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GUMX: Green Freakzilla?Green Freakzilla? (2004)
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Green Freakzilla? is the latest effort from South Korean pop-punk band GUMX and their best to date as they push for more well deserved international attention. The three piece started in 1996 under the name GUM playing over 1000 shows in Seoul's trendy Sinch'on and Hong'ik districts during Korea's .
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Green Freakzilla? is the latest effort from South Korean pop-punk band GUMX and their best to date as they push for more well deserved international attention. The three piece started in 1996 under the name GUM playing over 1000 shows in Seoul's trendy Sinch'on and Hong'ik districts during Korea's brief explosion of punk in '98-'99. They released an album, changed their drummer and then changed their name. This is their second release under the name GUMX, following up last year's What's Been Up? released on Japan's Toy Factory label and causing a wave of interest in the band. They were invited to play several large festivals and had their song featured on Japanese broadcasting network TBS's "Super Soccer." All of this culminated in them joining the Suicide Machines on their Japanese tour.

GUMX lists bands such as Green Day, NOFX and Hi-Standard among their influences and have a sound much akin to Fat Wreck Chords' now well defined style. That their new album fits this style tighter than ever may be attributed to their collaboration with American producer Ryan Green who has previously worked with NOFX, Hi-Standard and others. Green Freakzilla? is thirteen songs chock full of fast, punchy guitars, melodic vocals and harmonic backups. They are tight with lot of changes to keep everything interesting and the vocal melodies tend to twist around as much as Lee Yong Won's face as he sings them. The album title describes a bright happy world on the outside which is spoiled by hidden problems lying just out of sight; this is also typical of their songs, which on the surface have a light happy feel, while the lyrics tend to be depressing and self-defacing.

Although their first release was entirely in English, this one features two different versions: one in Korean and one in English, the latter of which is to be released on Japan's Toy Factory label later this month. GUMX is by far the best skate punk band to come out of Korea and they are a trio well worth keeping your eyes on!

 

 
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Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

OOOOPS! Sorry for the bad links below.

This one works OK.

Gumx - Pain2

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

http://www.gaseum.co.kr/3000/listen_asf.asp?upload_dr=radio_asf/ 1700/2003-05-31 ?«º¸ gumx - pain2&asf_file=gumx - pain2&Form.x=4&Form.y=6

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

Hmmm... If someone's interested in their music, try this link.
Though this is not a best song of them... it's worth trying...

http://www.gaseum.co.kr/3000/listen_asf.asp?upload_d r=radio_asf/1700/2003-05-31 ?«º¸ gumx - pain2&asf_file=gumx - pain2&Form.x=4&Form.y=6

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

So fucking great!

Anonymous (December 6, 2004)

I just realized that someone else pointed that out.

-BSD

Anonymous (December 6, 2004)

"The album title describes a bright happy world on the outside which is spoiled by hidden problems lying just out of sight"

Definitely know that's what I think of when I see "Green Freakzilla?"...

-BSD

8dollarclarinetsolo (December 6, 2004)

does any one know how to play the player thing? i dont know that language, but im pretty interested in this

ElVaquero (December 5, 2004)

if anyone was wondering how to buy this, try

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=TFCC-86162

ElVaquero (December 4, 2004)

is this being released internationally? toys factory is huge and all but i don't think they've ever released an album outside japan. heard gumx once on a comp though, pretty good stuff.

bowzyjoe (December 4, 2004)

these guys suck kangaroo testicles

nevin (December 3, 2004)

oh, you can also stream the whole album here:

http://music.bugs.co.kr/Info/album.asp?cat=Base&menu=m&A lbum=22534

theundergroundscene (December 3, 2004)

"The album title describes a bright happy world on the outside which is spoiled by hidden problems lying just out of sight"

Yep, that's the first thing I thought of when I saw a record titled Green Freakzilla.

Seriously, what?

Haggard (December 3, 2004)

Is that Saddam?

-Justin

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

nice. i like all the korean punk rock coming out on this site the past month.

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