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.
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.
It will make my day if I can be at the concert. If anyone has a ticket to let go, please contact me.
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.
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.
깃털 (or Feather) – a track on Korean indie band Guckkasten’s second full length album, “Frame” – wasn’t a song that immediately appealed to me when I was listening to the album at first.
It was only recently when I came across a video of Ha Hyunwoo (the band’s frontman and vocalist) playing the song acoustically, that I got attracted to the song.