After a successful run at Zandari Festa in early October, Estonian electro band I Wear* Experiment is returning to South Korea next month for a solo concert series to take place in Seoul and Busan.
The trio – made up of Hando Jaksi, Mikk Simson and Johanna Eenma – has been hailed for its experimentation and cinematic soundscapes and are said to be “visually and sonically impeccable” live, according to their press release. They create “edgy big banger beats and synths with a touch of Florence and The Machine-like graceful vocals.”
“I had been desperate to see I Wear* Experiment live ever since they applied for Zandari Festa and I checked out their song ‘Patience.’ The band did not disappoint,” said Patrick Connor from DoIndie, who is bringing the band back to Korea. “It didn’t matter if they were playing a stripped back set in the intimate setting of a radio studio or a full on set in one of the bigger venues… they killed it every time and blew us all away. I am already looking forward to them coming back to Korea so I can see them again.”
The group started in 2012 and by 2013, were already being named one of the top five bands to see by Estonian media at the biggest summer festival in the Baltics, the Positivus Festival. That same year, their song “Memories” was added to The Indie Rock Playlist compilation album alongside Bloc Party, The Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand. At the end of the year, their song “Spring is Cold This Year” was made the official score for the Estonian president’s holiday greeting card.
The band said they began their journey into electronic pop music “to bring back the punch and aggressiveness that they feel has gone missing over time.”
They have released three EPs – “Crickets Empire I”, “Crickets Empire II,” and “Crickets Empire III” – and this year dropped their debut album “Patience” in April, which received good feedback and a lot of airplay on radio stations like KCRW. It was also featured in the movie “The Polar Boy.” They won the “Go Change the World Award” this year from music industry professionals and journalists at Tallinn Music Week 2016, which is given to artists with the most international breakthrough potential.
I Wear* Experiment will first play in Seoul on Jan. 6 at Freebird in Hongdae. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. and also features Silica Gel, Asian Chairshot and DTSQ on the lineup.
The following night, Jan. 7, they will play at The Vinyl Underground in Busan, starting at 8:30 p.m., with Leaves Black, 57 (Oh-Chill) and 3Volt joining them on stage.
Tickets for both shows are 15,000 won in advance on the DoIndie website and 20,000 won at the door.
Seoul Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1419525948354549/
Busan Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/616573478545623/
DoIndie Ticket Page: (Seoul) http://www.doindie.co.kr/events/i-wear-experiment-seoul; (Busan) http://www.doindie.co.kr/events/i-wear-experiment-busan
Story by Emma Kalka