Alongside …Whatever That Means‘ and Full Garage‘s recent releases, World Domination, Inc also released a compilation featuring 10 of South Korea’s punk bands and Iman’s League from Singapore. The 22 track album includes one cover and one original song from each band. This split of songs shows two things, each band’s love of music and introducing themselves to people who don’t know Korea’s punk scene.
Them & Us 2: Korea’s Punks at Thunderhorse Studios is presented with a good variety of styles. From Full Garage’s skate punk, Skasucks‘ ska to The Kitsches‘ hardcore and The Veggers‘ garage punk; this album will have a band that you will enjoy. It’s also great to hear the bands cover different songs like Skasucks covering Bruce Lee Band‘s “Don’t Sit Next To Me (Just Because I’m Asian)” or …Whatever That Means covering The Bouncing Souls‘ “Say Anything.” The energy on Them & Us 2 reminds me a lot of old punk compilations I bought back when I was younger.
There are some bands that I’ve only heard of and it’s a great chance to finally hear them like Chain Reaction and Pegurians. If there was one thing I want, it’s simply another set of bands. I only know of one other Korean punk compilation that I found by chance seven years ago called We Are The Punx In Korea which was released in 2002. Them & Us 2 provides another snapshot of current punk bands in 2016. These 10 bands are just a few that are part of the small, but strong Korean punk rock scene.
Them & Us 2: Korea’s Punks at Thunderhorse Studios brings forward exactly what punk rock needs. An entry into the genre. The covers provide a way for people to hear songs they might know and the originals showcase the talent of the bands. It would be amazing if every punk band could be included, but this sample is a big step forward.
…Whatever That Means
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