Interview with Korean band, 57 before they embark on their European tour

We caught up with the Korean rock duo, 57 (pronounced “oh-chill” in Korean), before they left on their upcoming European tour (it starts May 11th). Keep reading for what they had to say. They are one of the bands who are on my “I really want to see live” list as I love their sound and I’ve heard great things about their performances so catch one of their shows if you can! (Details on their tour below.) I hope they come to Canada one day!

The Interview with 57

Hi there, can you please introduce yourselves to our readers?

Jun: Hello, My name is Jun, I play guitar and sing in 57.

Snow: Hi, everyone! My name is Seol Kim. My nickname is Snow. I play the drums and I sometimes sing as well. We are band 57, a two-piece rock band from South Korea. Nice to e-meet you all!

How did you come up with your band name, 57?

Jun: When we started band we added our combined ages together and got 57. We should probably change our name now, we have gotten older!

Can you tell us a little about your creative process? How do you write new songs?

Jun: Sometimes when just sitting around thinking on nothing in particular, memories of times gone by seem to surface naturally. Sometimes those memories are of special people or situations. From there I come up with lyrics or melodies which later we use to make our songs. Sometimes, it is really fast, almost instantaneous. But other times it takes weeks or even months to get everything down.

If someone was new to your music, which song would you recommend to them? Why?

Snow: I would recommend they listen to “Making Fire”. It’s our most recent release and I think it really reflects our style of music. You can check us out on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud etc.

How would you describe your music?

Jun: Rough, uncut and boiling.

Snow: Flowing, sometimes exploding. Like seething lava.

Image courtesy of 57

Okay, let’s talk about your upcoming tour to the UK and Europe, what should people expect from your shows?

Jun: Have you ever seen seething lava? That’s what you should expect. Something full of energy, boiling hot and ready to explode. I can’t wait to share our energy with everyone.

Snow: Even though we speak a different language than everyone in Europe I think it doesn’t matter. You will still be able to feed off our energy and passion. Our music will help you go through lots of different emotions like sadness, joy, anger, passion, etc. while we play.  

I know you played some shows in the UK last year but what are you looking forward to doing or seeing during your upcoming European tour?

Jun: I think the experience of the tour itself will really help us grow and develop as a band. I am looking forward to making new friends, taking a nap in the park, eating new foods and perhaps hitting up a nude beach (if the British weather keeps at bay). I’m looking forward to everything really.

Snow: That’s right, whenever we go somewhere new and experience something for the first time it has a really positive effect on us personally and our music as well. When we first moved into Seoul from our hometown of Jeonju, we met a lot of people and our music grew as a result. So, I believe that when we go to Europe, our music will continue to grow. This time we are visiting some other countries in Europe as well. It will be our first time in France, Germany and Poland. So I’m really excited to go there and experience something completely different.

Has anything unusual ever happened while you were on stage? Any funny story?

Jun: Sometimes Snow hits the drums so hard they break! The first time that happened, I was a little embarrassed… but now I love it! She is like the destroyer~!! I was electrocuted once through the microphone during a show. Electricity flowed to my arms and I felt very strange, my arm felt like it had a mind of its own, it was moving like a live fish!

Snow: Yes, Drums have moved to the point where my feet could not reach, and I finished my performance by stretching my feet all the way to the best of my ability.

Do you have any new music coming out in 2017?

Jun: Yes. After the tour, we will release our first full-length album. We have some demo tracks recorded for it, and they sound pretty good. But as soon as we get back from the tour we will be working on that and getting the tracks down. We can’t wait to get our new music to everyone.

Final question, what are your plans after your upcoming European tour?

Snow: I think I will just sleep a lot! The tour is gonna be a real energy sapping tour. We have 23 shows all over Europe. I will probably sleep a lot on tour as well, but there is always time for more sleeping! We will go back into our practice room cave as well to make some new songs inspired by the experiences of the tour. Once the new album is out we will do a Korean tour, perhaps some shows in Asia and then start planning for a return to Europe in 2018!

Image courtesy of 57

Tour Dates

They’ve got a 20+ show European tour starting soon that you won’t want to miss if you’re in the UK, France, Germany or Poland.

  • May 11 : Undegun (Focus Wales), Wrexham (UK)
  • May 12 : ROC2 Studios (Focus Wales), Wrexham (UK)
  • May 13 : The Pot – Rhyl (UK)
  • May 15 : Prince Albert – Brighton (UK)
  • May 17 : Dublin Castle – London (UK)
  • May 18 : 81 Renshaw, Liverpool (UK)
  • May 19 : Stramash – Edinburgh (UK)
  • May 20 : The Telegraph – Newcastle (UK)
  • May 21 : Westgarth Social Club – Middlesbrough (UK)
  • May 26 : Asylum – Chelmsford (UK)
  • May 27 : Manhattan 34 (TDM Festival) – Leicester (UK)
  • May 29 : West Street Club – Sheffield (UK)
  • June 2 : Bei Ruth – Berlin (Germany)
  • June 7 : Chlodna 25 – Warsaw (Poland)
  • June 9 : Seazone Music & Conference – Sopot (Poland)
  • June 10 : Centrala – Gorzów Wielkopolski (Poland) TBC
  • June 11 : Watch Docs Festival – Słupsk (Poland)
  • June 16 : Paris (France) (TBC)
  • June 17 : Lapin Blanc – Réding (France)
  • June 19 : Fuel Cafe, Manchester (UK)
  • June 21 : White Bear – Barnsley (UK)
  • June 22 : The Exchange – Stoke (UK)
  • June 23 : The Saddle, Chester Live Festival – Chester (UK)
  • June 24 : The North, Rhyl (UK)
  • June 25 : Club 147, Llandudno (UK)

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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 on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival. 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.

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