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Hyukoh in 2018
Hyukoh in 2018
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Years active2014–present
  • Oh Hyuk
  • Im Dong-geon
  • Lim Hyun-jae
  • Lee In-woo

Hyukoh (Korean: 혁오) is a South Korean indie band signed to DooRooDooRoo Artist Company. The band was formed in May 2014 and consists of leader, singer, and guitarist Oh Hyuk, bassist Im Dong-geon, guitarist Lim Hyun-jae, and drummer Lee In-woo.[1]


Band formation and rise in underground music scene[edit]

Frontman Oh Hyuk was raised in several cities across northern China (Jilin, Shenyang and Beijing) for the first twenty years of his life due his parents' profession as university professors. Upon graduating high school in 2012, Oh moved to South Korea on his own to pursue music full-time despite his parents' strong opposition. Oh speaks Mandarin Chinese, Korean and English and his diverse cultural influences are directly reflected in Hyukoh's music, in which he infuses a mix of Korean, Mandarin Chinese and English lyrics.

Im, Lim and Lee joined Oh to form Hyukoh in 2014. Oh was previously producing music as a one-man band under the name Hyukoh, and the members eventually came together and took on the name as the current four-piece band. The members came together largely by chance: Oh had already worked with Lee in the past, and Lim attended high school with Lee. Oh was introduced to Im through a mutual acquaintance.[2][3]

On September 18, 2014, Hyukoh released their debut EP 20, named after the band members' age at the time.[4] The band experienced moderate success in South Korea, often selling out small-scale venues and gaining a strong following in Hongdae, an area in Seoul known for being the epicenter of South Korea's indie music scene.[5]

Rise in mainstream popularity[edit]

In 2015, the band gained mainstream popularity after participating in the popular Korean variety program Infinite Challenge, performing "Wonderful Barn" in collaboration with Jung Hyung-don at Yeongdong Expressway Song Festival.[6] The band received positive responses from critics and the public, charting in the top ten of the Billboard World Albums Chart two months after the release of their second EP 22, also named after the band members' age at the time.[citation needed]

On July 21, 2015, Hyukoh became the first act to sign with independent label HIGHGRND, a subsidiary of Korean media conglomerate YG Entertainment.[7]

On April 30 and May 2, 2016, the band performed at Strawberry Music Festival in Shanghai and Beijing, representing Korean indie bands.[8] They also performed at the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan in August 2016.[9]

The band released their first studio album, 23, on April 24, 2017. The title track, "Tomboy", placed second on the Melon digital chart and first on Genie, Bugs, and Olleh digital charts not long after its release. The album also placed sixth on Billboard's World Albums Chart in May 2017. Following the release of 23, the band went on their first world tour.[citation needed]

Music by the band featured on a TV commercial released in June 2018 by Apple Inc. for the iPhone X smartphone. The song featured was Citizen Kane.[10]

2020 World Tour[edit]

Hyukoh planned to kick off their tour in February 2020, visiting places such as Seoul, making their way around Asia, Europe, and North America.[11][12]

However the majority of the tour was cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, with the group only being able to fulfil the Seoul and Japan dates before the pandemic struck.[13]

Mandatory military service[edit]

Im Dong-geon enlisted for his mandatory military service on April 20, 2021. He was seen off by family, friends and the members. The location and time were private.[14]

Musical style[edit]

Hyukoh has also been recognized for their attention to the band's visual aesthetic, ranging from their music videos to wardrobe choices. The band frequently works with photographer Han Dasom and videographer Jung Dawoon (DQM), who are members of the creative group Dadaism Club. They met in 2014.[2]

Oh has cited The Beatles and The Whitest Boy Alive as major influences in the band's musical style.[15]


  • Oh Hyuk (오혁) – vocals, guitar, songwriter[16]
  • Lim Hyun-jae (임현제) – lead guitar[16]
  • Im Dong-geon (임동건) – bass[16]
  • Lee In-woo (이인우) – drums[16]


