How would you describe your musical style?
Kyunghyun: We make psychedelic rock music. It’s dark and noisy but beautiful at the same time. We hope you enjoy what you hear.
How did the band form?
Boong: Our vocalist Ahreum and guitarist Jeehye formed Juck Juck Grunzie back in 2007. They had been friends for a while and liked the idea of making an all-female band that put on really interesting and fun performances. When they first started gigging as Juck Juck Grunzie they had a different bassist and drummer. I took over bass duties in 2010 and Kyunghyun started drumming for Juck Juck at the end of last year, so he’s still kind of a newbie! Juck Juck began as a female group, but now we’re three ladies and one very cool and talented guy!
How did you come up with the band name and what does it mean?
Boong: From what I’ve heard, Ahreum and Jeehye chose the name while chatting over food at a party. The name is actually Korean. It relates to being lonely, but there’s a bit more of a nuance to it that’s tough to translate.
What’s the first song you learned to play?
Boong: The first song I learned to play on the bass was “Soldier of Fortune” by Deep Purple. When I was 20, I took bass lessons for a month. My teacher used to watch Deep Purple videos with all the bass students.
What artists have influenced you?
Kyunghyun: Placebo, Radiohead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Toe, Jojo Mayer
Boong: Joy Division, King Crimson, Deerhoof
Your sound is quite unconventional, are there any non-musical sounds that you particularly like to hear?
Kyunghyun: I like to hear different machine sounds.
Boong: I like the repetitive sounds washing machines make.
Would it be true to say that the post-punk movement has influenced you?
Boong: Yes, especially in the band’s early years. Our 2011 EP, “Soundchecking,” was heavily influenced by post-punk and noise rock. But on our 2013 full-length debut, “Psycho,” we drew more inspiration from psychedelic music and ‘70s rock.
Being a rock star is a cool job, what are the downfalls?
Boong: We don’t know. We play in an indie band in Seoul, so we’re still a far way away from being rock stars. But if we ever become rock stars, we’ll definitely let you know if there are any downfalls! I’m guessing one of the benefits would be having more money, something I think all of us would be quite happy with.
Could you leave a message for your European fans?
Kyunghyun: We’re going to be traveling to Europe for some shows very soon. This will be our first time touring in Europe so we’re really, really excited! We’ll be starting our tour by playing two gigs at Glastonbury, which is absolutely amazing to us! We still can’t believe that we’re going to have the opportunity to perform at such a renowned festival. And after that, we’re going to be playing shows in London and Berlin. If you live in the UK or Germany we hope we can meet you at one of our upcoming concerts. And if you don’t live in those places, we hope we can come back to Europe again soon and meet you somewhere else. Thanks so much for reading about Juck Juck Grunzie!