Daegu’s Drinking Boys and Girls Choir return with an ode to their home city of Daegu, which is the third largest city in South Korea. Released digitally on Damnably & Electric Muse (Korea), the song was written for a City-run promotional competition for which the band won third prize (£2,000 plus recording), but the Indie-Rockers tongues were firmly in their cheeks.
Following original guitarist Bondu’s retirement from the band, Jiwon Yoo filled in on guitar for the recording of this track, recorded by Kyeongsu Hwang at Daegu Music Factory and mixed by Hakju Chun at Mushroom Recordings.
“BIG NINE, Let’s Go” is a play on the Korean pronunciation of their home town of Daegu. “Big Nine” in Korean is a homophone of Daegu, and a nickname for the city. “The lyrics are quite ironic”, the band notes, as Daegu is a conservative city that offers very little for young people and punks like DBGC. The band name checks local gems like Club Heavy (one of the only music venues in the city), the man-made boating lake, the monorail and local delicacies makchang, mandu, junghwa bibimbap, but as the band explains: “As people who play in a punk band, and enjoy the subculture, we have a love/hate relationship with Daegu…Daegu itself even seems to disapprove of the youth trying to have fun. However, Daegu is our home and we are spending our youth building it up. So, in this love/hate space, we try to enjoy ourselves and live as well as we can…We live here as the young but we don’t have any local pride. Nevertheless, this is our home, and we feel like we want the city to accept us.” A universal sentiment surely many alienated punk/indie/etc kids have felt in many cities around the world.