YB, fronted its charismatic and multi-talented frontman Do-Hyun Yoon, is the biggest hard rock band in Korea. YB proudly announces the release of its first English-language single, “Cigarette Girl,” in the U.S. and the U.K. on February 18 and its accompanying video on February 27. The band is managed by prolific music manager Doug Goldstein, who handled the career of Guns N’ Roses for almost two decades, as well as Danzig, Blind Melon and many others.
This year, YB have set their sights on translating their massive Korean popularity—where they are on the level of Guns ‘N Roses or Bon Jovi—into a worldwide phenomenon, and they seem to be well on their way.
“Music is like the sun for me,” explains Do-Hyun, a star in his native South Korea, where he hosts a pair of popular TV shows, including an entertainment news program which is nationally broadcasted live, and a nationally broadcasted music program called “Must” on Mnet. “Everything in my life is like a satellite revolving around that sun. But music can also be like a toy. I want to have fun, too. I work hard so I can play hard. I write and practice hard so I can play hard on-stage.”
That spirit can be heard in “Cigarette Girl”, an ode to a beauty who was too hot to handle for his bandmates. “So now, it’s just me left who never tried anything so far/Get outta my way, here I go!”
“It’s a simple, but smart song,” explains Do-Hyun. “There’s plenty of humor, love and many different emotions expressed. It’s got a great deal of energy and it’s written in a way that we can mess with it in the middle when we play it live.”
“Our music has never followed trends,” observes Do-Hyun, “It has a core of classic rock, and we like to keep it fairly raw. Our true potential comes out live on-stage. We want to die touring the world.”
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