Juliette Lewis and band to rock Seoul on TuesdayVixen actress Juliette Lewis will be coming to Korea with her rock band Juliette & The Licks for a single performance on Tuesday in Seoul before moving on to tour in Europe.
Seoul marks the end of the Asian promotional tour for the group’s album “You’re Speaking My Language,” which was released in May. The group previously released a five-track E.P., “...Like a Bolt of Lightning,” last October.
While Lewis is relatively unknown as a musician here, most Koreans are familiar with her roles in such films as “Natural Born Killers,” “Cape Fear,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and in the television series “My Louisiana Sky.”
The band was created in 2003, with drug-free, raw energy and enthusiasm serving as major elements of inspiration. Apart from Lewis, The Licks is composed of veteran musicians ― H20 guitarist Todd Morse, drummer Jason Morris, bassist Paul III, and guitarist Kemble Walters. They accompany her with heavy guitar riffs and strict rhythms for a kind of ’60s garage-band rock and roll style, with Lewis having written the music and lyrics.
“My intention is for our music to serve as an antidote to self-doubt, apathy and fear, which has become rampant in society right now,” Lewis said in an interview.
Past reviews described the band as filled with “raw spitfire energy.” Lewis herself notes that her Seoul performance will be like all the rest: a “straight in-your-face type rock and roll” with a lot of shouting and sweating. The group will be performing songs from their new album, including “You are Speaking My Language” and “Money in My Pocket.”
Also performing will be Ghetto Bombs, a four-man band that just released its debut album, “Rotten City.” The band has been active in the underground rock scene, participating in several film soundtracks and performing hundreds of live concerts. Its dynamic performances and “outspoken” lyrics make it the perfect Korean counterpart for Juliette Lewis & The Licks, as both are bound to heat up the stage with plenty of foul language and hopefully their trademark “graphic” performances.
by Wohn Dong-hee
Juliette Lewis & The Licks will be performing Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Rolling Hall, near Hongik University in northwestern Seoul. Tickets (all standing) are 40,000 won, available at the door and at Interpark.com. For more information, call 02-3444-9969.
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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