Rough Cuts – Korindie Bootlegs #13

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Adversity inspires good music. So when you get four middle class straight white dudes together, umm.. … it’s… umm… hard core? Yeah, hard core. I mean, just look at the name, Rough Cuts.  They’re all rough, tumble and dry, tags off their pillows, coming from the mean streets of Slough, or Staines, or some other disgusting sounding English industrial town that’s not nearly as bad as it sounds, but is still actually bad enough to make you never want to go there. They’re the gristle right next to your choice cuts, and they’re here to get in your face hole and blow you away. I mean just look at this intensity. You wouldn’t want to run into this intense specimen outside of a live hall would you?

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Mike McGrath – Vocals, Guitar

Actually, two of them are American, and they don’t really care about blowing you. Found that out the hard way. But, that’s still pretty punk right? Right? Right. Right.*

I’m not going to lie to you. They’re a bunch of right bastards. All rough and no tumble. First off, there’s Tyler (Shelbyville), who doesn’t really know he’s hot, but he kinda knows he’s hot, so he doesn’t how what to do with it yet. He’s that ugly character 80 minutes into an 80s makeover movie, where the character realizes that they can dance and so they finnaly show their inner beauty, which is really their outer beauty, because Hollywood. Tyler, go out there and commandeer some shit. Like… free drinks or something. Then give me some of those free drinks.

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Tyler Ryan – Guitar, Vocals

Then there’s Mike (Baekma), who thinks he can’t sing. He’s kinda right, but he’s got some fresh fucking moves, let me tell ya. Like way better than his Baekma days. So fresh. Lately, he’s been spending his time on stage scream-singing (scringing?) a lot about how he’s bad news, and how everything he thinks is dumb. (See Bad News and Everything I Think Is Dumb above.) Then he freaks the fuck out, kinda like that dude from Korn.

That’s the dude from Korn, right? It’s totally him. From the 80s or something.

Whatever, I’m sure it’ll get the chicks one day. The guys from Korn get chicks right? I mean, they’re like 60 now, but I’m sure they’re still cool in Finland or something.

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Adam Czelusta – Bass

Adam always seems sad to be playing bass. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a swell dude, but he’s no this. Adam, look at Mike. He’s got sweet moves. Steal his sweet moves, Adam, you know he can’t fight back. He’s got no tumble. Use the tumble. USE THE TUMBLE, ADAM.

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Patrick Connor – Drums

Then there’s Patrick. He knows everyone everywhere so I can’t make fun of him. Hello, Patrick. Good day. Jolly good show. (Oh, who are we kidding, he can’t read this. He’s a drummer.)

Yeah, so Rough Cuts. I talked about each one of them in order because that’s totally the most interesting way to write a music blog without talking about music. Listen to the bootlegs, then come out to a show. They’re awesome live. Like, you will feel some awe when you see them.

Oh hey. Video. From earlier. Lookilisten?

*Gotta get them 500 words.

 

Party Fears – Korindie Bootlegs #10

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Faithful Korindie readers may have noticed that Maggie Devlin, previously of Baekma and New Blue Death fame, is all up in Korindie’s mix, with her face now on three out of 10 bootleggins’. I know I’ve been accused of needless bias towards her, and so to settle the matter once and for all, here’s the reason why she’s so prevalent on the site.

I love Maggie and I want to have her children.

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Maggie Devlin – “What are you on about, Doug?”

Okay, okay. This is not true. I hate kids. Like, really hate kids. But, I love her musically, and I would love to have her musical children. They’d all be half Firebird and half Korg with a hint of cowbell, and I’d sell them on craigslist.com (LIKE YOU SOLD YOUR SOUL FIREBIRD MAGGIE) and we’d split the profits over a feed of Mom’s Touch.

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Mike McGrath (left) and Tyler Ryan (right) – Hangry for Mom’s Touch

I guess the real reason for Maggie’s prevalence would be that she has almost as many bands as Ali*, and they’re all good. Her current work, Party Fears, is a solo project that somehow involves every wayguk musician/singer in Seoul. Seriously, there’s like a million people on stage at any moment. Look at this, they barely all fit. I had to unsexily hug the pole to get this shot.**

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B A Wheeler, Mike McGrath, Tyler Ryan, Maggie Devlin, Angela Schmangela, Alberto Alba – Unsexy Pole Hugging Shot

Even though Maggie alone is the driving force behind everything, watching Party Fears is like watching a familiar TV show that got retooled. Not in that desperate 6th season of Archer way, but more like a [INSERT SUCCESSFULLY RETOOLED SHOW TITLE HERE] way, where you know most the characters involved, but they’re being directed by someone else and they’re ready for more diverse hijinks. Well, okay, that’s a bad example, because everyone is playing all the same instruments they always played, but next to different people. Okay, it’s next to the same people for the next part.

Goddammit, this why I can’t have nice things. Look, Maggie brings a new sound to the table. Okay?

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Maggie Devlin

I’ve not done enough digression in this post, but it’s 1:38AM and my mind currently has the same texture as the ramyeon that is not sitting well in my stomach, so I’ll just end by letting you, my fellow Korindie lookilistener, should know that you can still have nice things, or at least see a good show at Boogie Woogie (formerly Kimchi Sounds) in Kyungidan, Seoul on March 26th. It’s Party Fears’ last show before Maggie ups and offs out of self-induced purgatory.

Don’t worry though, Maggie will pop up again this summer when secret things happen in secret places. Did I mention that it was secret? Look, it’s secret, okay?

Here’s a distraction. Purty lights. The editing is frantic as fuck, cause I was a little drunk while doing it, and I thought everything was AMAZING. Still like it though. DOEI from CCTB is amazing for getting all the best shots on this vid.

You’ll also be pleased to know that in this video (and on bandcamp) you can actually hear a female vocalist in Seoul for once. (Shut up, Tony. You’re the only one who claims to be able to hear them.)

*Yes, Ali, this is your new normal.

**That will NOT be in the bandfic.

***Holy crap, there’s 10 of these. I’ve never done 10 of anything in my life. I wonder if I could put this on my resume? “Successfully Made 10 Blog Posts” would be an awesome award title.