The Black Skirts

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The Black Skirts
Native name 조휴일
Birth name Jo Hyu-il
Also known as Holiday Cho
Origin Seoul, Korea
Genres Indie rock,[1] pop
Years active 2008–present
Sony Music Korea
Associated acts Tablo, Hyukoh, Code Kunst
Notable instruments
Guitar, bass, keyboard

The Black Skirts (검정치마) is an indie rock one-man band consisting of Korean-American singer-songwriter Bryan Cho (also known as Holiday Cho or Jo Hyu-il).[2]. He, alone, makes up the vocalist, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, and percussionist of the band. Currently signed under HIGHGRND,[3][4] an independent music label.


Bryan Cho was born in Seoul but grew up in New Jersey, having moved to the United States at the age of eleven. Cho is trilingual, speaking Korean, English, and Spanish, and has released music in all three languages. In 2004 while living in New York City, he formed a punk rock band called Castel Prayon with two other members, which eventually became a one-man band. Later, Cho decided to return to Korea to pursue his music career, and changed the name of the band to The Black Skirts (검정치마).[5]

In 2008, Cho released his first album, 201. It contained ten tracks, including the title track, “Like Me” (좋아해줘). The album received much popularity within the Korean indie scene, and won the 7th Korean Pop Music Award for Best Modern Rock Album in early 2010.[6]

In 2009, Cho released an unofficial album titled My feet don't touch the ground (and i am so winded i can't sing for you today). A special edition of 201[7] was released on March 18, 2010.

On July 13, 2011, Cho released his second full-length album, Don't You Worry Baby (I'm Only Swimming).

On January 7, 2016, The Black Skirts signed under HIGHGRND. On January 28 a music video for the new single "Everything" was released[8] and the song became available for purchase the day after.[9]


  • 201 (2008)
  • My feet don't touch the ground (and i am so winded i can't sing for you today) (2009)
  • 201 (Special Edition) (2010)
  • Don't You Worry Baby (I'm Only Swimming) (2011)
  • My feet don't touch the ground (and i am so winded i can't sing for you today) (Re-release) (2012)
  • Hollywood (2015)
  • Everything (2016)
  • Team Baby (2017)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
2008 "Love Me"[10]
2010 "Dientes"[11]
2011 "International Love Song"[12]
"Our Young Love"[13]
2015 "Hollywood"[14]
2016 "Everything"[15]
"In My City Of Seoul"[16]
2017 "나랑 아니면 (Who Do You Love)"[17]


  1. ^ "The Black Skirts". Naver Music. Retrieved Nov 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ "K-pop Indie Gem: The Black Skirts". seoulbeats. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Indie band The Black Skirts joins HIGHGRND". Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  4. ^ "The Black Skirts". HIGHGRND. HIGHGRND. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "K-pop Indie Gem: The Black Skirts". seoulbeats. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  6. ^ Anna. "7th Korean Music Awards winners". Indieful ROK 2.0. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  7. ^ "201 (Special Edition)". Naver Music. Retrieved Nov 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "HIGHGRND's The Black Skirts releases full MV for 'Everything'". Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  9. ^ "Everything". Naver Music. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  10. ^ The Black Skirts. 좋아해줘 (Video). YouTube. 
  11. ^ The Black Skirts. Dientes (Video). [Sticky Monster Lab]. 
  12. ^ The Black Skirts. International Love Song (Video). [Doggy Rich]. 
  13. ^ The Black Skirts. 젊은 우리 사랑 (Video). [Doggy Rich]. 
  14. ^ The Black Skirts. Hollywood (Video). [DOGGY RICH]. 
  15. ^ The Black Skirts. Everything (Video). HIGHGRND. 
  16. ^ HIGHGRND (2016-03-14), [MV] 검정치마(The Black Skirts) - '내 고향 서울엔' (In My City Of Seoul), retrieved 2016-05-25 
  17. ^ The Black Skirts. 나랑 아니면 (Who Do You Love) (Video). HIGHGRND. 

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