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Koji

Fury

No Sleep Records
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After releasing his debut full length, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native Koji is back on the EP circuit. Not shy to release his music in short and concise formats, Koji has always preferred to do his own thing rather than follow any sort of mandated release pattern. His latest comes in the form of a 4-track EP entitled Fury, which finds Koji expanding upon his intimate, acoustic-inspired sessions in the same full-band environment that first took root in Crooked In My Mind.

 This time around, Koji isn’t afraid to further expand upon his plugged in personae. In fact, the title track gets a little gritty early on with some muddy alt-rock guitar action. It’s not quite garage-grade fuzz, but there’s a certain steady buzzing flow to the riffs that certainly makes for a bold opening statement when combined with the chorus’ steady bass groove and Koji’s airy vocals. Producer Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive, Balance and Composure) makes use of Koji’s knack for intimate, personal connections in songs like “Breaking And Broken,” whereas those like “Everyday” build upon a foundation of rich indie-rock near-hooks that ebb and flow between a drum-drawn, jaunting tempo and catchy chorus marking the track as an approachable pop-leaning high.

 Sonically Fury is a solid step forward; it’s lyrically where Koji struggles slightly this time around. Even when you start singing along, the words linger in your head aren’t of the most striking consequence considering Koji’s social-activist intentions. For instance, the well-compose fourth and final track, “Question,” centres around the classically Koji chorus line, “I hate this question, that I might always be asking.” But the simple lyrics becomes so prominent, recurring and relied upon, that the deeper message gets overshadowed (the track requires an unnaturally close listen to mine its depth).

Increasingly plugged in and reaching for catchier highs, Koji once again aims to evolve his musicianship. Instrumentally, Fury is a lush landscape with plenty of highlights. But in tightening his scope, Koji seems to have masked some of his lyrical depth. Without ignoring his intent, Fury’s song messages aren’t quite as impactful as their earlier counterparts. While it doesn’t detract from Fury’s enjoyment, it shows that Koji needs to further adjust his style to fully realize his emergent direction.

Koji Announces New EP; Premieres Title Track

KojiSinger/songwriter and all around good guy Koji has announced plans for a a brand new EP.  THe EP will be titled Fury and is due out on June 16, 2015 through No Sleep Records.  The Pennsylvanian activist last released his EP, Matters, back in November 2013 on Run For Cover Records.

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Brigades Drop New EP, Announce Tour

Brigades cover artSoCal pop punk band Brigades have released an acoustic EP titled Our Lives Unfold yesterday via Pure Noise Records. The EP features acoustic re-workings of fan favourites and can be streamed in its entirety over at AltPress.

The band are also be hitting the road throughout April in support of the EP with Such Gold, Koji and Tommy Boys. Check out the full list of dates below.

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Koji To Reissue Some Small Way EP On Vinyl

KojiKoji has announced that for the first time the singer/songwriter’s Some Small Way EP will be made available on vinyl.  The EP was originally released back in 2010 via Run For Cover Records.  

Pressing info can be found below.

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Tours: Koji

KojiKoji has announced plans for his upcoming Spring tour.  The Pennsylvanian activist continues to support his recent EP, Matters, released back in November 2013 on Run For Cover Records.  Koji commented on the tour:

“This is my first solo acoustic tour in the US since last year’s Acoustic Basement Tour. I’ll be playing in support of my first full length, Crooked In My Mind (Run For Cover Records), while also taping these performances at alternative and independent venues for the second installment of my Spring Song live series.”

Full tour dates are below.

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Koji – Matters (Of The Heart And Mind)

KojiKoji has premiered a new song from his upcoming acoustic EP.  The track is titled “Matters (of the heart and mind)” and serves as the pseudo title track for Matters, which is due out on november 12, 2013 via Run For Cover Records.  The EP was produced, engineered and mixed by Will Yip at Studio 4 in Pennsylvania during their initial 2011 demo sessions. The four song EP will be made available as a digital download and limited edition cassette tape.  Track listing is below.

Listen to the song here.

Koji Announces Matters EP

KojiKoji has announced the release of a brand new EP.  The EP will be titled Matters and is due out on november 12, 2013 via Run For Cover Records.  The EP was produced, engineered and mixed by Will Yip at Studio 4 in Pennsylvania during their initial 2011 demo sessions. The four song EP will be made available as a digital download and limited edition cassette tape.  Track listing is below.

The EP follows Koji‘s debut full length, Crooked In My Mind, which dropped earlier this year via Run For Cover Records.  

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Tours: Koji

KojiKoji has announced a collection of upcoming tour dates.  Koji is supporting his debut full length, Crooked In My Mind, which dropped earlier this year via Run For Cover Records.  

Dates can be found below.

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Koji - Crooked In My Mind

Koji

Crooked In My Mind

Run For Cover Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

It isn’t very often that an artist manages to tour, share split 7” records with established bands and feature in all sorts of news articles across the web without anything substantive backing them up.  But that’s exactly what Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native Koji has done over the past few years.  I’ll admit, there have been times where I’ve posted tour updates and chronicled his humanitarian efforts without knowing anything about his music, assuming that something would eventually follow.

