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Galaxy Express Promises American Audience With Angry Performance At SXSW 2017

By March 7, 2017 at 7:53 am
Galaxy Express will be attending SXSW for the fourth time (Photo : Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Universal Music)

Garage rockers Galaxy Express has promised its American audience that they will be blowing off steam with them at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017. 11 Korean artists will be going to Austin, Texas this month for the event.

The group, which has three members: Lee Ju-Hyun playing bass, Kim Hee-Kwon on drums and Park Jong-hyun on guitar, will be featured in the music festival for the fourth time. Their music is described as psychedelic rock 'n' roll.

The group is confident that, even though they are in their 30s, they are still the most energetic Korean acts in the industry today. Park Jong-hyun described themselves as "three veteran soldiers" when they perform.

He noted that they start and end hardcore. This year, they are planning to perform at SXSW 2017 with the American audience in mind.

"I heard there are many angry people in America because Donald Trump was elected president," bassist Lee Ju-Hyun said. "Our show is good for angry audiences. We will blow off steam with you, America."

Galaxy Express has appeared at SXSW since 2011. They were part of the first "K-pop Night Out" showcase organized by Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA). They were formed in 2006 and has fans all over the world in countries like France, Taiwan, Japan, England, Russia and Hong Kong.

Park Jong-hyun also said that they want to let people know that musicians in Korea are more than just K-pop idols. They did admit that K-pop is more popular and that they do not need to show that they're different.

The SXSW 2017 lineup for K-Pop Night Out includes Red Velvet, Hyolyn of SISTAR, punk-garage trio Galaxy Express, seminal Korean punk rockers No Brain, singer-songwriter Big Phony, and hip-hop pioneers Drunken Tiger joined by singer/rapper Yoonmirae.

Other Korean artists such as Kim Ban-Jang and Windy City, Glen Check, Luna Lee, Neon Bunny and XXX will also take part in SXSW 2017. Korean artists who will be performing at U.K.'s The Great Escape are Sultan of the Disco, the Barberettes, and the Monotones, as well as rapper MC Sniper.

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