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KARKOSA

Sounds likeThe Amazons, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Royal Blood
LocationBirmingham

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British Indie rock band Karkosa was formed in Birmingham in 2014 by brothers Michael and Jack Warnock. After recruiting Tom Rushton on lead guitar, Ryan Trott on bass and Will Clews on Keyboard, the band wrote and recorded a batch of songs in 2017 putting them online.

Their melodic, propulsive rock sound is heavily inspired by Catfish and the Bottlemen, Royal Blood and The Amazons. The Devil’s Greatest Trick the band’s inaugural release arrived in 2016 followed by Monarchy, Sheffield, Where the River Flows in 2017 and Lonely Kid in 2018.

In 2017, the band picked up multiple plays on BBC Introducing Birmingham, as well as several indie and rock radio stations.

In 2018 Karkosa embark on their first nationwide tour, visiting London, Leeds, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Plymouth and Bath.

How’s 2017 been for you guys?
2017 was actually an incredible year for us. We released three new singles which were all played on BBC Introducing. Most importantly, we played a load of gigs, each being better than the last.

A great year for you guys then! What would you say had been the highlight for you as a band this year?
The highlight of this year for me was our last gig at the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham. We’ve developed a small but loyal fan base that are coming to all of our gigs now. It’s crazy when they sing your lyrics back at you! It’s a small venue and the crowd looked like they were having fun!

Yeah of course! Your latest single Sheffield – could you tell me about how it came about?
Sheffield is a song I wrote last September about a girl I met whilst at Sheffield University for a short film course. The song looks into what took place between me and her and mostly how I felt after certain events took place. It was an intense few weeks!

Apart from the real life inspiration behind it, what bands/ artists would you say influence your sound?
The Amazons, Catfish and the Bottlemen, I’ve been listening a lot to a Canadian band called Bleeker. We recently recorded with a well known producer -Gavin Monaghan, he produced The Sherlock’s album. Really like that as well.

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