Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Glen Check wowed crowd at Music Matters Live 2015

by Nurul’Amirah Bte Amran

“Boundary Pushing" Glen Check: (From left to right) Hyuk-Jun Kang and June-One Kim had started Glen Check together after graduating from high school followed by Jeon-Yeol Ryu who joined the duo in late 2011. PHOTO BY: Iskandar Rossali/Photo Republic

Music Matters Live (MML) was back for the 10th time running on 20 to 23 May 2015 at Clarke Quay. The venue boasted bright lights and exciting music as seventy over bands from all around the world came down to Singapore to perform over the span of four nights.

This year’s line-up included acts all the way from South Africa and Russia to neighbouring countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. KPOP NIGHT OUT, a segment brought by Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), brought in four South Korean talents like Sonamoo, Idiotape, Kingston Rudieska and Glen Check.

Glen Check, a South Korean Indie band consisting of singer and guitar player June-One Kim, bass and synthesizer player Hyuk-Jun Kang and drummer Jeon-Yeol Ryu, were part of the set list on the 21st.

True to their words, the band showcased brilliant visual aspects on stage while they performed five of their songs titled 60’s Cardin, Vogue Boys & Girls, Paint It Gold, Pacific and Anthem For The Wild Souls. Flashed across the huge LED backdrops were self-produced videos to accustom to the song’s respective mood and style.

For a fun and upbeat song like 60’s Cardin, the young boys had multiple graphics of a lone man in a tracksuit dancing to which their fans had mimicked the simple yet quirky movements. Meanwhile, Vogue Boys & Girls, a song which talks about youths featured a recording of Kim and Kang walking and playing their respective instruments against eye-catching and bright flashy background.

Noor Amalina Bte Mohamed, 24, had expressed her excitement upon seeing the band she has been an avid fan of since their debut. The pre-school teacher said, “Glen Check definitely did not disappoint my expectations tonight. The music and the visuals on stage, they were all exactly the same as what I have seen on videos online.”

Since their debut in 2011, Glen Check has also been recognised by music critiques for their ability at changing their genres with every album release. Despite that, they are also still able to maintain their ‘indie-dance and electro-rock with a strong European influence’ colour in their self-produced songs.

Loh Wan Qi, 21, a student at SIM mentioned how Glen Check’s much collaboration with different artistes like Clazziquai is what makes the band distinct from the rest. She said, “Glen Check’s ability to show different sides of their music while still sustaining their original style is what kept me a fan till today. They are very dedicated to their music plus they speak fluent English too!”

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