetings and Salutations!  We are Tierpark, a four-piece experimental post-rock band out of Seoul, South Korea.  (Sehee Kim; vox and guitar, Jonathan Jacobson; guitar, Nathan Greenberg; bass, Laurent Pereira; drums)

What made you form Tierpark? When did you do it?

Tierpark was birthed from the ashes of another Seoul band Kohji Isle back in 2012, when its leader decided to pursue a career in ice sculpting.  We added a singer and thus Tierpark was born.

You just released a new album, The Moment Two Worlds Meet, can you tell us a little about it and the inspiration behind it?

A common theme throughout the album is relationships.  Relationships between people, genres, artistic fields, and the interconnections between them.  The song Pluto describes a relationship between two objects orbiting in and out of phase.  They both move independently, but every so often they come in sync with one another for a brief moment.  The music itself reflects this concept in the final half of the song, when the guitars themselves play in and out of phase with one another.

As a writer, I’m always curious about album titles. What’s the meaning/inspiration behind the title of your new album, The Moment Two Worlds Meet?

The title itself came from the cover painting.  We were scouting for possible album images when Sehee came across this local Seoul painter, Sejun Lee.  His surrealist painting style really appealed to us and as soon as we saw this image we knew we had to have it.  It just so happened the title of his piece was The Moment Two Worlds Meet (두 세계가 만나는 순간), which fit perfectly.  We contacted him and proposed using the work and he was all about it.

Album Cover by Lee Sejun | Image courtesy of Tierpark
Album Cover by Lee Sejun | Image courtesy of Tierpark

How would you describe your music?

We reside within the realm of post-rock however we don’t like to describe ourselves as post-rock.  We’re big fans of alternative time signatures and rhythms, but we try to avoid being overtly “mathy”.  Our sound is the culmination of our various backgrounds:  classical, jazz, rock, singer-songwriter.

If someone wasn’t familiar with Tierpark, what song would you recommend they listen to first?

Color Theft is probably the most “radio friendly” song we have.  Starts with a bang, ends with a bang.

Speaking of your songs, what’s your favourite song to play live (and why)?

Over the years we’ve become more in tune with each other as players and have solidified our sound as a band.  Shadow Play best exemplifies what we’re capable of as a band.  It’s simultaneously delicate, powerful, aggressive, and just silly.  And it’s damn fun to play live.  In an image, it’s Peter Pan fighting his own shadow.

Who or what influences your music and songwriting? Has your musical influences changed over the years you’ve been together?

We write a lot about experience, though it might not seem like it.  There is a narrative in our music.  It’s abstract and shrouded in metaphor, but it’s there.  When we first started in 2012 a few of our members were going through difficult breakups so the music had a distinctly darker feel.  We’re certainly much lighter now.  If anything, we’ve become more comfortable and in tune with one another as musicians, and I think our music now reflects that.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

We’re already back to writing.  We’ve had a good year sitting on the songs with this album, so we’re excited for new material.

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

If anyone out there has a lot of money and would like to fund a world tour for us, we would love you to tears.  Cheers for tears.

Just the facts – Social media edition

You can find Tierpark on the following social media and music sites so be sure to check them out!

Huge thanks to Tierpark for taking the time to answer our questions!

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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