Kite Operations

Kite Operations


The noisiness of Sonic Youth paired with the melodic sensibilities of U2. Gentle and abrasive, alternately, simultaneously, constantly.


Described by others as noise-rock, shoe-gazer, and even psychedelic, after releasing three critically admired full-length albums between 1998 and 2002 on their self-operated K.O.A. Records label, New York based band/recording-project Theselah was put on ice indefinitely. (Marriage, children, and out of state jobs can do that to a band.)

Not ready to see their hard work come to a premature end, singer/guitarists Joseph Kim and David Yang resolved to carry on as a new band, and thus, Kite Operations was formed in March of 2003. Joe enlisted the help of childhood friend Jie Whoon Kang, a classically trained bassist who quickly learned the ways of rock bass. Jie in turn brought his friend Sung Shin, an energetic and hard-hitting drummer.

More musically accomplished and confident than its predecessor, Kite Operations rehearses and records in its home studio and performs regularly in the NYC area. Recently the band was chosen as one of ten finalists for CMJ's 2004 Five-Borough Battle of the Bands. They are currently self-producing their first full-length album, full of lovely noisy pop gems, expected to be due around October 2004.


Phase 1 EP - K.O.A. Records - August 2003
Shiny Beast EP - K.O.A. Records - December 2003
untitled LP (release date tba)

Set List

Hard Way
By Sea or By Sky
A Wonder
Traffic Lights
Play Undo
Kill Emo
Anna Come Out