Following their rise to fame, Hyukoh has faced multiple accusations of plagiarism. In 2015, internet users suggested that their song "Lonely" was derived from "1517" by German-Norwegian band The Whitest Boy Alive, while "Panda Bear" was compared to Yumi Zouma's "Dodi".[17] On July 24, HIGHGRND released a statement addressing these rumors, stating Hyukoh had received compliments on "Lonely" from The Whitest Boy Alive frontman Erlend Øye after performing the track as an opener for him while he visited Korea. The label also clarified that "Panda Bear" was released months before Yumi Zouma's "Dodi", making the suspected plagiarism impossible.[18]

"Panda Bear" faced accusations again as a copy of American indie band Beach Fossils's "Golden Age". These suspicions were furthered by a now-deleted tweet from Beach Fossils suggesting Hyukoh had mixed "Golden Age" to create "Panda Bear". Hyukoh leader Oh Hyuk later posted a screenshot of this Tweet to his Instagram account refuting the claims.[19]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US World
Track listing
  1. Burning Youth
  2. Tokyo Inn
  3. Leather Jacket (가죽자켓)
  4. Tomboy
  5. 2002WorldCup
  6. Jesus Lived In A Motel
  7. Wanli (Wanli万里)
  8. Die Alone
  9. Reserved Seat (지정석)
  10. Simon
  11. Paul
  12. Surf Boy
5 106 6

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US World
  • Released: September 18, 2014
  • Label: CASHMIER RECORDS, Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Lonely
  2. Feels Like Roller-Coaster Ride
  3. Ohio
  4. Wi Ing Wi Ing (위잉위잉)
  5. Our Place
  6. I Have No Hometown
Track listing
  1. Settled Down
  2. Comes and Goes (와리가리)
  3. Keunsae (큰새)
  4. Mer
  5. Hooka
  6. Gondry (공드리)
9 112 4
Track listing
  1. Graduation
  2. SkyWorld (하늘나라)
  3. LOVE YA!
  4. Citizen Kane
  5. Gang Gang Schiele
  6. Goodbye Seoul
Through Love
  • Released: January 30, 2020
  • Label: DRDR AC
  • Format: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Help
  2. Hey Sun
  3. Silverhair Express
  4. Flat dog
  5. World of the Forgotten
  6. New born
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Year Peak
Sales Album
"Wi Ing Wi Ing" (위잉위잉) 2014 1 20
"Panda Bear" 2015 95 Non-album single
"Comes and Goes (와리가리)" 1 22
"Tomboy" 2017 2 23
"Leather Jacket" (가죽자켓) 16
"Love Ya!" 2018 46 N/A 24
"Help" 2020 117 Through Love

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak
Sales Album
"Ohio" 2014 29 20
"Lonely" 91
"I Have No Hometown"
"Feels Like Roller Coaster Ride"
"Our Place"
"Bamboo" 2015 Non-album single
"Hooka" 10 22
"Big Bird (큰새)" 37
"Gondry (공드리)" 41
"Settled Down" 83
"Mer" 86
"Die Alone" 2017 36 23
"Tokyo Inn" 41
"Paul" 61
"Burning Youth" 64
"2002WorldCup" 65
"Jesus Lived In A Motel Room" 68
"Wanli" (Wanli万里) 79
"Surf Boy" 80
"Reserved Seat" (지정석) 84
"Simon" 86

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Album
"Wi Ing Wi Ing (위잉위잉)" 2014 20
"Panda Bear" 2015 22
"Comes and Goes (와리가리)"
"Leather Jacket (가죽자켓)" 2017 23
"Wanli (Wanli万里)"


