Glen Check (band)

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Glen Check
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Electronic, new wave, indie
Years active 2011-present
Labels Soundholic Entertainment
Website www.glencheck.co.kr
Members June-One Kim
Hyuk-Jun Kang

Glen Check is a South Korean indie band, consisting of singer and guitar player June-One Kim and bass and synthesizer player Hyuk-Jun Kang. They debuted in 2011 with the release of Disco Elevator EP and were joined by drummer Jeon-Yeol Ryu for their first full album, Haute Couture, which was released in early 2012. Later that year, Ryu left the group. Once again a duo, Glen Check released the five-track EP Cliché later that year. In November 2013, a sophomore album was released, called Youth! The band has also released several remix EPs.

Kim and Kang first met while attending high school together[1][2] and after graduating, they formed a band called The Closure. Soon after though, they decided to take a different approach to their music, which Kim has described as having been "quiet and boring".[3] They changed the band's name to Glen Check, after reading the term in a fashion book.[4] Both Kim and Kang grew up outside of Korea.[2] The lyrics to their songs are in English.[3] While the duo have cited Western music as being an influence on them, they were also inspired by African music and traditional Korean music on their album Haute Couture.[1][2] For Cliché, they looked to funk and disco music from the 1970s and 1980s for their inspiration.[5] Many different genres have been used to describe their music, including electropop, electro-rock, synthrock and indie-dance-pop. The duo has said that they do not want their sound to be limited though, and that they plan to experiment in many different styles.[3][5][6] The band places an emphasis on the visual aspects of their live shows and have been noted for their stage design.[3][5] Glen Check and its crew of collaborators are collectively known as The Basement Resistance.[7]

Glen Check is one of the fastest growing indie bands in South Korea and has been praised for its musical and visual experimentation, being called "boundary-pushing" by MTV K.[3] Billboard named Glen Check's "Young Generation" the eighteenth best South Korean song of 2013,[8] and in 2014, Melissa Locker of Time singled out Glen Check as a favorite band from South Korea. Locker praised the duo's "edgy '80s energy" and wrote that they "infuse their tracks with the recklessness of youth", creating "a style that's nearly impossible not to dance to."[9]

Both of Glen Check's albums have won the Korean Music Award for Best Dance & Electronic Album.[10][11][12] In 2013, the band was nominated for Rookie of the Year,[13][14] and in 2014, "Pacific" (from the album Youth!) was nominated for Best Dance & Electronic Song.[15][16] Glen Check performed at South by Southwest in 2014.[17][18][19]

Early lives[edit]

Both June-One Kim and Hyuk-Jun Kang were born in South Korea, but spent much of their childhoods abroad.[2][20] Largely isolated from the contemporary K-pop scene,[20] they grew up listening to Western artists instead, as well as music from their fathers' generation.[2][20] After returning to South Korea, they both attended Busan International High School.[21] Kang has described first meeting Kim during "an after-class band session".[22] The two bonded over their shared musical interests[1][20][22] and stayed friends after graduating.[1][3]

Although both had fostered childhood dreams of one day performing in a band, neither Kim nor Kang initially intended to pursue a career in music.[22][23] Both began attending college - Kim as a fashion major.[20][22] Later looking back on this time, Kang described a life that was "getting kind of boring".[23] On weekends, they would meet and play music together.[23] Eventually, they decided to share original songs with their friends through the internet.[20] Kim has said that they "never had big plans" though, and were only making music as a hobby.[22]

Discography[edit]

EP's[edit]

  1. Disco Elevator
  2. Metro
  3. Dressing Room (Demo)
  4. Dressing Room (Acoustic)
  1. Addicted (Remastered)
  2. Disco Elevator (Remastered)
  3. Metro (Remastered)
  4. Dressing Room (Remastered)
  5. Dressing Room (Acoustic) [Remastered]
  6. Metro (Acoustic)
  1. Au Revoir
  2. 60's Cardin
  1. Blood, Sweat & The Beat
  2. ’84
  3. Leather
  4. Want You Back
  5. ’84 The Original
  1. '84 (Original Mix)
  2. ’84 (Arno Grieco Remix)
  3. '84 (Acid Punk Dynamite)
  4. '84 (Surrender! Remix)
  5. ’84 (Juneoney Remix)
  1. I've Got This Feeling
  2. I've Got This Feeling (Kartell Remix)
  3. I've Got This Feeling (Lorenz Rhode Remix)
  4. I've Got This Feeling (Tesla55 Remix)
  5. I've Got This Feeling (Cabinett Remix)
  1. Pacific
  2. Pacific (Moullinex Remix)
  3. Pacific (Justin Faust Remix)
  4. Pacific (Les Loups Remix)
  5. Pacific (Glen Check "Summer" Remix)

