Could you introduce yourselves to our readers?
Sumin Jo*: Hello! We’re Patients, a punk rock trio based in Seoul. In April we released our second full-length album, “18.” And in May we traveled to the UK to play some concerts in London and Liverpool. It’s nice to meet you all!
Why did you choose Patients as your band name?
Sumin Jo: I thought that because of Korea’s rapid economic growth, Korean society experienced some pain. And since we’ve all grown up as part of that society, all people are sick at some point. The word “patients” can describe all of us in this situation, so we chose Patients as our band’s name.
As well, in Korean the word for patients has two meanings. It can mean sick people but also refer to please who seek pleasure. We like this ambiguous meaning. We like the idea that people may be sick or in a hard situation but still seek pleasure. That’s the main idea behind our band.
You recently performed in the UK, how did it feel to meet the European public?
Sumin Jo: It felt great! Our tour this past May was actually our second time performing in the UK. Our first tour there took place last year. Performing in the UK is always a pleasure for us. One thing we love about playing there is that the audiences warm up to our music very quickly. It’s awesome to be able to move past language – since our songs are all in Korean – and communicate only by energy and sound with the audiences there. Since this was our second time touring in the UK, we were able to meet up with many people who had seen us play last year. It was so wonderful to see them again, and we’re grateful to them for continuing to support Patients. Thanks so much to anyone reading this who saw us play last month in London on Liverpool. We’ll see you again next year!
For those who do not know your music, how would you describe it?
Sumin Jo: Our music mixes classic punk with other sounds that we like. I like to tell people that our music will take them to a better place with better feelings.
Who and/or what inspired you to want to start playing music?
Sumin Jo: I started this band because I was influenced by classic punk rock bands and the ‘90s Korean punk rock scene. Hyuckjang’s dad is a guitarist and his mom is a pianist so he has been surrounded by music since he was young. And Jaehyuk has also been playing different instruments since he was young. He’s always been interested in the range of sounds that different instruments produce.
Where do you see your band five years from now?
Sumin Jo: I hope we’re viewed as a top band in the Korean music scene five years from now. I hope that our overseas fan base continues to grow too so that we can keep touring internationally and share our music in many new countries.
What legacy do you hope your band will leave in the future?
Sumin Jo: I hope we can be remembered as a cool band that had a cool attitude and cool songs.
What song represents you as a band the most?
Sumin Jo: I think the first single from our new “18” album, “Sipalsegi” is a very good representation of where Patients are at in 2015.
If you weren’t in the band, what would you be doing?
Sumin Jo: Maybe I’d be an architect? Actually, I majored in architecture at university.
Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with?
Sumin Jo: I would love to collaborate with any classic ‘70s punk rock bands that are still performing today. I’m always thrilled when I see the lineup for Rebellion Festival in the UK. They have lots of great bands playing there.
Could you leave a message for your European fans?
Sumin Jo: We had a blast playing in the UK in May. It’s definitely one of our favourite places to perform. We hope that we can have more opportunities to play in UK and other parts of Europe in the future. We’re looking into ways to make this happen. Thank you so much for supporting Patients and we hope to see you in Europe or Korea soon!
* Sumin Jo is the band’s vocalist and bassist.