Whatever That Means “Revolving Doors” LP
Whatever That Means “Revolving Doors” LP
For over a decade, ...Whatever That Means has been one of the most dependable bands in South Korean punk rock. This year, they’re back with their third full length album “Revolving Doors.”With a mix of aggressive and poppy tracks, male and female lead vocals, and even a pair of acoustic tracks, “Revolving Doors” is the best way to get introduced to, or reacquainted with, ...Whatever That Means.
..Whatever That Means is a melodic punk rock band from Seoul, Korea. Originally formed in 2009 as a one-off project band for the punk show celebrating Jeff (guitar/vocals) and Trash's (bass/vocals) wedding, they have spentmore than a decadebuilding a reputation as a hardworking DIY band and weredescribed by Alternative Press Magazine (USA) as, "the pop-punk face of the Korean music scene." WTM has always had an international lineup and currently includes Korean, American, and Polish members.Though their first performance came in February 2009, it took almost fivemonths for the band to solidify a lineup and start moving forward. In 2010, they released a demo CD called "Piracy Encouraged" which included their first everstudio recordingand two live tracks. The band quickly followed that with a six-song EP titled"The Newest Hope." That year, they also opened for Strike Anywhere (USA) and FCFive (Japan) and made their first foray abroad witha two-week tourin Malaysia. In July 2011, WTM released their first full-length album,"Sounds From The Explosion,"and toured relentlessly throughout Korea in support of it.That December, the groupalsotoured the US for the first time. Amongst their dates was a show at the historic 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California with The Manix (It's Alive Records) and GnarBoots (Asian Man Records).After their US tour, WTM took a one-year hiatus while Jeff attended graduate school.The band returned to action in 2013and released an EPof cover songs called"Hong Gu Goes To Prison." In May 2014, they issuedtheir second full-length album,"Sixty-Eight, Twenty-Two," which featured JongheeWonof Rux, one of Korea's biggest punk rock bands, singingon the title track.In support of the album,the band touredthroughout Korea and opened for The Bruce Lee Band (USA) and Guitar Wolf (Japan) during theirshows in Seoul.In November 2014, a documentary featuring WTM titled"Us & Them: Korean Indie Rock in aK-Pop World," was releasedandscreenedat select locations throughout the US, New
Zealand, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Shortly after the release of "Us & Them,"WTM released their cover of The Chinkees' "Asian Prodigy" as a digital singlealong with a music video shot at the final show at one of Seoul's most famous punk rock venues, Club Spot.In January 2015, WTM giggedin Malaysia and Singaporewith their newest member, Bialy, on lead guitar.2016 saw WTM’s return to the US for a two-week summertour and the release of"Blowing Minds & Melting Faces,"a split 7" record with Seattle punk rock band Burn Burn Burn.Since then, the band has kept their schedule consistently filled with shows and toured in Japan for the first time in 2019. 2020 will mark the release of WTM’sthird full-length album “Revolving Doors.
”Press Quotes:"The pop-punk face of the Korean music scene." ~Alternative Press (USA)“Forget K-Pop –the best music in Korea is coming out of the porous underbelly of Seoul and other cities around Korea. One such band, ...Whatever That Means, refuses to conform to the mainstream, continuously releasing songs that cry out at the established ‘norms’ of Korean society.” ~YAM Magazine“... their brand of melodic punk rock (strikes) the perfect blend of ferocity and catchiness.” ~Sugar Creek Sound“...WTM are loud and fast-paced, and full of energy. Their music feels reminiscent of the angsty soundtrack to my teenage years...” ~BritROK“...fast pop punk goodness” ~Neaux Clicked-on-it"...honest and full of energy reminiscent of the times before commercial pop punk took hold."~Korean Indie"...Whatever That Means music is classic with an ongoing powerful blast from the 1990s." ~SumGyeoJin Gem"...energetic and uncomplicated but with enough depth to pull you in." ~Korea Gig Guide
Lineup:Jeff Moses (Guitar/Vocals) Trash Yang Moses (Bass/Vocals) Bialy Mlody(Guitar/Vocals) Gwangya Kim(Drums)
Discography:2010 "Piracy Encouraged" (Demo)2010 "The Newest Hope" (EP)2011 "Sounds From The Explosion"2013"Hong Gu Goes To Prison" (EP)2014 "Sixty-Eight, Twenty-Two"2014 "Asian Prodigy" (Single)2016 "Blowing Minds & Melting Faces" (Split 7" Record with Burn Burn Burn)2020 “Revolving Doors”
“I Can’t Take It”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl_4FqbMyi8
"Way Too Busy": http://vimeo.com/26331050
"Us & Them: Korean Indie Rock in a K-Pop World"
Record Label: World Domination, Inc.https://www.wdikorea.com
...Whatever That Means Links
Label Page: https://www.wdikorea.com/whatever-that-means