Crying Nut is one of the “must listen” bands of Korean rock. Their long career has spanned over fifteen years and have influenced many bands and the music community in South Korea. They last ventured to the United States in 2012 and announced dates for 2014 as their second visit to showcase their individual sound and style to the world by playing at SXSW 2014 and other select dates.

Unfortunately, while problems have delayed their first shows, if you’re attending SXSW or will be in Los Angeles on March 18th, Crying Nut is a band that you must see at least once in your life.

I’ve seen them three times and each show has been amazing.

Missy interviewed Yoonsik and Insoo from the band.

– Chris

March 11 Austin, TX @ (10:30 pm) Elysium (Official SXSW Showcase)
March 13 Austin, TX @ (5:15 pm) Spider House Cafe and Ballroom (The Texas Rock N Roll Massacre 2)
March 14 Austin, TX @ (4:30 pm) The Dog & Duck Pub (Exchange Entertainment presents)
March 15 Austin, TX @ (6 pm) Antone’s Records (Freddie Steady’s 14th Annual Frontier a Go Go Rock & Roll Hootenanny)
March 16 San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
March 18 Los Angeles, CA @ Cafe Nela

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If you can describe your band in three words, what would they be?

Yoonsik Park: Hm … how about energetic, romantic, and drinking!
Insoo Kim: I’d have to say “Are You Nuts?” or maybe “Fever and passion.”

Do you expect your March US tour to be different from your 2012 North America tour?

Yoonsik Park: Yes, I think this tour will be different. In 2012, we were touring with two other Korean bands. But this time around we’re heading over on our own. I think this will give us the chance to meet a lot of more bands. The 2012 tour was a lot of fun. I think this tour will be really good too!

What inspires Crying Nut to make music? Do you do anything to keep yourselves fresh and creative?

Insoo Kim: I think all of us are inspired by everything we encounter in life. Everything we see and do affects us a people and musicians.

Yoonsik Park: We drink and play music together to keep ourselves fresh and creative. Both activities are two of our most favorite things to do in the whole world!

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How do you think the members of Crying Nut have changed over the last 15+ years?

Yoonsik Park: Our thinking is pretty much the same. And thankfully our looks haven’t changed that much either. We’re still the same handsome group of guys we’ve always been! But I think we’re a lot more considerate of each other now.

What do you think keeps Crying Nut still relevant and attractive to the younger generation/crowd?

Yoonsik Park: We play with a lot of energy and our live shows are a lot of fun! We try and inject humor into our lyrics too. I think this makes our music and performances enjoyable for rock and punk fans of all ages.

Are there any other genres of music that Crying Nut want to experiment with in the future?

Yoonsik Park: All members of the band are into a wide array of music. I think we try and work in different aspects of all the styles everyone likes when writing songs. So in the future, I think we’ll definitely continue adding aspects from different genres into our songs. Personally, I’d like to do more some stuff with Romani music.

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What is your favorite song on Flaming Nuts?

Yoonsik Park: I really like the song “Lego!”

Insoo Kim: My favorite song on Flaming Nuts is “Summer” because it’s got a strong Mexican flavor to it. I’d love to tour in Mexico one day and enjoy of the delicious food and tequila there!

Do you have any interesting or funny stories from making Flaming Nuts?

Yoonsik Park: We tried doing many different things when we recorded “Lego.” We used different funny sound effects and put filters on the vocals. It was a lot of fun experimenting with the track and I’m really happy with how things turned out.

What advice would you like to share to new bands that are beginning to play music in 2014?

Yoonsik Park: Listen to as many different kinds of music as you can. Learn from and get inspired from lots of different styles and musicians. And most importantly, have lots of fun and love what you do.

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Check out our 2012 interview with the band during Seoulsonic 2K12

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