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An indie Korean Soul & Pop band based in Seoul, South Korea,
About an indie ‘Ppongjjak Soul’ band 'Manju Pocket'
"Ppongjjak" is a term used to describe the oldest style of Korean pop music, which was formulated during the early 1900s. The genre has been influenced by Japanese, Western, and Korean musical elements. It is known for its distinct soulful and sentimental vocal style.
‘Manju Pocket’ is an indie ‘Ppongjjak Soul’ band based in Seoul, South Korea.
The band was established by members Yongsu Choi and Junhee Han, and the two eventually recruited Manju to join the band. After about a half year of preparation, Manju Pocket started performing in numerous live clubs in Hongdae, making fans laugh and cry along with their music.
Meet the members of Manju Pocket
Head Producer, Acoustic/ Electric Guitar, Cajon
Vocals, Percussions, Kazoo
Piano, Melodion, Bongos
Voice of Manju Pocket
Manju Pocket M/V
The name of the band derives from a local snack called Manju which is an easy-to-grab snack full with filling; they wanted to make a pocket full of music that is filled with many easy-to-sympathize stories.
Three strong features of the music of Manju Pocket are, versatility in their music, its witty, extremely real, and empathic lyrics, and of course, its Ppongjjak feel incorporated with Western Soul music.
The members were inspired by a wide spectrum of music including Ppongjjak, soul, folk, rock, & etc., and up to now, they show versatility in their songs. Also, when writing the lyrics, they concentrate on creating real empathy with listeners. On top of that, the music of Manju Pocket is finely woven to convey the distinctive soulful, but with a tint of traditional Ppongjjak feeling, vocal style of Manju’s.
The band always writes its own song altogether, building and singing along on top of one another’s ideas, thus creating the band’s own unique music style.
Thought It was Spring
About Your Private Life
Go for a drink(Feat. Jeonghoon Choi - Jannabi)
Manju Pocket in media
An interview with Manju Pocket at DO INDIE http://www.doindie.co.kr/en/posts/an-interview-with-manju-pocket
Manju Pocket at Band of the Day http://bandofthedayapp.com/2015/06/07/manju-pocket/
[INTERVIEW – MANJU POCKET] The Misconceptions of Korean music: K-Pop VS K-Indie https://hallyusg.net/2015/05/09/interview-manju-pocket-the-misconceptions-of-korean-music-k-pop-vs-k-indie/
Interview: Manju Pocket http://atkmagazine.com/2015/08/05/interview-manju-pocket/
[Indie Spotlight] Manju Pocket http://unitedkpop.com/2015/08/indie-spotlight-manju-pocket/
NADOYO Interview with Manju Pocket
The next time you plan a visit to Korea, go and see the live show of Manju Pocket. You will find yourself tapping your feet along with their music, captivated by their charms.
You can check out their schedule from the interview.
As a plus, you can see where Manju Pocket recommends tourists to visit in Korea.
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