Well, it took a while longer than anticipated, but Koji has finally released his long overdue debut full length, Crooked In My Mind.  Going in cold turkey, the one element I expected from all the solo shows, concert donations and underground popularity was a strong grassroots aura, and it’s certainly present.  While the album draws upon a full band backdrop, it channels an intimate solo approach with acoustic roots.  Songs like “The Near And Far” and “Distance/Divide” pair Koji’s soulful rhythms with his thin, fragile vocal presence.  Tracks like the former lead listeners with low, steady tempos, playing very personal, almost conversational verses off of the far more heightened, declarative chorus line, “it’s not right, something’s off, my heart is telling me.”

Koji’s move from the personal to universal is in a word, effortless.  He translates his career of acoustic shows into songs that listeners will easily connect with.  Take “Fragile Times” for instance; “I’m all grown up, I can’t find home” sings Koji capturing the sense of displacement that anyone who has made it through their early twenties can relate to.  While on paper such words might be subject to emo reproach, his empathetic nature reaches out to rather than pushes on those feelings.  That sensitivity spills over to grander songs like “In The Line,” charging even the catchiest moments with emotional investment.

Life is filled with all sorts of moments.  Some fun, “What You Leave Behind,” and others dramatic, “Pang and Flash” (check out those Lord of the Rings quest worthy backing “ahhhs”); that’s where Crooked In My Mind shines through.  Koji gets that the best way to earn an audience is through forging a connection and offering plenty to relate to.

Given Koji’s short list of tunes out there, it’s tempting to point to Crooked In My Mind’s slim, nine-song track listing as a shortcoming; but that would be ignoring that his concise nature is also his greatest strength.  Koji is a man of few words, but when he speaks, he’s well worth your attention.

Koji Full Album Stream

KojiKoji has launched a full album stream of his debut full length, Crooked In My Mind, which dropped earlier this week via Run For Cover Records.  

Listen here.

Tours: Koji / Turnover

KojiKoji has announced a co-headlining tour with Turnover.  The bands will be supported by Ivy League and Have Mercy.  Koji is supporting his debur full length, Crooked In My Mind, which dropped today via Run For Cover Records.  

Dates can be found below.

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No Sleep Records Provides Soundtrack For Endless Skater Video Game

No Sleep RecordsHuntington Beach, California’s indie record label No Sleep Records announced that they are providing the soundtrack to the upcoming video game Endless Skater; available this spring, exclusively on Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface.  

Endless Skater, the ultimate tablet and PC skateboarding game, brings real skaters, innovative controls and hours of thrilling skateboard action to your PC or tablet.  The game will feature music from No Sleep Records’ eclectic roster of burgeoning bands, including Aficionado, Into It. Over It., Wharf Rats, Stay Ahead of the Weather, Mixtapes, Lowtalker, Koji and No Trigger. Watch the trailer for the video game Endless Skater (feat. “Just When You Thought It Was Over” by Mixtape) here.

Flip, grind and fly like the five world-renowned professional skaters: Danny Way, Christian Hosoi, Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins-Pastrana, Sean Malto or Ryan Decenzo.  Each skater rides real gear from Volcom, DC Shoes, Plan B, Vans, Skullcandy and more.  Compete with friends for high scores on Xbox for Windows, upgrade your skills, unlock new zones and discover each pro’s hidden special moves.  

Koji – In The Line

KojiKoji is streaming a brand new song.  The track is titled “In The Line” and is set to appear on his upcoming album, Crooked In My Mind, due out April 5, 2013 via Run For Cover Records.  The record was engineered and produced last year by Will Yip at Studio 4. Musicians making appearances on the album include La Dispute, Balance and Composure, Title Fight, Gypsy and Lauryn’s Hill’s band.

Listen to the song below.

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Koji Details Debut Full Length

KojiKoji has released details for his upcoming new full length.  The disc will hold the name “Crooked In My Mind” and is due out April 5, 2013 via Run For Cover Records.  The record was engineered and produced last year by Will Yip at Studio 4. Musicians making appearances on the album include La Dispute, Balance and Composure, Title Fight, Gypsy and Lauryn’s Hill’s band.

An album teaser can be found below.

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Tours: Koji / Slingshot Dakota

KojiKoji has announced that the singer/songwriter will be heading on tour with Slingshot Dakota.  The tour will kick off on April 5th with Koji continuing to support his upcoming debut full-length album from Run For Cover Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Koji Announces New 7″ Single; Part Of Basement Tour

KojiKoji has announced the release of a brand new 7″ single featuring the song “Distance/Divide.” The track is taken from his upcoming debut full-length album from Run For Cover Records.

Koji will be heading on tour for a month long basement tour which also features Run For Cover label mate Vinnie Caruana as well as Geoff Rickly, A Loss For Words and Brian Marquis.  Dates can be found below.

