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Take a Gander At South Korean Punks Smoking Goose

Where there’s smoke there’s fire and Smoking Goose are sticking their necks out by releasing a live video for every song off their new album.

Lightning-fast drums, great guitar hooks, crisp, melodic vocal melodies and harmonies; after more than a decade together, these are just a few of the things that make Smoking Goose one of the most popular melodic punk bands in South Korea.

Smoking Goose was formed in Daejeon City in 2010. After several years of releasing EPs and singles, the band was forced to take a 2-year break for Korea’s mandatory military service. While many Korean bands are never heard again after that, Smoking Goose came back as an absolute force.

They released their first full-length album, “Pieces of Mind”, in 2018. It featured sixteen pop-punk tracks full of energy and positivity that propelled Smoking Goose to the forefront of the Korean scene.

The release of the album also started two years of non-stop gigging all over Asia. They have toured through Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore, played Taiwan’s ‘Punk Strike Fest’ and ‘Unlimited Freedom Fest’ twice, and seemingly played every South Korea venue. All of this helped them gain national recognition. They won MTV’s “Aloft Star” award and were named one of the top emerging acts in the country through the ‘Emergenza’ competition.

In 2019, Smoking Goose released their next EP, “Struggles,” a 5-song album that showed significant growth in its songwriting. Despite touring plans being cut short by the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Smoking Goose spent 2020 and 2021 staying as busy as possible.

They live-streamed shows, released three singles, and most importantly, wrote and recorded their new full-length album “About Extinction.”

Leading up to the release of “About Extinction,” Smoking Goose released a series of live videos premiering the album’s songs one-by-one. With the release of the new album, the band will be spending 2022 making up for lost time with more touring in and out of Korea. They will also be featured on the upcoming Korean punk compilation album “Them & Us 3.”

When asked about the idea for the title of the new album, the band replied:

About Extinction is the name of a song on our 2nd full-length album, as well as the title of the album itself. The overall idea behind the album is based on the current situation bands have to live with during this pandemic. Because of the pandemic, we can’t play live shows. And without live shows, it almost feels like we’ve lost our goals and identity as a band. And then there’s the worry that if this lasts forever, it’ll almost be like live music is just something that exists in a museum. So if live music is something that will go extinct someday, this song is about the attitude we want to have on stage while we can still play!”

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