Zandari Festa takes place at live venues across Hongdae from Oct. 4–7 and will feature nearly 110 bands from 17 different countries including Browsing Collection. Hailing from Sweden, the quartet play catchy hard rock accented with elements of punk and metal.
We spoke with guitarist Moa Lenngren ahead of the group’s showcase on Oct. 7 at Club FF.
For those unfamiliar with Browsing Collection, how would you describe your sound?
We once got told that our music is like a big, fat, tight slap in the face … but in a good way. We like that description! But to be a bit clearer, we play a kind of modern, catchy hard rock with some influences from blues, metal and punk. It’s pretty awesome, if we do say so ourselves!
This will be your second straight year playing at Zandari Festa. What made you want to return to the festival?
Last year we fell completely in love with Seoul and Zandari Festa. We met so many lovely people and got to see and bond with lots of brilliant bands. It was an amazing experience, and when we were asked if we wanted to come back again, it just felt like being asked to come home after a really long time. We’ve really missed South Korea and we’re so stoked come back!
What were some of your favorite Korean bands that you discovered at Zandari Festa last year?
The only downside of playing gigs almost every night is that you don’t have that much time to go see all the other bands that you’d hoped to. But there is one specific band that we got crazy about! I can’t even remember if we knew they were going to perform at the festival or not, but we heard their song in a playlist for Zandari Festa or something and it’s still one of the best songs of all time. I’m talking about Dead Buttons of course! They are performing again this year as well and we really, really need to see their showcase.
There are lots of talented acts from all of the world playing at Zandari Festa. Why should fest-goers come and see Browsing Collection?
We always perform with high intensity and deliver a crazy show you’ll never forget.
Playing live is the best feeling in the world and we guarantee that you’ll be affected by our high energy and tight riffs! Make sure to warm up, especially your neck, before heading to a Browsing Collection show. Seriously, not everyone can handle it. Also, expect terrible small talk and maybe some crappy rock n’ roll moves.
Tell us something about Browsing Collection that would probably surprise most people.
One thing that actually still surprises people the most is the genre that we play. For some reason, people still get a bit confounded when they see four young girls looking hella cute and getting onstage to bang our heads, scream our lungs out and shred fast solos. In our country –and probably all over the world – hard rock and metal fans seem to only expect a bunch of hairy, old men delivering hard rocking tunes. So here we are, breaking the norms and we couldn’t care less what people think because we love what we do! What also might be surprising is that you might assume we’re super cool rock stars, but we’re actually just a bunch of nerds who spend our weekends eating nachos, playing video games and cuddling with cats.