By now you are probably more than aware of the famously known music style K-Pop, in recent years we have seen how this and J-Pop have been taking the radio airwaves by storm. However there’s perhaps a better form of rock out there that ain’t gaining too much recognition by the masses. Say Sue Me are one of the ambassadors of this great rock sound that’s been played and written over in South Korea. A proof of that can be found on their newest single “One Week” who’s getting a cool, homemade, somewhat cinematic visual today and we got you the exclusive look at it. The music reminds me a lot to Pavement and Wolf Alice with their dark-toned, melodic, vibrant vocals and overall melodies.
Aquatically themed reverb soaked melancholia. The bands practice room is located in five minutes on foot from Gwangalli Beach in Busan but it’s the love of 60’s surf that adds a lust for the fluidic, tethered with a healthy 90’s US indie rock inspiration.
Surfgaze became a genre in recent years but acts that play stand-alone pure surf plus indie rock/pop with added twang are decidedly rare. Say Sue Me are inspired in equal measure by 60’s Surf and 90’s US/UK Indie Rock and it’s that odd mesh of Dick Dale, The Ventures with Pavement, Sebadoh, Seam, Yo La Tengo, Mazzy Star, Jesus & The Mary Chain that makes quite unique.
The combination feels natural with admirable guitar skills on display, but it’s Sumi’s low breathy, talky vocals and frank lyrical exposure of her human insecurities that’s the real charmer.
Friends since 5th grade Jae Young (Bass) and Kim Byungkyu (guitar) were introduced to drummer kang Semin and then they heard Sumi’s speaking voice and decided she should be the singer. Sumi Choi was a natural at songwriting. Formed in 2012 they recorded their first album in 2014 ‘We’ve Sobered Up’ and the ‘Big Summer Nights’ EP in 2015.
They played Zandari Cheoyong and Busan International Rock Festivals and won fans throughout East Asia.
Semin, the band’s drummer who also illustrated the artwork and is sadly in a semi-comtose state after a fall in 2016. As there is no NHS in Korea, the band, their label ‘Elecric Muse’ & fans raised over £11,000 for his healthcare and hope he can recover with treatment.
Casey McKeever recorded all the songs and mastered them along with Kim Sanghyuk. Casey now sit’s in on drums on the new 2017 track ‘Michelle Marie’ which is cover of a duo featuring Casey & Semin called ‘Barbie Doll’s’. ‘One Question’ is a ‘Genius’ cover, an act that Casey also drums in. The ‘Michelle Marie’ track ends with a little taste of a Barbie Dolls to celebrate and keep Semin involved.
In addition, the band is also streaming their newest album below.