Why did you decide to audition for Superstar K?
"Before Superstar K, we were persistently working on our band, practicing day in and day out. It was difficult, I have to say. We held day jobs at the fish manufacturing factory while we pursued music. So when Superstar K auditions were open, we were ready - in terms of musicality, but also in terms of mind-set. We were hungry for it, for this opportunity to show our music.
"Objectively, the odds were against us. First of all, hardcore music itself isn’t entirely common in Korea. We didn’t have any of the flashiness, we didn’t have any backup plans. But we auditioned and came out as the first rock band in Superstar K franchise history to enter the TV Live Round. We finished in the Top 6."
A lot of K-Pop is manufactured. How are you going to convince rock fans that you’re a legitimate band?
"Because we are. We are legitimate. We’re not a band that was put together by a label – we were already a band before we tried for Superstar K, and our music is always absolutely our own. Even after we were signed by a label, every chord, every word, every song in our album is made by us, through many all-nighters of pulling our hairs out. We can’t get any more legitimate than who we are now."
Does authenticity matter to you?
"Yes, and it’s something we don’t consciously go for or have to bring ourselves back to. We are in this to make music that is real. Our sound, our words – all of them tell the messages we want to send out there. We’d like to give a space of understanding and hope to those who want Bursters’ music."