Taiwanese electro-rock three-piece Kingdom of Rain, launched by lead singer Chen Han in 2016, is a group that wears its disparate influences on its sleeves, with nods towards giants such as post punk giants Joy Division, indie pop band The XX, Brit rockers The Stone Roses, alt-rock electro veterans Soulwax, and LCD Soundsystem. The result is as cold as the name of the band itself—a veritable wall of frozen sound that brings together psychedelic, post-punk, and electronic elements into the folds of sonic mist that mysteriously surround this group from the rain-soaked island nation.
As singer/synth player, Chen Han, known to many in the Taipei scene as a drummer, brings a deep sense of mysticism and an air of menace to the band he founded—a musical shaman in the vein of Jim Morrison or Peter Murphy. With the background of the keeper of the beat, he is possessed of a natural intuition for driving rhythms and instinctual, primal songwriting—two key components that shine through amid the darkness of his Kingdom of Rain compositions.
A counterpoint to Han’s darkness is the spacy guitar sound of QQ, a player steeped in the dark arts of post-punk, industrial, and post rock. With his penchant for trippy leads and noise-drenched, angular riffs, QQ and Han play off one another’s musical personalities like only those with as many similarities as differences can.
Rounding out the trio is young drummer Yozi Wang. With a deep love for post punk, shoegaze, and indie rock, it’s Yozi who lays down the foundation for Kingdom of Rain with a steady in-the-pocket performance that only looks easy because, well, Yozi just happens to be so damn good and indescribably natural at it—the type of drummer other bands dream of poaching for their own.
KOR’s debut EP, "We", came down from the sky in 2017. Produced by a member of Taiwan indie pioneers The 1976, the recording’s diverse, intriguing sound led to invites to tour abroad, taking the band to cities such as Beijing and Tokyo.
The following year, the band followed up with the release of their first full-length, "Unreal", an album that showcased Chen Han’s deep, resonant, yet delicate vocals—a throwback to the intense introspection and vision of Ian Curtis himself—along with the psychedelic post-punk strokes of guitarist QQ and drummer Yozi. Heavy on the downbeat and with deft touches of the electronic, Kingdom of Rain showcased their ability to hone their own unique sound while acknowledging directly the shoulders of the giants on which they stand.
Fast forward to March 2019, and Kingdom of Rain return with their third release in as many years. With the arrival of their latest EP, "Soul", the band introduces yet more elements to their ever-evolving sound, with dashes of EDM and even the minimalist/alternative modern pop stylings of the likes of Billie Eilish.
2019.03 EP "SOUL"
2018.10 Album "Unreal"
2017.07 EP "We"