It is not an easy thing to find really good sound touching your soul. It is not an easy thing to find this sound in rock (at least for me). And of course it is not an easy thing to find really good rock sound among all this soft melodies and dance catchy idol songs which produce Korea every day. That's why I'm jumping and almost yelling when I hear smth great. Do you know how I recognize those gems of rock? Goosebumps! That is rather simple but happens rearly.
There are several bands which are not famous. Btw, it is strange "inception" thing - there are few levels of popularity of indie rock bands. Popularity among Hongdae playground inhabitants, then goes clubs goers, then audience of any festivals and somehow there is a gap until band finds record company and producer. And then comes music videos and little by little more people are listening to the band's music. (Of course it is not the rule and only my point of view).
But I can't wait for the music video to tell you about the band Nukie. And I can't wait for any other trigger to tell you about this band. Can I write a post per week about guys? (Joking).
Anyway, I highly recommend you to listen single "재갈" which was released on 17th of January. It consist of three songs: 세레나데, 재갈, 펭귄, all three of them are sincerely quite good to pleasure my heart of rock/metal/alternative metal lover. If you think that it is only my imagination, please listen to the title track 재갈:
So what do you think? How is it?
And now we start with the interview. I want to introduce you SooJong Yoon (윤수종) vocals and guitar of the band, who was so kind that agreed to answer several questions.
First of all, we’d like to thank you for having an interest in our band.
This interview is the very first one of Nukie, officially or unofficially.
Can you introduce yourself and other band members?
My name is SooJong Yoon, a Vocalist and Guitarist of nukie.
We are a three-member rock band.
Vocal & Guitar: 윤수종(SooJong Yoon)
Bass: 오야생조래광현 (YaSaengJoRaeKwangHyun Oh a.k.a. OhYa, a.k.a. YaSaeng, a.k.a. KwangHyun Oh)
Drums: 채광명 (KwangMyung Chae)
When and how was Nukie formed?
Few years ago I came up with the idea of this band and finally scouted these guys after several shifts in the member composition.
I met OhYa while I was serving the military duty. (All men in Korea have to do military service mandatorily) We were members of Korea Coast Guard Orchestra.
I’ve got to know KwangMyung through a friend of mine in the music filed.
We performed individually and sometimes together in other music projects. When previous members of nukie left the band, I suggested these two guys join the band.
Why did you chose name 'Nukie'? What does it mean?
I made up the band name based on the following idea.
“nukie = nuclear + rookie”
Nukie means the rookie and new kids with the influence of nuclear weapon-level.
How can you describe your music?
It’s very hard for us to describe our music by ourselves.
We like metal but our music is not metal. Then, is it alternative? No. Others might call our music hard rock but that doesn’t fit my opinion either. Just rock. We are not defining a boundary to our music.
You recently released EP 재갈, what are you planing to do in the future?
We are planning to shoot the video for one or two songs included in ‘재갈’ and are preparing things to release a full-length album. With these, we will continue to do lots of live performances.
Where are you performing, what clubs? How many gigs did you have already?
We don’t stick to one club for our performance.
We are ready to perform wherever we are wanted.
Please, give us a call. If you want, we can go to and perform in Russia.
Which bands are your favorite? Korean and from other countries?
Three of us have very different tastes in music and musicians. Since the number of favorite bands is numerous, it is hard to name all of them.
Recently, we’ve started to have interests in Korean traditional music.
How do you create music and lyrics?
Generally, each member comes up with an idea individually and then it is completed as one tune in the studio. For lyrics, one person completes creating it at times but mostly we add comments to the drafts of lyrics and complete it together.
The band nukie has the direction of expressing as freely as we can in the range of rock music while delivering the message to the world.
I’m not sure our lyrics deliver the messages well enough to others because our lyrics are written in Corean (hopefully, they are delivered well). Our lyrics are political and aggressive in a way. We are too angry to sing love and peace in the spirit of rock. We write lyrics regarding social imbalance, resistance against vested rights, and struggle for liberty putting the story about love and peace aside for a while.
Once again, we really appreciate for your interests toward us.
And now you have chance to watch live performance of Penguin:
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