이방인 Stranger – 국카스텐 Guckkasten Guitar Tab

Stranger by 국카스텐 (Guckkasten)

Stranger, or 이방인 (romanised: Ibang-in), is the title track from Guckkasten’s second EP of the same title. It was released on 15 November. That was not the first time the song was heard in public though; back in July 2017, Guckkasten performed the song for the first time at their Squall concerts in Seoul.

I was again reminded of this song recently when I saw a clip of their performance on Onstage Plus – as usual, a tight performance from Guckkasten (complemented with a beautiful stage setup).

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Guckkasten at “Trigger the Fever FIFA U-21 World Cup Street Support Concert”

Guckkasten performing at the "Trigger the Fever FIFA U-21 World Cup Street Support Concert" at Gwanghwamun. (Seoul, South Korea, 23 May 2017)

I’ve finally experienced this myself. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it was an out of this world experience listening to Guckkasten’s front man, Ha Hyunwoo, sing live.

Team Guckkasten doing their soundcheck for their performance at the
Team Guckkasten doing their soundcheck for their performance at the “Trigger the Fever FIFA U-21 World Cup Street Support Concert” at Gwanghwamun. (Seoul, South Korea, 23 May 2017)

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2017 Guckkasten [HELLO] Concert

2017 Guckkasten [HELLO] Concert

The reason I’ve not updated this blog for a while is partly because I don’t have my guitar with me – I am and will be in South Korea for a short while.

Although I’m here in South Korea, I was not expecting to attend a Guckkasten concert since I thought they will probably start doing more gigs only during summer when the rock festivals kick in.

When I arrived a few weeks back, I found out that they will be holding a concert next weekend on 19 March in Seoul. I was too late. The concert is sold out.

Guckkasten Hello Concert (2017)It will make my day if I can be at the concert. If anyone has a ticket to let go, please contact me.

Mandrake – 국카스텐 Guckkasten Guitar Tab

Guckasten by 국카스텐 (Guckkasten)

One thing that crossed my mind when I first saw the title of this song: “Did the inspiration for this song come from the mandrakes that I read about in the Harry Potter books?”

I don’t know for sure but Mandrake has become one of my favourite Guckkasten songs.

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Gavial – 국카스텐 Guckkasten Guitar Tab

Guckasten by 국카스텐 (Guckkasten)

In a 2013 questionnaire put together by one of their fan clubs, there was a question that asked the Guckkasten members for their favourite Guckkasten songs. Bassist Kim Kibum picked “Gavial”, and he described it as a beautiful song that made him want to join the band.

The music is beautiful but the lyrics (or more precisely, the inspiration behind the lyrics) is anything but. Perhaps even a little scary, if anyone were to be in that situation.

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