Posted on July 01, 2015
Ildu Kim : We changed our band name when we changed members. At first, it was Nanbongkkun(which means ‘a libertine’), then Mamason, and now Genius. We just use what ever names come out of our mouths.
Ildu : We used to play rock music in bars in Busan, and now here we are playing in a band together. I assume that this is one of God’s plans.
Steve : I also have a solo project. My solo songs are all about my dog, Belle. They are too beautiful and pure to share with this world.
Casey : I like Ildu's solo music. People tell me it's sad. I can't understand Korean, so his music doesn't make me sad. Not being able to understand Korean makes me sad.
Steve : One of the first times we spoke, he said to me: "My girlfriend is on the moon. There are thousands of them." I pictured a moon populated by thousands of lunar girlfriends. Sometimes this kind of misunderstanding is better than understanding.
Casey : I don't understand this question.
Ildu : We’ve not fought physically yet, but since we’re all different kinds of people I think there will be inner conflicts. Getting along with each other requires mutual concession and care.
Steve : I think we operate according to only two principles; 1. Don't be too serious. 2. Try to maintain some integrity.
This sounds simple, but it gets confusing. If we're actually worried about our integrity, aren't we taking ourselves and the threat too seriously? On the other hand, if we're not serious, can we be true to ourselves? This is the only worthwhile fight to consider.
Casey : I actually didn't think we had any principles.
Ildu : It is danceable and I like that kind of beat and melody. I can dance as cool as the dancer in the music video.
Steve : This song reminds me of bars I've drunk at back home, ones with unchanging jukeboxes, Bud Light pitchers, and pool tables missing balls, where all the women are old, divorced, and ready to party. Those were good times.
Ildu : In Busan there are lots of awesome active bands, although they don’t have as much experience as Unchained, and they’re striving to make their dreams come true. I think we can call Busan the best Rock N Roll city under the 38th parallel.
Steve : I think Busan has more musicians than fans. Is that good or bad?
Casey : Both Busan and Seoul have bad drivers and dirty air. Busan has the ocean. Seoul does not. Busan wins.
Ildu : I think Steve said it sometime at a show. It is true. Sometimes it feels like we’re not punk, we are nothing even. We’re just drunk and playing our songs together in that moment.
Steve : In Dolce in Cheonan, I asked Casey, "What do you think about this?" I was making all kinds of shitty slogans back then, trying to find a musical identity I think. Anyways, he was open-minded and said, "It might be funny during a show. Once." I agreed. But somehow it stuck.
Casey : I remember IlDu saying it at a show once. And it was funny once. When something becomes a slogan, I guess it's no longer funny; it's for branding.
Ildu : When we're together it's always a good time.
Steve : We are brothers. Ildu is our guitar. Casey is our drums. This is the way things should be.
Ildu : Johnny Cash, Ramones, Torment, Leonard Cohen, Nirvana, Kim Minki.
Steve : Hara, Taeyeon, Eunjung.
Casey : Matt Barrick, Stephen Morris, Keith Moon, and Kenney Jones are drummers I've ripped off that I'm aware of.
Ildu : I will read books while thinking of good things.
Steve : I will tell my great-grandchildren stories about iPods and the medals I won in World War II.
Casey : I don't want to live that long.
Ildu : It must be full of fun and joy.
Steve : In Ezra Pound's poem, "The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter," the wife writes to her traveling lover about living together as "two small people, without dislike or suspicion." I want something like that. I will get rich and live on a green청도 peach farm, close to the river, with 50 dogs, 3 wives, and a kitten. His name will be Roscoe Howard IV.
Casey : I want to quit my job and travel more.
English Translation : Patrick Connor
Edited by : Jamie Leigh Gilbert
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Date : July 12th (Sun) 18:00
Venue : Hyundai Understage (Itaewon)
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