kourier > [Special] The (rather) Nutty, Crying Nut
Talent it seems, had found a bunch of people to possess.
(Left to Right) Han Kyung Rok, Park Yun Sik, Lee Sang Myun, Kim In Soo and Lee Sang Hyuk.
Crying Nut – hailed as the ‘pioneers of Korea’s punk rock scene’. The quintet is one of Korean rock’s major success stories, having won over audiences in record amounts with their distinctive brand of punk rock. We had the privilege of catching their exhilarating, fist pumping, and crowd-jumping live gigs at HP’s Music Matters Live. Better yet, we managed to wangle the raucous, lively group down for a chat.
For those unfamiliar, let us introduce you to the people behind the unique sounds and rambunctious live shows of Crying Nut. Firstly, we have Park Yoon Sik, the lead vocal with a great rock star stage presence, Han Kyung Rok, the bassist, who kind of reminds us of our happy-go-lucky uncle who has had too much to drink, the bespectacled Lee Sang Myun and his twin Lee Sang Hyuk who play the guitar and drums respectively and Kim In Soo, resident accordion and keyboardist, whose face tends to be in a perpetual state of ‘I don’t give a rat’s a**’ even while energetically pulling the accordion.
Crying Nut’s frontman, Park Yoon Sik.
Crying Nut is an animated and dynamic band; as a group that has been around for 18 years, what keeps them together is simply their life long friendship, their brotherhood, having schooled together and for a few, even going through national service for their country. They showed their rare, serious side when asked what Crying Nut means to them. They responded with profound answers such as ‘my life’, ‘my family’, even referencing Led Zeppelin and AC/DC’s famous contradictory song titles ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and ‘Highway to Hell’. However, they’re also known for being quirky, drawing laughter with answers like ‘the mafia’ and ‘my job’ thrown in during our little meet-up.
The group live up to their vivacious and funny reputations, when asked how they go about preparing for their live performances. Yoon Sik mentioned his personal ritual of chewing gum before each gig, and went on to say with mock indignance that the wily thing’s banned in Singapore [insert handcuffed action-followed by getting hit-and then some spontaneous butt-hitting with Kyung Rok who was beside him]. Sang Myun followed up with a comment on needing ginseng to get him going, drawing laughter from us as well as his band members. They even graciously hammed it up for our shameless request for a shout out to kourier, which you can catch in our video.
Let’s just end this by proclaiming that Crying Nut is loud, in a good way. Considered veterans of Korean punk rock, they belt out infectious tunes, raucous lyrics, and project this huge energy and spunk to their audiences to produce a carefree, zealous and sometimes melancholy body of music. But for Korean punk rock pioneers, they are surprisingly unpretentious and down-to-earth.
Here’s our exclusive video interview with Crying Nut:
And also, check out some these performances by Crying Nut over at Music Matters!
1) 좋지 아니한가
2) 밤이 깊었네
Lastly, don’t forget to head to our gallery to see what else we managed to capture, at Music Matters 2011.