It seems like yesterday but is has been already two years since Alternative Space “Moon” (대안공간 ‘문’) opened its doors in Mullae-dong. Run by friends of mine, Moon offers concerts by all kinds of independent bands twice a month. There’s a stage, lighting and a little shop across the street to get drinks—all you need for a Saturday night out in Mullae (see Moon’s Facebook page for up-to-date news).
We didn’t have the time to go as often as we wanted to recently. But we couldn’t miss the birthday party. Armed with a rice-cream-cake, we arrived a bit late, but just in time for the last songs of “Same old Story”, an indie-band that makes melodic metalcore and screamo—fast and loud…
After a short break, “Mixed Blood” (hardcore punk rock) entered the stage. I missed most of their songs. As I returned downstairs, they were just ending their set with a birthday song. Then the birthday cake was cut.
The concert ended on a high note with “a supergroup comprised of members from a surprising variety of genres, including folk” (Gwangju News). With a blasting saxophone section and two great singers, “Soultrain” swept us away and made me dance after what seems like a whole decade of akinesia.
Personally, I think that this 대안공간 should chance it’s name: 대단공간 ‘문’. A loud “geonbae!” on the years to come.
– 17 Aug. 2013 (土)