Studio albums[edit]

  1. The Naked Sun
  2. Vogue Boys And Girls
  3. French Virgin Party
  4. The Flashback
  5. Rebellion
  6. Bataille!
  7. Au Revoir
  8. Concorde
  9. 60's Cardin
  10. Racket
  11. Vivid
  • Youth! (2013.11.19)
    • Disc 1
    1. The Match Open
    2. Pacific
    3. Summer Hearts
    4. Youth In Revolt
    5. Paint It Gold
    6. Anthem For The Wild Souls
    • Disc 2
    1. Young Generation
    2. I've Got This Feeling
    3. Brooklyn
    4. The Coast
    5. Jordan

Compilation albums[edit]

  1. Metro (acoustic)
  1. The Girl In Jeans
  1. Want You Back (Glen Check Remix)
  1. SHINee - Hello (Glen Check Remix)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Edwina Mukasa (April 2012). "An Interview With Glen Check". thislondonchick.com. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Pancho Paradela (August 25, 2012). "P&B ON-TOUR KOREA Glen Check". Pull the Metal (in Spanish). Archived from the original on August 28, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Anna Park (June 15, 2012). "Indie ID: Glen Check". MTV K. Archived from the original on July 20, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ Cindy Zimmer (April 1, 2014). "Interview: Glen Check (at SXSW)". ATK Magazine. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Kim, June-One; Kang, Hyuk-Jun; Ryu, Jeon-Yeol (2012). "B-Sides Episode 5: Glen Check". MTV K (video). Archived from the original on June 22, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ MTV IGGY staff. "MTV Iggy Presents GLEN CHECK". MTV IGGY. Archived from the original on April 3, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ Puma Simone (February 9, 2015). "A Chat with Glen Check". Black on the Canvas. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  8. ^ Billboard staff; Billboard Korea staff (December 23, 2013). "20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2013: K-Town Picks". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  9. ^ Melissa Locker (May 26, 2014). "From Brazil to Iceland to Korea: Go Around the World In 11 Bands". Time. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ Anna Lindgren Lee (February 28, 2013). "Winners of Korean Music Awards 2013". koreanindie.com. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ Ephraim Lee (September 24, 2013). "Tunesday: Blue Suits & Blue Meth". The Daily Californian. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Timea Baksa (March 1, 2014). "Korean Music Awards 2014 results announced". Hello Kpop. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  13. ^ Chris Park (February 16, 2013). "Korean Music Awards 2013 - Chris' Predictions". koreanindie.com. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  14. ^ Anna Lindgren Lee (February 20, 2013). "10th Korean Music Awards Nominees : Best Dance & Electronic". koreanindie.com. Archived from the original on March 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ Korean Music Awards staff (2014). "Korean Music Awards 2014". koreanmusicawards.com (in Korean). Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  16. ^ Johnny Au (October 22, 2014). "2K14 SEOULSONIC Returns To New York City for CMJ". The AU Review. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  17. ^ Park Jin-hai (February 10, 2014). "Here comes K-rock". The Korea Times. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  18. ^ Kim Ji-soo (March 6, 2014). "'K-pop Night Out' due in Texas". The Korea Times. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  19. ^ Ariel Miller (December 3, 2013). "Four on the Floor: Bands with Seoul (Part One)". SXSW. Archived from the original on February 10, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f Kim Young-jin (February 19, 2013). "Match made in synthpop heaven". The Korea Times. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  21. ^ Jeff Liebsch (February 16, 2016). "Interview: Glen Check's June-One Kim". Busan Haps Magazine. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  22. ^ a b c d e Alexander Kusuma (November 29, 2012). "On the Records: Glen Check". Alkupra. Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  23. ^ a b c Aloran Sattar (September 7, 2011). "Interview: Glen Check". Band Bucket. Archived from the original on January 3, 2012. 

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