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 from 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 2 years of non-stop gigging all over Asia. Smoking Goose has toured through Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore, played Taiwan’s Punk Strike Fest and Unlimited Freedom Fest twice, and has seemingly played every venue in South Korea. 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 a major growth in the band’s 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.”
Today the band has dropped their second full-length ‘About Extinction’ on World Domination Inc. with the main theme centered around the question “What if all band music went extinct?”
According to the band members themselves, “Due to the pandemic disaster worldwide, all live performances of every band on the planet fully stopped. Music just lay dead in earphones and speakers, not breathing wild in front of an audience ready to sweat. This felt like a kind of ‘Extinction’ for a platform called ‘Live’, and we started to think of the world without live music. We kept struggling underground to survive in this harsh situation. On the title track ‘About Extinction’, we have the answer for this question.
We’ll keep singing and playing music, talking about trivial feelings in our life just while we are confronted with the continuous extinction of live and band music. Even after we go so old that our music may be found in a small museum, we’ll still sing our songs there silently.”