Paik is a post-rock/space rock outfit originally from Toledo, United States, currently living in Detroit, Michigan, United States, that includes Rob Smith and Ryan Pritts. Bassist Ali Clegg left the band in 2005, and has since been replaced by San Francisco native Anthony Petrovic (E-Zee-Tiger). Ali Clegg currently has a self-titled project, La Contessa, and another band The Spanish Castles. Terms used when describing Paik's music includes post-rock,shoegaze, and space rock.
Formed in 1997, the band is erroneously thought to be named after veteran Korean artist Nam June Paik, but is actually named after an old-fashioned term for a swift punch to the gut. The band has toured in support of indie rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as well as Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. They have shared stages with Windy & Carl.
Rob Smith primarily plays a Fender Jaguar as the lead instrument, which is largely responsible for the band's sound. Drummer Ryan Pritts's incorporation of a timpani in his drum set since Paik's third album, 2002's The Orson Fader, also contributes to the band's sound.