. . . Whatever That Means

Lineup:
Jeff Moses (Guitar/Vocals)
Trash Yang Moses (Bass/Vocals)
Bialy Mlody (Guitar/Vocals)
Daewon Kim (Drums)

…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 Moses (guitar/vocals) and Trash Yang Moses’s (bass/vocals) wedding, they have spend nearly six years building a reputation as a hardworking DIY band and were described 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.

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Though their first performance came in February 2009, it took almost five months 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 ever studio recording and 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 for a two-week Malaysian tour.

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 group also toured 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 2013 and released an EP of cover songs called “Hong Gu Goes To Prison.” In May 2014, they issued their second full-length album, “Sixty-Eight, Twenty-Two,” which featured Jonghee Won of Rux, one of Korea’s biggest punk rock bands, singing on the title track. In support of the album, band toured throughout Korea and opened for The Bruce Lee Band (USA) and Guitar Wolf (Japan) during their shows in Seoul.

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Photo Credit: Ken Robinson

In November 2014, a documentary featuring WTM titled “Us & Them: Korean Indie Rock in a K-Pop World,” was released be screened at 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 single along 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 gigged in Malaysia and Singapore. Following the tour, new members, Bialy Mlody (guitar) and Daewon Kim (drums), joined the band. Currently, WTM is recording their next release and plans for another US tour are in the works for summer 2016.

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Photo Credit: Ken Robinson

“This is a band that song after song, without explicitly stating it, shows a prolific awareness of the genre in even the most deceptively simple little flourishes…” ~Busan Haps Magazine (Korea)

“… 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

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)

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Photo Credit: Ken Robinson

Music Videos:
Punk Rock Tourist
Sixty-Eight, Twenty-Two
Way Too Busy

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