I really like 24Hours. From the first song I saw when they played at Salon Badabie during my trip in November to when I was able to listen to their first single, I have enjoyed listening to their music. 24Hours are also a young band in terms of how long they’ve been together, but their energetic playing is infectious.

After finishing the mini-doc, I contacted Trippersound and asked if the band would be able to introduce themselves. Even though they’re currently working on their first full-length, they took the time to answer my questions.


Can you introduce 24Hours?

24Hours는 브리티쉬 사운드를 기반으로 한 개러지 록 음악을 추구하는 밴드입니다.

We are 24Hours. Our band’s music is based on British sound combined with Garage Rock.

How did the band start?

고등학교 때 음악을 배우면서 알던 친구들끼리 20살에 다시 모여 재미로 합주를 하곤 했습니다.
그러다 이승진 (vocal/guitar)이 작업한 곡과 목소리를 듣고 본격적으로 밴드를 시작하게 되었습니다.

We got to know each other as we were getting into music. We reunited when we turned 20 to practice and jam. Then SeungJin Lee (vocal/guitar) composed to some music — we liked his voice and music so we officially formed the band.

Where did the influence of British garage rock come from?

김혜미 (guitar): 평소 이승진 (vocal/guitar)이 고등학생 때부터 영국 음악을 많이 들려주곤 했어요.
이 후 제가 대학교에서 음악을 하면서도 주변 친구들과 교수님들이 들려준 음악에서도 영향을 많이 받은 것 같습니다.

HyeMi Kim (guitar): SeungJin (vocal/guitar) used to share some British music with us since high school. Afterwards, while I was in university and performed music, we got naturally influenced by friends as well as professors.

What are 24Hours goals for 2013?

롹스타!!! (하하하하)

김혜미(guitar): 봄에 정규앨범을 내고 큰 공연에 많이 서고 싶어요. 올 해 있을 록 페스티벌 무대는 꼭 해야 하고요, 공중파 방송에도 출연해 저희를 많이 알리고 싶습니다. 기회가 된다면 가까운 외국에도 가서 공연을 하고 싶어요.

Rock star!!!! (hahaha)

HyeMi Kim (guitar): When we release our official album in Spring, we’d like to perform for bigger crowd and stage. We plan to attend music festivals this year and also try to get introduced on television. We would love to perform internationally.

What bands are you listening to now?

이승진(vocal): Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, Strokes, Foster The People … 등등!
김혜미(guitar): 최근 RATM을 들으면서 다같이 연습실에서 뛰어 놀기도 했어요. (하하)

SeungJin Lee (Vocal): Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, Strokes, Foster The People … and such!
HeyMi Kim (guitar): Recently we had some dancing party listening to RATM during our practice! (haha)

What does the band think of the Korean indie scene?

강지원(Drum): 처음 밴드를 시작할 때 보단 한국 인디 문화를 찾는 사람이 많아지고 트렌드화 되고 있다고 생각해요. 대중들이 더욱 더 인디 음악에도 관심을 가지게 되면 이 문화가 더욱 더 발전 될 거라 믿고 있습니다.

Jiwon Kang (Drums): I definitely think that there is more exposure and trends to follow Korean indie culture. I think that as the interest grows for Korean music, the Korean indie culture will evolve.

What do you think of Korean music becoming popular internationally?

김혜미(guitar): 드디어 이런 날이 오는구나!! 싶었어요. 한국 밴드들이 미국투어를 하기도 하고, 싸이의 강남스타일이 전세계적으로 유명해지기도 했고요. 우리나라 음악이 외국에 알려지고 있다는 그 자체가 참 자랑스럽고 기분 좋은 일인 것 같아요!

HyeMi Kim (Guitar): This day has finally come, I thought. Not only Psy got huge globally, but Korean bands have started doing US tours. The fact that Korean music gets heard outside of Korea is truly heartwarming and proud phenomenon!

What were your difficulties in doing Korean indie music?

이승진(vocal/guitar): ‘인디밴드 음악’ 이라는 단어 때문에 듣는 걸 꺼려하시는 분들이 많더라고요. 낯설게 느끼시는 분들이 많았어요. 하지만! 24Hours의 음악을 듣는 순간 누구나 어깨가 덩실덩실 할 거라고 생각해요. 그만큼 모든 인디 음악도 대중들이 쉽게 다가갈 수 있는 음악이라고 생각해요.

SeungJin Lee (vocal/guitar): I’ve encountered some people who were reluctant to listen to us because we are labeled as an “Indie band.” I think the concept of indie band can be a bit foreign to some people. But 24Hours’s music will definitely make you dance. Like that, indie music is actually really approachable.

If you could tour the United States, where would you like to play?

미국에서 투어를 한다면 어디서 공연하고 싶으신가요?

강지원(drum): 뉴욕! 개인적으로 여행으로도 가고 싶은 곳이기도 하고요, 24시간 활발한 도시 같은 분위기가 나는 곳이잖아요.

Jiwon Kang (Drums): New York! I personally want to visit, but New York is like active and sleepless city for 24 hours!

Anything to say to readers?

저희 24Hours가 작년 봄에 발매했던 싱글 앨범에 이어 이번 봄에 정규 1집 앨범도 발매 준비를 하고 있습니다. 많이 기대해주시고요, 공연장에서 자주 뵈었으면 좋겠습니다! 같이 즐겨요! 감사합니다!

We are preparing our first official album this Spring after our single last Spring. We hope that you come to our shows and see what we’ve got for you!
Let’s enjoy together! Thank you!

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I can’t wait until 24Hours complete their new album and I get to listen to it. The answers they gave in the interview show their energy and are a great view into the younger generation of bands currently playing. If you ever get to Seoul, I highly recommend seeing the band live.

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