  • 2015 Hyukoh year end concert "22" in Seoul, South Korea
  • 2016 Hyukoh year end concert "22" in Seoul, South Korea
  • 2017 Hyukoh concert "23" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2017 Hyukoh concert "23" in Seoul, South Korea
  • 2017 Hyukoh concert "23" in Hong Kong
  • 2017 Hyukoh concert "23" in Singapore
  • 2017 Hyukoh concert "23" in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2017 Hyukoh Europe “Tour”
    • London (Oct. 27, ULU live)
    • Paris (Oct. 29, YOYO Palais de Tokyo )
    • Amsterdam (Nov. 1, Q Factory)
  • 2017 Hyukoh North America “Tour”
    • Toronto, ON (Sept. 8, Opera House)
    • Boston, MA (Sept. 10, Middle East)
    • New York City, NY (Sept. 11, Irving Plaza )
    • Vancouver, BC (Sept, 14, Albatross Music Festival)
    • San Francisco, CA (Sept. 15 Social Hall)
    • Seattle, WA (Sept. 17, Columbia City Theater)
    • Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 19, The Mayan)
    • Arcadia, CA (Sept. 23, Modern Sky Festival)
  • '24' How To Find True Love And Happiness 2018 'NA'
    • Dallas, TX (Sept. 13, Trees)
    • Austin, TX (Sept. 14, Stubb's Jr)
    • Houston, TX (Sept. 15, White Oak Music Hall)
    • Atlanta, GA (Sept. 17, Terminal West)
    • Washington, DC (Sept. 19, U Street Music Hall)
    • New York City, NY (Sept. 20, Irving Plaza)
    • Philadelphia, PA (Sept. 23, Foundry)
    • Boston, MA (Sept. 24, Paradise)
    • Toronto, ON (Sept. 26, Phoenix Concert Hall)
    • Chicago,IL (Sept. 26, Lincoln Hall)
    • St. Paul, MN (Sept. 29, Amsterdam Bar & Hall)
    • Seattle, WA (Oct. 2, Showbox)
    • Vancouver, BC (Oct. 3, Commodore)
    • Portland, OR (Oct. 4, Doug Fir)
    • Berkeley, CA (Oct. 6, UC Theater)
    • Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 7, The Wiltern)
    • Pomona, CA (Oct. 9, Glass House)
  • 2019 '24' How To Find True Love And Happiness - Europe Tour

From February 26, 2019 to March 15, 2019 : European Tour《24: how to find true love and happiness》

    • February 26  : Gorilla, Manchester (UK)
    • February 27 : Electric Brixton, Londres (UK)
    • March 1 : Le Trianon, Paris (France)
    • March 2 : Melkweg, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    • March 3: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels (Belgium)
    • March 5 : Gloria, Cologne (Germany)
    • March 6 :Kesselhaus, Berlin (Germany)
    • March 7 : Zoom, Frankfurt (Germany)
    • March 9 :Legend Club, Milan (Italy)
    • March 11 : Apolo, Barcelone (Spain)
    • March 12 : Cool Stage, Madrid (Spain)
    • March 13: Capitolio, Lisbon (Portugal)
    • March 15: Izvestia Hall, Moscow (Russia )
  • 2019: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival ( Sundays 14 and 21 of April)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient/Nominated work Result
2015 7th Melon Music Awards Top 10 Artists Hyukoh Won
Artist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year
Song of the Year "Comes and Goes" Nominated
17th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Band Performance Hyukoh Nominated
UnionPay Song of the Year "Comes and Goes" Nominated
Naver Yearly Ranking Most Downloaded Song "Wi ing Wi ing" Won
2016 25th Seoul Music Awards Performance Culture Award Hyukoh Won
30th Golden Disc Awards Best Rock Band Award Won
5th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Discovery of the Year (Indie) Won
Popular Singer of the Year[35] Nominated
13th Korean Music Awards Song of the Year "Comes and Goes" Nominated
Artist of the Year Hyukoh Nominated
Newcomer of the Year Won
Best Modern Rock Album 22 Nominated
Best Modern Rock Song "Comes and Goes" Won
Netizen's Artist of the Year Hyukoh Nominated
9th Melon Music Awards
Top 10 Artists Nominated
19th Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best Band Performance Won
32nd Golden Disk Awards
Best Rock Band Award Won
15th Korean Music Awards Musician of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year "Tomboy" Won
Album of the Year 23 Nominated
Best Modern Rock Album Won
Best Modern Rock Song "Tomboy" Won
MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards[36][37] Song of the Year "Love Ya!" Nominated
Band Music Award Nominated
Genie Music Popularity Award Hyukoh Nominated
2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards[38] Best Band Performance Nominated
Song of the Year "Help" Nominated
Worldwide Fans’ Choice Nominated


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