Here is another segment of K-Pop Indie Gem and today’s winner of a band is Jang Kiha and the Faces.

Before the introduction of the band and the members, prepare to be amazed. This indie band is no ordinary band. Every indie group pursues “different” styles of music, but when it comes to Jang Kiha and the Faces, I really want to emphasize the word “different.”

For me, Jang Kiha and the Faces is more a band of performers rather than musicians. Don’t get me wrong, they are super talented musicians, but unlike other artists they focus a lot on the performance art aspect of their music. Meet the Mimi Sisters, who serve as dancers for the group and add a great deal of interesting visuals for the group.

The dances used in Jang Kiha and the Faces’ performances are not really the dances you would normally see in Kpop performances that have a hook move, dancing in-sync, and the like. They’re there just for fun of it, and to add spontaneity to performances so that each time they perform, things feel fresh and exciting.

Now, more about the band and the members. Jang Kiha started his music career as a drummer for a band Nunco Band in 2002. To continue his career on a different path, he created a band to play the music he produced and that’s when Jang Kiha and the Faces was created. The members include Jang Kiha (singer & songwriter), Jung Joon Hyuk (base), Lee Min Ki (guitar), Lee Jong Min (keyboard) and Kim Hyun Ho (drummer). Although they only  have 2 official albums out right now, it’s amazing to see how much fame they have gained. At the 2009 Korean Music Awards, they won the award for Netizens’ Male Artist of the Year, the Song of the Year and the Best Rock Song all for the song “Cheap Coffee”:


Jang Kiha and the Faces also appeared on duo Leessang‘s song:

So tell me, aren’t they really something special?

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