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Glen Check is a South Korean indie band, consisting of singer and guitar player June-One Kim and bass and synthesizer player Hyuk-Jun Kang. They are a part of the Basement Resistance crew, based in Seoul. They debuted in 2011 with the release of Disco Elevator EP and were joined by drummer Jeon-Yeol Ryu for their first full album, Haute Couture, which was released in early 2012. Later that year they released the five-track EP Cliché.

Kim and Kang first met while attending high school together and after graduating, they formed a band called The Closure. Soon after though, they decided to take a different approach to their music, which Kim has described as having been "quiet and boring", and they changed the band's name to Glen Check. Both of them had grown up outside of Korea. The lyrics to their songs are in English. While they have cited Western music as being an influence on them, they were also inspired by African music and traditional Korean music on their album Haute Couture. For Cliché, they looked to funk and disco music from the 1970s and 1980s for their inspiration. Many different genres have been used to describe their music, including electropop, electronic rock, and indie-dance-pop, but they have said that they do not want their sound to be limited and plan to experiment in many different styles. The band places an emphasis on the visual aspects of their live shows and have been noted for their stage design.

Glen Check is one of the fastest growing indie bands in South Korea and has been praised for its musical and visual experimentation, being called "boundary-pushing" by MTV K. In 2013, the band was nominated for Rookie of the Year at the 10th Korean Music Awards, and Haute Couture won the award for Best Dance & Electronic Album.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
2012 Haute Couture 5 2
2013 Youth! 5 2

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
2011 Disco Elevator 5 1
2012 Cliché 4 2

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