Dark, comic, and entertaining: how else can we describe this MV from Drug Restaurant? JJY Band, rebranded as Drug Restaurant, released their first EP as with their new name on 27th May 2016 along with a MV for their title track ‘Mistake’ which is a refreshing MV release given the more choreography-heavy MVs and releases in the last six months.

The MV portrays the story of a new waiter, played by Park Hyun Soo, and the hardships he must go through on his first day. However, whilst things are as difficult as one would expect, things take a tragicomic turn when Park Hyun Soo can’t take anymore and goes on a rampage in the restaurant.

It’s one of those MVs that makes us really sympathise with the protagonist and complemented with the fantastically heavy rock track, impassions us with the the same vigour and nerve as the MV itself. Fight the system is all I can say!

Two things make this MV what is it. Firstly, the story itself is so multi-faceted: it’s comic, frustrating, hilarious at points, ironic, tragic. It’s such an intriguing watch, and together with the pace, the characters, the setting, and the situation, has all the elements of a rather interesting MV drama. Whilst we can tell from watching the MV what the story is, the way in which the track fits with the story is perfect and is even more than what one would expect of an MV for this kind of track.

The second aspect is the actual presentation of the band performance: it’s wonderfully shot, and gives us a good look at all the members with their natural talents. Just watching the band is mesmerising and engaging, and a part of me wanted to see them more if the actual drama element of the MV wasn’t as interesting as it ended up being.

Whether or not this MV is a critique of work ethic and employment expectations in Korea, or just a commentary on Korean social custom especially in terms of hospitality where making even a small mistake is not a small matter, Drug Restaurant tackled it perfectly and made an engaging watching without detracting from the track. Here’s hoping that Drug Restaurant release more!

Review by Tariq

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