Nell (band)

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Nell
KOCIS Korea Mnet Nell 02 (12987214054).jpg
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-rock, indie rock, modern rock, alternative rock, progressive rock, art rock
Years active 1999–present
Labels Goesoo Indigene
Woollim Label, SM Culture and Contents (Korea)
Home Game Records (Japan)
Associated acts Seo Tai-ji
Website nellhouse.com
homegamerecords.com/nell/
Members Kim Jong-wan
Lee Jae-kyong
Lee Jung-hoon
Jung Jae-won

Nell (Hangul: 넬) is a South Korean indie rock band. Formed in 1999, the band consists of Kim Jong-wan on vocals, guitar and keyboard, Lee Jae-kyong on lead guitar, Lee Jung-hoon on bass guitar and Jung Jae-won on drum. The group was named after the movie, Nell, that starred Jodie Foster. The band is known for their gloomy and psychedelic sound, and gained their fame with tracks like "Stay" from Let It Rain, "Thank You" from Walk Through Me, "Good Night" from Healing Process and "기억을 걷는 시간" (Time Walking On Memory) from Separation Anxiety. Their third studio album Healing Process was chosen as one of five best recordings of the year[1] by critics from South Korea. Nell's fourth studio album Separation Anxiety was a hit in South Korea, ranking number one in various album charts.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Early years and turning point[edit]

The group performed at clubs around the Sinchon-dong area and released two indie rock albums, Reflection of and Speechless, in 2001.

While performing at live clubs in Hongdae, they were picked up by Seo Tai-ji, and soon became the first band to promote under the record label Goesoo Indigene, a subsidiary of Seo Taiji Company in 2002. In 2006, the band decided to finish their contract with Goesoo Indigene. They are currently signed with Woollim Entertainment.

The band is heavily influenced by numerous British bands such as Radiohead, Placebo, Travis, and Muse. They also performed a number of covers of Muse, Coldplay, Sting, and Bob Dylan during their gigs.

Nell has participated in both 2006 and 2007 Pentaport Rock Festival of South Korea, where Placebo and Muse also performed each year.

Hiatus and comeback[edit]

After a long hiatus due to compulsory military service,[3] they released their fifth studio album titled Slip Away on April 10, 2012 with the title track, "그리고 남겨진 것들" (The Day Before). Its music video starred Lee Min-ki and Song Jae-rim, but none of the Nell members appeared. Slip Away was a hit in South Korea, placed top rank in various album charts, such as Mnet, Bugs, and Olleh Music.[4] Kim Jong-wan featured in G-Dragon's song "Today" in his 2012 album One of a Kind.

'Gravity' mini-album series & Japanese debut[edit]

On November 22, 2012, Nell's official homepage included a new picture signaling Nell's comeback. The picture showed a large moon that had a kind of explosion going on. Nell's new album, Holding onto Gravity was released on December 3.[5] On December 2, 2012, Woollim's YouTube official channel released the music video for "White Night" starring Im Soo-jung.[6]

In January 2013, Nell made their Japanese debut with the Japanese edition of Slip Away, released by Home Game Records, a Watanabe Music Publishing label dedicated to Korean rock.[7] In May 2013, the official Woollim YouTube channel uploaded a teaser for the upcoming mini-album which was scheduled for release in June. Nell's official homepage was updated on June 3 confirming the release date for the second part of their three-part mini-album series of 'Gravity', Escaping Gravity. The music video for the mini-album's title track, "Ocean of Light", was released June 9.

Members[edit]

Birth Name Date of birth Position
Romanized Hangul
Kim Jong-wan 김종완 (1980-12-24) December 24, 1980 (age 33) Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
Lee Jae-kyong 이재경 (1980-05-13) May 13, 1980 (age 34) Lead guitar
Lee Jung-hoon 이정훈 (1980-11-11) November 11, 1980 (age 33) Bass guitar, Tambourine, Keyboard, Chorus
Jung Jae-won 정재원 (1980-08-04) August 4, 1980 (age 34) Drums

Discography[edit]

Album appearances and featurings[edit]

Year Song Album Artist Note
2005 "Let It Rain" Swan Songs Epik High Featuring Kim Jong-wan
2007 "행복합니다 (I'm Happy)" Remapping the Human Soul Featuring Kim Jong-wan
2009 "멜로디로 남아 (Remaining as Melodies)" Kkeun Han Hee Jeong Featuring Kim Jong-wan
"Naega Baraneun Na" Hwantastic Project - Lee Seung Hwan 20 Junyeon Ginyeom Album Lee Seung Hwan Featuring Kim Jong-wan
2010 "Living Next Door to You" Vegetable Love Hey Featuring Kim Jong-wan
"한별 (Implode)" Hurricane Venus BoA Composed by Kim Jong-wan
2012 "Today" One of a Kind G-Dragon Featuring Kim Jong-wan
"Shine" Another Me Kim Sung-kyu (Infinite) Written, composed & arranged by Kim Jong-wan

Unreleased songs[edit]

Below is a list of songs that were not released in Nell's albums but performed at music festivals.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2004 2nd Korean Music Awards Artist of the Year (Group) Walk Through Me Nominated
2006 4th Korean Music Awards Artist of the Year (Group) Healing Process Nominated
Best Modern Rock Album Nominated
2007 5th Korean Music Awards Best Modern Rock Artist of the Year Picked by Netizens "Let's Take a Walk" Won
2008 SBS The Music Trend No. 1 "Time Walking On Memory" Won
10th Mnet KM Music Festival Best Rock Award - Won
Best Composer Award "Time Walking On Memory" written by Kim Jong-wan Won
23rd Golden Disk Awards Best Rock Award - Won
2011 5th Grand Mint Festival Best Performance - Won
Best Moment Won
2012 14th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Band Performance "The Day Before" Nominated
4th MelOn Music Awards Music Style Award - Best Rock Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Park, Jae-deok (2007-01-17). "넬 공연, 예매 시작 2분만에 매진". Joy News 24. 
  2. ^ Kang, Ji-hoon (2008-04-01). "넬, 앨범판매 1위-콘서트 매진 '겹경사'". My Daily. 
  3. ^ "Nell to break four year hiatus with a February comeback". Allkpop. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  4. ^ "NELL's 'Slip Away' sweeps real time charts + tracks from the album". Allkpop. 2012-04-10. 
  5. ^ Hong, Grace Dan-bi (2012-11-12). "Nell Signals Comeback with Teaser Photo". CJ E&M enewsWorld. 
  6. ^ "NELL'백야(White night_白夜)' Music video teaser (Drama ver.)". 2012-11-28. 
  7. ^ "Nell make their Japanese debut with 'Slip Away'". Allkpop. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 

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