Sunshine State is from Toronto and their pop-acoustic sound and quirky narratives are quickly earning them fans in Canada, the US, UK, and Japan. Band members include, Aleza (vocals) and veteran Canadian musician, James Bryan (guitar/producer). James is a former member of The Philosopher Kings and Prozzak and is an award winning producer and songwriter who has worked with an long list of musicians, including Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson and Divine Brown. A few years ago, James was looking for a different kind of voice to use on his solo album, Beautiful World (2005), and was blown away when his long-time friend Aleza sang for it. The two took the album across Canada and started writing Sunshine State songs along the way.
Sunshine State’s self-titled debut album was released in May 2007 and since then they have been described as a “brilliant live show.” We talked with them about this, coming to Korea, and “Drug Dealer” – the song everyone is curious about. (more…)
This weekend Club Spot in Hongdae, Seoul will host 24 hours of punk rock from Korea and Japan. Part One starts at 5pm with Japanese Oi Punk skinheads Booted Cocks, Raise A Flag, 100 Hooligans and The Tabloid Play. w15000 at the door. Part Two, from 11pm until 6am, has over a dozen Korean punk bands including Crying Nut and No Brain. w10000 at the door.
As mentioned in this month’s schedule, the 6th annual Jarasum Jazz Festival was one of the better jazz performances I’ve seen in person. A few flaws kept it from being an even better show, but it’s an event I’ll be looking for next year when October rolls around again. (more…)