Speaking to a group of young women who had booked days off work to start queueing at 5am for an against the barrier view of Korean band Hyukoh, it was hard to believe that three years ago, the band was only familiar to those who hung out in Hongdae, an area within the South Korean capital of Seoul known for its indie music scene.

Formed of frontman Oh Hyuk, guitarist Lim Hyun-jae, bassist Im Dong-geun, and drummer Lee In-woo, the four-piece came to form Hyukoh in 2014. The band saw moderate but solid success in their first year helped by celebrity endorsements through national names like IU. It was only an appearance through a much-loved Korean variety programme Infinite Challenge, that saw their career change overnight.

Bringing it back to the Electric Brixton on a mild February evening, the sold out show was only emphasised by the queue spanning an entire street. Commuters were left wondering who was the act that commanded such an audience. Different to your standard K-pop acts like BTS, Monsta X, BlackPink etc., Hyukoh is unfairly crammed into a genre that doesn’t explain their music at all. At the heart of it, Hyukoh is an indie band that departs from tight production and flashy features. It’s about the feel of the music, the rhythm of the guitar and the rumbling of a bass.

The show was plagued by a long wait till showtime, and then extra time on top of that to swap setup from opening act to main. The crowd was restless and just one hour with Hyukoh didn’t feel enough. But, the favourites were all there. ‘Wi Ing Wi Ing’, ‘Tomboy’, ‘Comes and Goes’, ‘Wanli’. Frontman Oh Hyuk’s voice rings out across the crowd as the band fit in the best of several years’ of discography into an hour. Oh’s ability to control his voice is astounding. His range and the emotions he brings is beyond anything an official recording can translate across - you need to see this man live. Oh can bring in the high notes like a soft breeze on a spring day. The next second, he’s rough with a raw with an almost pained shout that doesn’t fit with his soft nature as he introduces himself, the band and the merch available on the night. ‘Gondry’ is by far the best example of his vocals; an emotional song anyway, hearing it live, watching the band perform was the highlight of the evening.

Hyukoh’s use of English, Chinese and Korean across their discography is an interesting choice. Unique to Oh’s experience, there’s not many people out there that can probably command all three languages. I’m convinced that language, lyrics, the words Oh is singing isn’t the focal point as it is the music, the emotions. It’s Oh’s constant use of vocalising that speaks more to me than some of the lyrics. It’s lead guitarist Lim Hyun-jae’s fluidity that pairs perfectly with the bass from Im Dong-geun that makes it a complete package. So, for an hour or so, Hyukoh brought a little bit of Seoul, a little bit of Hongdae on a summer’s evening, to London.

What a band. What a night. When Hyukoh comes back, and I expect them to, I’ll be there.