I love kpop in all its colorful, technological glory. The intense beats, the pretty idols, the video concepts — they speak to my fangirl heart.
On the other hand, I was a teenager in the 1990s, which means that sometimes I long for a good guitar solo or something a little less manufactured. So when I found some Korean rock bands, I was so, SO happy!
The first group I found (all on my own!) was YB, short for the Yoon Do Hyun Band. They carry a very U2 vibe, in my opinion, and I absolutely love their song Flying Butterfly (it was covered in The Liar and His Lover):
I came across SHINee’s The Reason, which does have a guitar solo thrown in! SHINee and guitars. Much love. Also, I really like the lyrics. YES, I listen to lyrics.
Next, thanks to a random discussion on Facebook, I encountered Miyavi. He’s a fun multicultural blend. Definitely has his own style:
Unni Jennie was kind enough to introduce me to the Royal Pirates and I was blown away:
Thanks to the OST for To The Beautiful You, I found J-Min:
There’s Nell too — LOVElovelove Dream Catcher:
And then not long ago, someone mentioned F.T. Island. Hallelujah! I love their sound.
So I’ve created my own k-rock YouTube playlist. It’s so short and sweet, y’all. Help a girl out and give me more suggestions?
Karie the Maknae
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi