Unfortunately no picture. At all.
Wish I can take pictures of Sir Casanova Milky Skin, but alas, it was really not possible for me.
I learned about the concert around late last month when I started fiddling around with Korean fan cafes. You would not believe how crushed I was when I learned the concert was sold out. Hot Potato is perhaps one of my favourites Korean musicians and whose song I have on constant repeat in my Ipod. I like all singer-members in 1 Night 2 Days, but music wise, I gravitate toward Kim C/Hot Potato’s music the most. So, a Hot Potato’s concert was on my list even before I got here.
I visited the ticketing website more than 10 times a day hoping that a seat might suddenly pop up out of cancellation. On a lucky midnight (my ticket even says the ordering time 00:35 lol), I saw about 15 seats opened up. I couldn’t care less if I was placed on the back of the 2nd floor seating, I just had to get a seat!
So imagine my euphoria when I saw there were empty seats on the front and 2nd row!! OMG, man, seriously, I thought I was gonna die from spazzing too much. So I picked a center seat on the 2nd row and couldn’t sleep that night because I was grinning ear to ear.
Learning from the mistakes I made when attending SS501 concert, I did my due dilligence before the concert. It’s true that I am more familiar with Hot Potato’s songs, but I still couldn’t recognize individual songs and put a title on them. So I got myself memorizing the titles of the songs and stuff. It’s so ironic that when I got to the concert, we were given the rundown of what songs the band would perform. LOL. So my Name That Hot Potato Songs game wasn’t necessary after all.
This concert serves as a complete contrast to the SS501 concert I attended before. Whereas Persona was held in a venue that seats probably 20,000 people, Hot Potato’s concert seats around 200 people. What a difference, huh? Upon entering the venue, I was actually struck at just how small it is. There was no stage, basically the band performed on the floor. There was no fence separating the artists and the audience. Sir Casanova Milky Skin was at most five meters away from my seat (I can vouch for his milky skin now). It was only slightly bigger than the venue of Jung Ilwoo’s Beautiful Sunday play. Persona was full of yelling fangirls, and even tho the overwhelming majority of Hot Potato’s audience was also female, the vocal expressions were definitely much much tamer.
But anyways, the concert started on time at 8. Kim C and Go Bumjoon came out decked in simple white T and jeans with sneakers. The rest of his bands (a young looking cutie who manned the keyboard, the drummer with mohawk and pink T, and electric guitarist with glasses) also came out similarly simple. Kim C was so awkward, man. When he came out, we cheered, and it was so cute because Kim C literally went all bashful, lol, with that embarrassed grin. He was stuttering about something before starting on the first song, 풋사과 (Green Apple?) out of their 2nd album, New Turn (LOVE this album, btw!).
Can I just say, flawless vocal? Damn, Kim C live is something everyone’s gotta listen to. I would have preferred if they started with a more popular song, but it was a good warm up song.
The 2nd song was 도마뱀 (Lizard) from The journey of cultivating a potato field, 4th album. Great electric guitar piece here. And Kim C’s voice was so clear and dreamy, man..
Without stopping, the band launched into 봄바람 따라간 여인 (Lovers Who Follow the Spring Wind) from 3rd album, Yearly Diary. Love the husky element of vocal of this song. Another great electric guitar company.
If my memory serves me right, after this is a little intermezzo and talk time. Once again, say it with me, language barrier SUCKS! This is what I gathered. He talked about how they came to be one of the Indie Series Concert participant. He also stressed that Hot Potato is not an indie band and explained his reasonings. None of which I could understand. Sigh…
But anyways, the band’s 4th song is only one of the two songs out of their newest album Seesaw. The song is called 고백 (Confession). I have a hard time putting words to say about this song without butchering everything. It’s lovely, but it’s so much more than that. It moves your heart, it makes you smile, but it also strangely makes you feel blue. This was a great performance for a great song.
After Confession was 수학이 좋다 (Math is Good????) from 4th album. I swear to god, I specifically looked for the lyrics of this song to see what the song was about. LOL, I still don’t quite understand after running them through Google Translator.
