Underrated! Korea: Love X Stereo in the U.S.
As you all might remember we have started to report about several groups who are/were not that famous in the K-pop business yet, by the beginning of this year. One of our recent interview partners was Love X Stereo about one month ago. After we had the interview, various other magazines reported about them too. Recently also the famous MTV IGGY devoted a post to them. These days, they are touring around the U.S. and Canada to hold concerts and attract a lot of attention. Yesterday, they even were on radio in New York! Congratulations to Love X Stereo, and a lot of success for your future!
Check out their videos:
Lose to Win
LOVE X STEREO and Courtney Barnett on Gay Beach [ARCHIVE]
LOVE X STEREO
Sail over to the Gay Beach and listen to this episode where Tedward welcomedLOVE X STEREO to the program for a hang.
From the band’s website:
LOVE X STEREO is an electronic rock band based in Seoul, Korea. LOVE X STEREO’s music is authentic electronic music based in alternative and punk rock from the 90s. With its free use of synthesizing and effects, LOVE X STEREO’s music is danceable.
That’s really all you need to know, isn’t it?
Later on the program, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett will dropped in for a live performance. Barnett was recently featured in Pitchfork and has just released A Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas via House Anxiety/Marathon Artists.
Indie Spotlight: Love X Stereo
by Elford Alley
October 12, 2013
In Riffraf’s Indie Spotlight, we feature talented indie artists from around the world who create music, record, and tour without the support of a major label or financial backing.
A rising star in the Korean indie rock scene, Love X Stereo combines dance beats and a love of 90s alt rock. They will embark on their first American tour this fall, promoting their new EP, Glow.
Today, we’re talking with lead singer Annie Ko about influences, underrated albums and preparing for their upcoming tour.
You’ve described your sound as 90s alt rock infused with dance music. Is it difficult to find the balance between those two styles?
To be clear, our music is more alternative rock than dance. We’re using various dance beat to make alternative music sound more unique. So you can easily find hints of punk, grunge, shoegazing, etc. in our music. Maybe others might disagree, but we believe our music is more “rock” in that way.
What are some of your biggest influences, music or otherwise?
Mostly 90s alternative, 80s new wave/synth pop and 80-90’s electronic music. But really, we get influenced by any type of music from blues to psychedelic. Whatever is good, we take in without any prejudice.
Do you think being an independent artist offers more freedom in what you write and record?
We get to write, record, mix, master, produce, design, and sell the way we want to. That’s a major plus. But in order to do that well, we need to dedicate a lot of time and energy. So honestly, it’s really not that easy.
What’s an underrated album everyone should listen to at least once?
In Korea, we think “My Bloody Valentine” is surprisingly underrated. The critics really hate them here. Mainly because you really can’t hear the lyrics clearly (both in their albums or on their shows). We think Shin Joong-hyun is seriously underrated in both Korea and overseas. He’s the pioneer of Korean psychedelic rock, and one of the best guitarist of all time. This legendary rocker recently received a specially-crafted tribute guitar from Fender Musical Instruments Corp. And if you know his music well enough, you can easily find out that The Black Keys were heavily influenced by this man’s music.
What has been one of your strangest and/or most interesting gigs?
We think our upcoming gigs in The States and Canada will be very, very interesting. It’s still kinda hard to believe that it’s all happening. We’re bringing our best sound possible.
You guys will be embarking on your first US tour this fall, what are some of the unexpected challenges of planning a tour?
Everything is so challenging. We don’t have management to handle all the details, so it’s pretty tough from top to bottom. Until we finally take off, guess it’ll be challenging all the way.
What was the songwriting process like for the new EP Glow?
We didn’t have much time to think, actually. We’re changing our live system completely for this tour, and we’re producing our new EP album at the same time, so time is of the essence. But the new songs are the best ones we ever created so far! Very excited.
We hope this tour will help us break through, and enable us to meet our new fans all around the globe. We’ll keep on making quality music and none stop performing to engage the world. You’ll see us in your neighborhood very soon!
Love X Stereo = Delicious Electro Rock From Seoul
By MTV Iggy
October 11, 2013
Name: Love X Stereo (Annie Ko, Toby, Sol Han, and Jeong-kyeom)
Where They’re From: Seoul, Korea
Genre: Post John Hughes pop/rock
For Fans Of: CHVRCHES, The Cardigans, Garbage
Sounds Like: Optimism
Love X Stereo promises two things: love, and (of course), stereo. The trio’s third EP Glow delivers all that their name implies. Over four tracks and a handful of remixes, the Seoul, Korea-based band manages to wrap the spectrum of youthful angst (including, but not limited to, loneliness, romance, and a desire for transcendence) into a candy-coated, easy to swallow pill. It’s like your mom always said—a spoon full of optimistic indie pop/rock helps the medicine go down.
Frontwoman Annie Ko possesses a girlish, fairytale whisper that lends itself to CHVRCHES comparisons. But while the Scottish band floats like an electronic butterfly, Love X Stereo stings like a rock ‘n’ roll bee. The band inhabits a space just post John Hughes. The high school exams have been passed. The boy (or girl) has been won. But as we all know, that’s just the end of act one. Love X Stereo is standing by for when adult emotions flood in. Their effervescent blend of grit and grace is here to remind us that no matter what life throws at you, you’re badass enough to take it in stride. But you might want to start by dancing it out…
Glow is out now. – Words by Laura Studarus
Love X Stereo : Glow
As Love X Stereo venture to the United States for their tour, they released Glow, the newest EP. Fans of Love X Stereo’s older releases will find a slight difference with Glow. The music is a step up from Off The Grid andBuzzin’. The previous recordings of Love X Stereo hold back the energy that the band has during live performances, but Glow sounds like the band is reaching to a new direction.
Glow is definitely within the same core sound that the band creates, but this time Glow is a bit more upbeat. There was an underlying aggressive feeling with the previous EPs, but the single “부끄러워요” felt different.
The four new songs are excellent additions to the library of music from the band, but it definitely shows the time between releases. The music is more mature and feels more polished. Love X Stereo’s live performances are amazing, but there has been a slight disconnect between the recordings and the lives and Glow sounds like the bridge has been made.
My favorite song is “Secrets” because it has a feeling of continuation of “Storm” while not directly pulling the same elements. The band continues to create excellent songs and Glow is the perfect introduction to new fans.
The remix tracks of the old songs are great re-introductions to those songs as well for old fans and I’m sure it’s going to make people who’ve never heard of Love X Stereo want to explore the older releases.