Sailor Honeymoon was born as a collaboration between photographer Abi Raymaker 장인화 and techno DJ Zaeeun Shin 신재은. Their vision was realised at jams with other friends in a shared practice room where their noisy loose improvisation was charged with chemistry, a small act of rebellion in a country where pop culture encourages artists (and women) to be flawless and pristine. The spontaneity of the project leads Sailor Honeymoon to do things like swapping instruments when jamming and calling all their female fans onstage at shows, earning them a growing reputation in Seoul’s music scene.

They released their debut EP ‘Sailor Honeymoon’ on April 30, a fresh new punk-rock offering that references various sub-genres of punk while challenging the dominant idea of Korean music as K-pop. The 8-track project was tracked live over a week in London by producer Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche, Shura) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts, Temples). Raymaker says, “For us, Sailor Honeymoon is our chance to express ourselves without being edited or corrected in any way. We take inspiration from stuff directly around us and run with it rather than trying to make something clean or perfect.”

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