The Korean rock scene began as a sigh of relief after the Korean War came to a standstill in the mid 50's. Western rock and roll came into the country through the American GI's stationed there and it was picked up by local musicians like SHIN JUNG-HYEON who kick started the GaYo scene, a Korean take on psychedelic and group sounds, with bands like ADD 4 and the DONKEYS which continued through the 60's.
In the 70's this edgier rock formed with more mellow sounds to produce a Korean Acid Rock scene with experimental composer SHIN JUNG-HYUN and female vocalist YUPJEONS at the forefront. Challenging the status quo this music was often targeted by the government for its openess.
While punk music developed worldwide in the 70's, Korean youth didn't get exposed to the music until the 90's when the country saw a boom in computer technology and a rapid use of file sharing software. Bands started forming and then a scene formed around the bands with notables like RUX, CRYING NUT and LAZY BONES leading the way. Skunk Hell, a record label, live house and concert promoter all in one, provided a home. Ever since, the Korean underground scene has diversified to include ska, rockabilly and hardcore groups.