One of the most prominent bands in the Korean indie scene, Glen Check, has now signed with the label Beast and Natives Alike, which is known to house the rapper ESens and duo XXX. This news came out yesterday along with the release of “Fakin'”, a collaboration between Glen Check’s Juneone and XXX’s Kim Ximya.
I was really happy when the news came out yesterday. Glen Check has been one of the bands in Korea I have had my eyes for. So let me give you a quick run down on who these men are.
The members, Kim JuneOne and Kang Hyukjun, met during highschool and later on worked together when they graduated, starting off with creating music every weekends until their goals broadened and led them to release songs officially. Their music revolves around electronic, electronic rock and dance pop but reiterates that they do not follow a specific genre all throughout but rather crave for different styles when creating songs. In recording and composing their songs, Glen Check is a duo. However, when on stage, they invite friends to perform with them, including their fellow members from the crew “The Basement Resistance”. Both of the members have once lived abroad and are well-versed in English, the reason behind most of their English lyrics.
They officially debuted in 2011 under Soundholic Entertainment with the EP “Disco Elevator” which they described as a “project in the box”. In 2012, they added a drummer to their band, Ryu Junyeol (currently doing drums for the KOXX). They released their album “Haute Couture”, named as such after describing their music as “custom-made”. Afterwards, Junyeol left the band and Glen Check continued to be a duo and later on released their 2-disc album “Youth!”. “Youth!” is described as bright and fun and was divided by band and DJ sets. Since they were traveling while creating the songs in this album, there were tracks that they had to create using a laptop and thus incorporating more electronic sounds into them than the usual band versions they have.
In 2014, the band was invited to perform at SXSW. The band has received awards especially for their album “Haute Couture” and is highly praised for their musical and visual experimentation. No Glen Check live performance would be complete without the incorporating outfits and visual representations through LED screens. Even with their cover artworks, art and creativity overflows. Glen Check hasn’t released a song recently, but Juneone has been active in the Korean DJ scene and has released numerous remixes and a single as well.
We can only imagine what else Glen Check will be able to bring to listeners and being with BANA will certainly help in making them more known globally.