What do you get when you take hard-driving, linear rock music a la Queens of the Stone Age and Soundgarden and run it through a gauntlet of odd time-signatures, unexpected stops, multi-movement song sections, wailing vocals, and abstract, quasi-philosophical lyrics about sex, drugs, and literature? A progressive stoner-rock sandwich. In the case of Seoul rockers Magna Fall, this sandwich is in a constant process of changing ingredients, a mélange of sounds and textures slapped together to create one of the most unique and polished live rock shows in Korea.
Originally a three-piece foreign cover band from Incheon, Magna Fall have evolved over the last four years into a boundary-pushing, genre-defying international rock machine, and they are just getting started. With the thumping, off-time beats of drummer David Holden (Ireland), the sexy, spidery lines of bassist Lee Younsoo, the screaming, prodigious chops of guitarist Do Joongmo (Korea), and the double-lead guitar work and ball-to-the-wall melodies of singer/guitarist Kevin Heintz (USA), Magna Fall are a force and a testament to the enduring power of gritty yet familiar rock and roll, producing a sound and structure that harkens back to legends of classic and grunge-ere rock (Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Nirvana, STP), while blending elements of progressive rock (influenced by bands like Yes, Rush, Radiohead, TOOL, and Red Fang) seldom heard in the Korean indie scene.
Photo : Tank Engine [Headbangers Fest 2014]
Based in Seoul’s Hongdae area, they have steadily become more visible and well-known in the live music community, having performed on KBS’s Top Band, MBC’s Nanjang, and EBS’s Hello Rookie, and having played various large festivals in recent years such as Greenplugged and Pentaport. But with recognition comes the pressure to create a more mainstream sound, to pander to the widest possible audience. Magna Fall’s philosophy eschews this demand, and so their stage shows have grown increasingly tight and ecstatic. Buzzing with the energy that comes when artists are creating something completely new, each successive track the band releases builds in complexity and variety, encompassing a wide swath of styles—not to mention rhythms, volumes, speeds, and structures.
Hongdae does indeed have a thriving live music scene. But one finds that, for every truly innovative band, there are a dozen derivative acts playing a variation on that theme. For music fans who are looking to really let their hair down and rock out but to a sound they won’t find in other acts, Magna Fall is a must-see, as they deliver this at every show. And the bigger the audience, the higher the energy, the more memorable the experience. Check ‘em out.
Date : Oct 3rd (Fri) & Oct 4th (Sat) - 19:30
Venue : Freebird2 (Big Bird)
1 Day Ticket : 15,000won (10,000 won after 10PM)
2 Day Ticket : 25,000won (Adv : http://goo.gl/A0O19f)
Line Up :
Friday (Oct 3rd) : 비트닉스 (Beatnicks) / 티어파크 (Tierpark) / 청년들 (The Lads) / 노리스펙트포뷰티 (No Respect For Beauty) / 구텐버즈 (Guten Birds) / 맨 (Man)
Saturday (Oct 4th) : 뉴블루데쓰 (New Blue Death) / 마그나폴 (Magna Fall) / 24아워즈 (24 Hours) / 안녕바다 (Annyeong Bada) / 푸르내 (Blue Stream) / 위댄스 (We Dance)
For more information / news about Magna Fall, check them out at the following sites :
Buy Space Kitchen :
Melon : http://bit.ly/MPiNez
Olleh : http://bit.ly/1nfFYwe
Naver Music : http://bit.ly/1gThEMp
Hyundai Card Music : http://bit.ly/1f9TBpY
Bugs : http://bit.ly/1g20Epk
M.net : http://bit.ly/1cDCrkA
Daum Music : http://bit.ly/1fIB7D7