The next song is one of my favourite Hot Potato songs, 소라를 줍는 여정 (Journey to Pick up Shells). There must be a deeper explanation behind this song, but the first thing that came to my mind was whether Kim C was documenting the hardship he went through to pick up ark shells in Beolgyo with the 1N2D crew? Nevertheless, I love this song a lot and this was the song I immediately looked for upon getting the rundown of the concert number.
After this was U-turn. Nothing eventful here. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice song, but I would’ve preferred something more exciting like 몰라, 정말 몰라 (No Clue) or 빈방 (Empty Room). Next up is 잡담 (Gossip/Chat?). Again, a song I would have changed if I had a say. Both of these songs are from the 2nd album.
This next song is the song that introduced me to Hot Potato in the first place, 청춘 (Youth). Heard this when Kim C guested on the show Taxi and as they say about unforgettable first love, this song remains one of the most memorable songs. This song is basically only carried by Go Bumjoon’s bass, guitars, and Kim C’s vocal. A performance full of serenity.
The 10th song was the only one I wasn’t familiar with. It’s called 오늘 난 뭐했나 (What Did I Do) from their 1st album. Sir Casanova Milky Skin was SICK in this performance. He started with his trademark husky voice and then rose and rose and rose until it was an almost held-back scream and then he finished the song softly. I barely blinked, you could see the veins on Kim C’s neck standing up as his face got redder and redder. You don’t need fancy backdrop and fanservice, great singing and devotion to music is all you need.
Thankfully, after this song was a really relaxing song called 생각 (Thought) from 4th album. A good chunk of the songs performed are from the 4th album, which is great because I love that album.
Next up is the main song from the new album and shares the name with it, 시소 (Seesaw). The only thing I remember from this performance was the fact that Kim C didn’t have his guitar while he was singing and continued to move his arms around. Instead of focusing to the song, I wondered how pretty his hands were and how fair his skin was, hence the Milky Skin campaign here.
After this was a song everyone should know, 비 눈물 (Rain Tears). For some strange reason, the band, who was mostly quiet and serious the entire concert was full of smiles. I love the drummer with mohawk who was so expressive and looked like he had a helluva fun, which was great to see.
Following Rain Tears was 따르릉 (no idea what this means), the 1st song on the 4th album that’s uber catchy, and 좌절금지 (which means Frustration is Forbidden??) out of the 3rd album. These two songs were the climax of the concert before Hot Potato closed with a more low profile Bless Me from 2nd album.
And the concert was over.
But no, cause there’s ENCORE! The band came out for the obligatory encore with 맛좀 봐라 from 2nd album. Whereas Kim C had been mostly composed during the concert, he let loose with this song. He jumped up and down and twirled around that I got scaref he would get tripped off by the microphone’s cable. But Master Kim proved he’s a pro because he maneuvered his way around the cable nicely.
And why I focused on the cable is beyond me.
Kim C posted a few tweets prior to the concert, which he brought up during the concert. He made notes that he was still very nervous and awkward in front of strangers so even when doing performance like this, it was slightly uncomfortable for him to face the audience. Which is why he tweeted that everyone should have a glass or two (of that social lubrication known as alcohol) before the show so the show could be less awkward and more enjoyable. It was a great show nonetheless. I liked the small venue, you feel more emotionally involved in the performance.
The concert was a low profile event yet because it was so, it was really enjoyable. Plus, my killer seat was all sorts of wonderful.The only sucky thing is that there was so little chance to take pictures. Because the place was so small, the snippy ushers easily caught us and they would demand to see your pictures and delete them right away. Heck, they even interrogated a girl on the front row because she thought the girl had been taking pictures. And keep in mind that the band is barely 3 meters away from the front seat. Geez, woman!
Bae Doona, who starred in the movie Seesaw, came to see the show. And I believe there was a girl from Kim C’s team in the 2nd Viewer’s trip who came as well.
I was hoping to get an autograph or something and tried to loiter around the concert venue to catch the band. When I was on my way out, Kim C opened the exit door nearby, obviously on his way out as well, but upon seeing there were people, he went back in right away. A shame, I wanted to chase him down to sign my CD, but my lefty brain told me to get the hell home and finished the damn homework.
Hot Potato will be having a concert on May 15 and is performing on May 21st for the Greenplugged event. Awesomeness!!