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"PAIK" redirects here. For the airport with ICAO code PAIK, see Bob Baker Memorial Airport.
This article is about the band. For the Korean family name, see Baek. For the video artist, see Nam June Paik.
Origin Toledo, Ohio
Genres Post-rock, Space rock
Instruments Vocals, Guitars, Drums
Years active 1997–present
Labels Beyonder Records
Strange Attractors Audio House
Website Paik Space

Paik is a post-rock/space rock band, originally from Toledo, United States, currently living in Detroit, Michigan, United States, that includes Rob Smith and Ryan Pritts. Bassist Ali Clegg left the band in 2005, and has since been replaced by San Francisco native Anthony Petrovic (E-Zee-Tiger). Terms used when describing Paik's music include: post-rock, shoegaze, and space rock.[1][2][3]


Formed in 1997, the band is erroneously thought to be named after veteran Korean artist Nam June Paik, but is actually named after an old-fashioned term for a swift punch to the gut. The band has toured in support of indie rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as well as Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. They have shared stages with Windy & Carl.

Rob Smith primarily plays a Fender Jaguar as the lead instrument, which is largely responsible for the band's musical style, together with drummer Ryan Pritts's incorporation of a timpani in his drum set since Paik's third album, 2002's The Orson Fader.[4]




  • Spacer (Beyonder, 1999)


  • Magnesium Fire (Beyonder, 2006)


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  2. ^ a b "Paik: Monster of the Absolute Album Review -Pitchfork". Retrieved 2016-04-24. 
  3. ^ Alex, Kent; er. "Black noise". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Orson Fader - Paik - Songs, Reviews, Credits -AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  5. ^ "Hugo Strange - Paik | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Corridors - Paik - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  7. ^ "Kinski/Paik/Surface Of Eceyon - "Crickets And Fireflies"". Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Paik: Satin Black Album Review - Pitchfork". Retrieved 2016-04-24. 
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