The Korea Times "Placebo Likes Being "Unfashionable"", Jul'06

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia

British rock group Placebo believes the reason for their success is being "unfashionable.'' 

Placebo is one of those groups that would rather let their music speak for them, judging from their press conference at the Paradise Hotel Inchon, Saturday. The group was in Korea to perform at the Pentaport Rock Festival in Inchon. 

Dressed all in black, Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steve Hewitt looked like rock and roll musicians who take their music very seriously. 

It has been 10 years since Placebo's self-titled debut album was released, but fans continue to support the band's experimental rock-electronica music. 

"I think what we've managed to do is ignore all fashion, trends and movements in music in the last 10 years. We haven't been influenced with what is `in, 'we just followed our personal vision. This is why we have survived; we haven't been dependent on being fashionable. We think we're unfashionable,'' Molko said. 

Molko, the group's lead singer, said the group does not have any immediate plans to release a follow-up album to Meds, which has been called their best album to date. "The album Meds just came out. We're not bored with it yet. You know, albums are usually just a reaction to the previous album. "Sleeping With Ghosts'' was electronica music, so we made "Meds'' in analog. So I don't know, maybe we'll make the next one under water", he said. 

Olsdal said it has taken them a long time to come to Korea, but they are surprised to find the group has a sizeable fan base here. 

Also, Molko admitted he is a big fan of Korean cinema, after watching Park Chan-wook's "Old Boy'' and "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance", and Kim Ki-duk's "Spring Summer Autumn Winter'' and "Three-Iron".