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Annyeong Wednesday: Hello, Love X Stereo!
Love X Stereo is a Korean electro/alternative rock band consisting of Toby (guitar), Annie(vocal and synth), and Sol (bass). Plugging away since 1998, the team originally performed as part of the sk8 punk band known as Skrew Attack. Although Toby was the de facto leader, so many members of Skrew Attack came and went, the band barely triggered a blip on the media radar. However, when Annie jumped on board in 2005 as the new vocalist, Skrew Attackskewed toward a different creative path. And later when they have joined forces with GUMX drummer, Lee EungKyun, they were able to unleash their first (and last) album in 2008 ‘Not Enough Translation’.
Despite tight instrumentals and catchy melodies, the record didn’t get the desired commercial success the band was hoping for. Shaken but not deterred, Skrew Attack proceeded to build considerable buzz in Seoul’s legendary live club district of Hongdae. But then in 2011, the drummer suddenly left the band, the trio was now down to a duo. Toby and Annie struggled to figure a way to play live without a drummer. Determined to reboot, they decided to relaunch themselves by changing their band name to Love X Stereo. Ditching punk riffs for synth chords, the pair picked up bass guitarist Sol along the way and a new triple treat was formed. Thanks to their new name tag, a new look and new sound was born.
In 2012, Love X Stereo jolted music critics inside and outside of Korea with their stunning debut album ‘Off the Grid’, and after stellar opening performances for the American dream pop band,Asobi Seksu, and European disco duo, The KDMS, the band skyrocketed to take center stage alongside international headliners at the Jisan Rock Festival and Korean indie icons at the Zandari Festival. In autumn of 2013, Love X Stereo released their new album ‘Glow’worldwide and promoted it in North America at the CMJ Music Marathon (New York) and Indieweek Canada (Toronto). They also performed at SXSW 2014, and had their second North American tour with Korean tour agency Seoulsonic.
Hopefully in 2014 we will get to hear new Love X Stereo album, but at the meantime why don’t you check out their music video for one of my Love X Stereo songs, the ‘Storm’.
You can find Love X Stereo on:
Official Website – http://lovexstereo.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/loveXstereo
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lovexstereo
SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/lovexstereo
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/love-x-stereo/id509978746?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+LOVEXSTEREOofficial/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/loveXstereo
Tumblr – http://lovexstereo.tumblr.com/
Reverbnation – http://www.reverbnation.com/lovexstereo