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Tours: Koji/ Dads

In preparation for the release of his debut full-length album from Run For Cover Records, Koji has announced a northeast tour for late November and early December.

Two-piece outfit, Dads, will be joining Koji for the entirety of the tour in support of their American Radass (This is important) record released on Flannel Gurl Records earlier this year.

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Tours: Koji / Never Shout Never

Pennsylvania’s Koji has announced that the artist and activist will directly support Never Shout Never on the band’s spring tour along with Kurt Travis (A Lot Like Birds) and Renee and The Translators.  Koji continues to support his split record IIOI/KOJI with Into It. Over It. released last year on No Sleep Records

Tour dates can be found below.

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Koji – Punk Rock Hotel Session

Koji recently sat down with Punk Rock Hotel for a quick session.  The folk artist performed the song “Shift,” lifted from his split record IIOI/KOJI with Into It. Over It. released last year on No Sleep Records

Watch the pool-side performance from the punk rock philanthropist below.

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Tours: A Loss For Words / Koji / Bright & Early / Brian Marquis

A Loss For Words, Koji, Bright and Early, and Brian Marquis (ex-Therefore I Am) have collectively announced handful of acoustic tour dates in the new year.

All four tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: A Loss For Words / Koji / Bright & Early / Brian Marquis

A Loss For Words, Koji, Bright and Early, and Brian Marquis (ex-Therefore I Am) have collectively announced handful of acoustic tour dates in the new year.

All four tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: White Wives / Koji

White WivesHarrisburg, PA’ Koji will be supporting statesman White Wives for their upcoming tour.  Koji continues supporting his latest single “Hemlock” and White Wives continue to support their debut release, Happeners, which dropped earlier this year on Adeline Records.

Tour listings can be found below.

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Tours: White Wives Announce December 2011 Tour With Koji

White WivesAdeline recording artist, White Wives, announce a month long December 2011 headlining tour. Joining White Wives on this tour will be Koji. The tour is in support of their debut album Happeners released earlier this year featuring the singles “Indian Summer, Indian Summer” and “Sky Started Crying.” 

You can purchase the album “Happeners” by White Wives on iTunes and Amazon

White Wives tour dates with Koji are listed below:

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Koji – Hemlock

Singer/Songwriter Koji has released a brand new song over on Bandcamp.  The song is titled “Hemlock” and is a currently a stand alone digital single.  Koji last released a 12″ vinyl split on No Sleep Records titled IIOI/KOJI, sharing space with Chicago’s Into It. Over It.

Listen to the song here.

   

Tours: Koji / Such Gold / Last Call

Such GoldLast Call, and Koji have announced that they will be embarking on a handful of shows together as their approach their appearance at this year’s The Fest.  Such Gold continues to support their recent Pedistals EP, released last year via 6131 Records, and Koji continues to support their recent split, IIOI/KOJI.

A full tour listing can be found below.

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Tours: Koji/Into It. Over It.

Koji and Into It. Over It. have announced that they will be jointly touring the UK together later this summer.  Both artists continue to support support of their full-length split record, IIOI/KOJI, available now on No Sleep Records in both vinyl and CD.  Into It. Over It. recently announced their sophomore effort, Twelve Towns, will be be available soon on Topshelf Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Koji Announces Amplify The Peace Tour

Such Gold, Last Call, and Koji have announced that they will be embarking on a handful of shows together as their approach their appearance at this year’s The Fest.  Such Gold continues to support their recent Pedistals EP, released last year via 6131 Records, and Koji continues to support their recent split, IIOI/KOJI.

A full tour listing can be found below.

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Video: Hostage Calm – Ballots/Stones (Acoustic; ft. Koji)

Hostage Calm recently performed in an alleyway with Koji (yep, you read that correctly).  The melodic hardcore band performed an acoustic take of their song “Ballots/Stones” from their self titled sophomore full length, released on Run For Cover Records.

Watch the clip below.

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Tours: Koji

Singer/Songwriter Koji has updated his tour plans to include dates spanning the next couple of months.  The tour kicks off on March 7, and runs for whopping total 42 shows, concluding in April.  Titled The Resolve Tour, the tour seeks to spread awareness of social issues dominating much of Africa, as per advocacy group Resolve.  Koji last released a 12″ vinyl split on No Sleep Records titled IIOI/KOJI, sharing space with Chicago’s Into It. Over It.

Full tour listings can be found below.

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Video: Koji – Giants Sleeping (Pink Couch Session)

Pink Couch SessionsDespite just releasing a RVIVR performance, it appears that If You Make It aren’t done and have posted a second Pink Couch Session.

This time Koji performs the track Giants Sleeping. This song is off of his 12 inch split with IIOI on No Sleep Records.

The performance is below.

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Into It. Over It. Announce Split With Koji

Into It. Over It.Into It. Over It. has announced that they will be releasing a split with Koji.  The 12″ will be titled IIOI/KOJI is is currently set for a November 23, 2010 release via No Sleep Records.

Check out the album art and track listing below.


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