Seoul punk band Machines release raucous debut album.
Earlier this weekend, Seoul-based punk band Machines released their debut album Be Nice. The three-piece is made up of Ali Safavi, Michael and Paul Johnson who have been involved in Seoul’s alt-music scene for a while, playing in various bands. They’re also doing a release show this Sunday.
The first thing you notice about hardcore-era Punk resurrectors Machines’s debut album is its length. The whole album comes in at just under 12 minutes and none of the dozen offerings here breaking 1:20. This gives the release an immediate feeling of aesthetic restlessness that their high energy punk reinforces.
The high tempo of Be Nice means that the obvious comparison to make is to bands like Black Flag and Minor Threat. There’s also a healthy serving of Bleach-era Nirvana on display here too, particularly on album stand-out Seoul Will Have Its Revenge.
Many of the lyrics here read in sharp contrast to the album’s name. For example, Politik’s “Every single one is a frenemy, in it for their own selfish gains” is one of several lyrics that contribute to making Be Nice seem like an ironic title. Album closer and kinda-title track Be Nice and Get Shit Done is probably the best example of this juxtaposition. It’s another blisteringly aggressive punk track that has lyrics like “This is how busy people talk, How assholes interact. 'Cause I don't have time, You're a tiny human.” Yet, while “why can’t we all just get along” was probably meant tongue-in-cheek, the final “be nice everyone” felt sincere and is a surprisingly positive way to end the album.
The band will play a release show later today (Sunday 12th of November) in Seoul. They’re backed by a quality lineup including Full Garage, Octopoulpe and more. The show kicks off at 9pm at Club Steel Face and entrance 10k₩.
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