Sailor Honeymoon Releases Self-titled Debut EP via Seoul/London Label Good Good 굿굿

Photo Cr. Abi Raymaker 

Korean punk trio Sailor Honeymoon return with their infectious debut EP ‘Sailor  Honeymoon’, a fresh new punk-rock offering that references various sub-genres of punk past and present while challenging the dominant idea of Korean music as K-pop. 

The Seoul-based 3-piece burst onto the scene in May last year with their explosive  debut single “Cockroach” which came out via new the Seoul-via-London label Good  

Good 굿굿 Records.  BBC 6 Music-championed “Cockroach” was heralded as an ‘important arrival’ in the vein  of The Ramones, Kim Gordon and Bikini Kill.

Bad Apple”, a track written about an ugly vibe within the friendship group, received  support from BBC 6, BBC 1, and BBC 2. The music video, directed by Kim Taeyoung,  was nominated for the upcoming Focus Wales Film Festival. 

“PMS Police” is the satirical follow-up about “the way people sometimes freak out over a  PMSing woman”. 

“Fxxk Urself” , the fourth and final single, is “a song dedicated to all the fuckboys”. 

The 8-track project was tracked live over a week in London by producer Luke Smith  (Foals, Depeche, Shura) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts,  Temples). 

The band’s intention is to create noisy, loose, and improvised on-the-spot rock music, accompanied by the freedom to say whatever they want to. This unfiltered way of  making music is an intentional act of rebellion in a country known for its heavily  commercialised pop industry. 

“Sailor Honeymoon” was born as a collaboration between photographer Abi Raymaker  장인화 and techno DJ Zaeeun Shin 신재은. Their vision was realised at jams with other  friends in a shared practice room where their noisy loose improvisation was charged  with chemistry, a small act of rebellion in a country where pop culture encourages artists  (and women) to be flawless and pristine. The spontaneity of the project leads Sailor  Honeymoon to do things like swapping instruments when jamming and calling all their  female fans onstage at shows, earning them a growing reputation in Seoul's music  scene. 

Raymaker says,

“For us, Sailor Honeymoon is our chance to express ourselves without  being edited or corrected in any way. We’re not perfect musicians and we’re not  mimicking anything in particular. We take inspiration from stuff directly around us too,  from women in our scene, or from each other, and run with it rather than trying to make  something clean or perfect.” 

They will celebrate the EP’s release with an all-female lineup show in Seoul on 3 May  2024, in advance of a run of shows in the UK and France with a London headline at  Sebright Arms on 14 May 2024. Tickets can be found in the link.

Homemade photo zines of the album-making process and “Korean Girls Invented Punk  Rock Not England” T-shirts will be for sale at all shows.  

‘Sailor Honeymoon’ is out now on Good Good 굿굿 Records.

Ciera Reeves

Ciera is the founder of KpopWise. She has been a fan of Korean pop culture since 2005 and writing about it since 2009. Her bias groups are VIXX and OnlyOneOf. She is a 2nd-3rd generation K-pop fan, but she is actively keeping up with the current artists. twitter instagram

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