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Chang Kiha & the Faces wins indie music award

Indie bands Chang Kiha & the Faces, Romantic Punch and Eastern Side Kick will be given the first Olleh Music Indie Awards by KT Music on Sunday.

The operator of online music portal Olleh Music said it conducted an online poll from Sept. 1-18 asking which bands should be awarded Best Album of the Month, Best Artist of the Month and Best Rookie of the Month.

KT Music said the poll results and opinions by seven music industry experts concluded that the latest album by Chang Ki-ha and The Faces was Best Album of the Month. Romantic Punch received the best artist award and Eastern Side Kick, the best rookie award.
Chang Kiha & the Faces. (Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)
Chang Kiha & the Faces. (Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)

KT Music said it established the monthly Olleh Music Indie Awards this month to promote Korea’s indie music scene.

The awarding ceremony will be held on Sunday at the Nanji District of Han River Park, followed by performances by the three winning bands, the company said.

A KT Music spokesperson said the Olleh Music Indie Awards were the first awards to recognize sales of online indie music, Internet user polls and expert opinions all together.

The company will hold the award ceremony every month and a music festival in December featuring all the winners of the indie award.

Chang Kiha & the Faces is a five-member indie band formed by vocalist, guitarist, percussionist and songwriter Chang Ki-ha in 2008. They released their second studio album “Chang Kiha & the Faces” this summer.

Romantic Punch, a five-member band, debuted in 2004 and released their third album “It’s Yummy” in August.

The quintet Eastern Side Kick debuted in 2010 with an EP and released their studio album “The Eastern Side Kick” in July.

By Kim Yoon-mi (yoonmi@heraldcorp.com)
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