Hyukoh is an indie band from South Korea. They were formed in May, 2014, under HIGHGRND. Hyukoh has four members, Oh Hyuk (vocalist and guitarist), Im Dong-gun (bassist), Lim Hyun-jae (main guitarist), and Lee In-woo (drummer).
For their first debut in 2014, Hyukoh released the mini album 20. After their performance in the Summer Music Festival from Infinite Challenge, Hyukoh has been on the upswing. They’re the first band that was put together under HIGHGRND, a sub-label of YG Entertainment, and are managed by Tablo. Mostly, their music is indie pop and indie rock.
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Comes and Goes
Wi Ing Wi Ing
Official website: hyukoh.com
#6 Royal Pirates
Royal Pirates is a Korean-American band which was formed in 2004, originally under the name Fading From Dawn. Previously, the band had four members, Kim Moon-chul as guitarist and vocalist, Richard Kim as bassist, James Lee as bassist, and EXSY (Sooyoon) as drummer. James Lee was joined the group in 2009 to replace Richard Kim.
The group’s original was Fading From Dawn, but after Richard Kim’s death, the group’s name was changed and they started using the name Royal Pirates in 2013. The band used to perform in music festivals in California, USA, such as the annual Korean Festival in Orange County.
Their popularity began with from their YouTube channel, through their song’s cover. Their first single, Royal Villain, was released on the internet in 2009, followed by Sooyoon’s song, Like Butterflies. In 2010, Royal Pirates also released Disappear. They said that the music video was a declaration towards the fans and also for the band’s promotion. In 2017, James Lee announced his departure from Royal Pirates due to his health.
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Drawing The Line
N.Flying is a Korean rap/rock band from FNC Entertainment and was formed in 2009. The members are Kwon Kwang-jin as the bassist and rapper, Lee Seung-hyub as the guitarist, vocalist, and rapper, Cha Hun as the vocalist and main guitarist, Yoo Hoe-seung as the main vocalist, and Kim Jae-hyun as the drummer.
The name ‘N.Flying’ combines ‘New‘ and ‘Flying‘, which also means ‘new wings‘ or ‘new escape‘. N.Flying’s single, Basket, entered the Indie Oricon music chart in Japan. Previously, Kwon Kwang-jin was the bassist of CNBLUE, which was also formed under FNC Entertainment, but he left the band in 2010 and continued his career with the other trainees in FNC Entertainment, Lee Seung-hyub, Cha Hun, Yoo Hoe-seung and Kim Jae-hyun and formed as N.Flying.
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Official website: fncent.com/NFLYING
Lunafly or LUNAFLY is a Korean band formed by Nega Network. Their official debut was in 2012 with their self-composed single, How Nice Would It Be. Lunalfy consists of Sam Carter and Han Seung-yun, and the previous members were Shin Tae-ho, Jin and Yub.
The band released their debut album, Super Hero, in iTunes worldwide. How Nice Would It Be became a hit single, and their agency also invested a huge amount of money for the music video, whether it was for their accessories, their hairstyles, their outfits, and other things.
Mostly, their music is released in digital format, and netizens have given them a lot of support. Lunafly also released an English version of their single Super Hero, followed by their first concert in Japan. In April, 2013, they released the album Fly to Love. The band gained a lot of popularity worldwide by holding a lot of concerts in Latin America, performing in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, and Brazil.
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Fly To Love
How Nice Would It Be
Nell is a South Korean indie rock band which was formed in 2001. The band’s name was inspired by the Jodie Foster movie with the same title, Nell. Nell consists of Kim Jong-wan as the vocalist, keyboardist, and guitarist, Lee Jae-kyong as the lead guitarist, Lee Jung-hoon as the bassist, and Jung Jae-won as the drummer.
Some of their hit singles are Stay, Thank You, and Good Night. One of their albums, Healing Process, was chosen as one of the five best recordings by South Korean critics. Another album, Separation Anxiety, became a new hit in South Korea and hit #1 on various music charts. Not only have they gained a lot of popularity in South Korea, but Nell also spread their wings in Japan and the USA, gaining a huge amount of popularity.
In 2016, Nell moved to a new label called Space Bohemian, and released a new album called C, with the hit single Dream Catcher.
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Ocean of Light