buttonThe Plastic Day
@ Club FF, Seoul (28th Feb. '09)

Climbing The Ranks

The Plastic Day
      Size really doesn't matter. Seoul's underground music scene may be small, but there is no shortage of great acts lurking in its many dingy basement clubs. One band quickly establishing themselves as a top-tier contender in the city's indie rock ranks are The Plastic Day.

The Plastic Day      Every time I witness The Plastic Day floor an unsuspecting audience with their awesome brand of sonic goodness I'm left utterly flabbergasted as I try to grasp why they aren't yet one of the biggest alterna-rock groups in the country. Tonight at Club FF was no different.

      A projection screen positioned in front of the stage rose to reveal The Plastic Day as they began playing "Sweet Girl", its slow building intro eventually bursting into a fast-paced, shoegaze-influenced slice of hard-hitting distorted rock. The song faded into the excellent "Storm", the growing audience happily nodding along to its psych-tinged rhythms. "Sunshine Kiss" allowed the trio to show off their awesome chops as Yoon Bum's powerful drumming and the waves of guitar noise from Sun Ho exploded into an insanely infectious number. The Plastic DayThe crowd of Koreans and foreigners cheered and eagerly danced along as Sun Ho belted out his impassioned lyrics and bassist Ho Sung, a continual beacon of cool, beat on his bass with a cigarette dangling from his mouth.

      Spacey guitar chords and Sun Ho's ragged vocals accented the tightly woven "Cut Off" fantastically. While "30 Sec", the shotgun-styled opener from 2007's Lady EP, showcased the raw intensity of The Plastic Day's early work and mixed nicely with the more complex, angular material that dominates the bulk of their anticipated upcoming full-length debut, 30 Seconds Between The Dreamer And The Realist.

The Plastic Day      The epic post-rock of "It's A Government Land" was met with roars of appreciation from the enamoured audience and paved the way for trippy instrumental closer "The Cocore … The Mustangs", whose title pays homage to two of The Plastic Day's favourite local bands. Seamlessly jumping between half-a-dozen sub-genres, the astounding piece of music inspired two older Korean gentlemen to play air guitar and air drums in the middle of FF's floor and left this writer simply muttering "fucking wow" as it sadly ended.

-- set list --

Sweet Girl/ Storm/ Sunshine Kiss/ Cut Off/ 30 Sec/ It's A Government Land/ The Cocore … The Mustangs
The Plastic Day

report by shawn and photos by hanasan
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