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KOYO are Huw Edwards (lead vocals, guitar), Jacob Price (sampling, synthesisers), Seb Knee-Wright (guitars), Dan Comlay (bass) and Tom Higham (drums).

Formed in Leeds in 2015, KOYO have fast become a major factor in the city’s burgeoning music scene.

A powerful live force, KOYO create sonic spectacles through soaring layers of sound. Songs become extended improvisations, spontaneous expressions of emotion. Based on their electric live performance they were selected to open the BBC Introducing Stage at the 2017 Reading and Leeds festivals, the latter resulting in a mention in the Guardian Online review. In 2018, they followed up with critically acclaimed performances at Rockaway Beach Festival, Live at Leeds, Camden Rocks, Sheffield Tramlines and Download festival.

Their eponymous debut album was released in September 2017 to critical acclaim, receiving outstanding press reviews in Q Magazine, Classic Rock Magazine, Planet Rock Magazine, Prog Magazine and Louder than War. The album also made the Top 25 albums of 2017 in Classic Rock, Prog Magazine and Louder than War, at #24, #19 and #21 respectively.

Having successfully road-tested stunning new material on their recent 2018 September tour, they re-entered the studio in February 2019 with producers Mike Horner (Hot Chip, Everything Everything, Yonaka) and Tom Orrell (Weirds, Eaves, Wandering Monster). With latest single “Before” serving as a foretaste, they plan several releases throughout 2019/20, starting with “Circles” in late August.

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Latest single “Before” out now!

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KOYO REVIEWS

“An audacious blend of Radiohead’s noodling and Tame Impala’s grooves” MOJO

“Expansive yet infectious, this interstellar debut is the dawning of space pop” 8/10 Louder Than War

“Every once in a while something gets passed in your direction that changes the course of everything. KOYO is that something” 10/10 God is in the TV

“Radiohead meets Hawkwind” The Guardian

“A beautiful, lush and vast work” Yorkshire Evening Post

“A dazzlingly different sound” PROG

Ranked amongst the top 50 albums of 2017 in Classic Rock, Louder Than War, God Is In The TV and PROG.“

BEFORE REVIEWS

“An explosive live phenomenon, their gritty take on psychedelia has a character, an identity all of its own” CLASH

“Guitar certainly isn't dead for KOYO. 'Before' is angular, gritty, riff heavy rock at its finest, where tight vocal harmonies meet even tighter guitar interplay” The Unsigned Guide

“Picking up where Radiohead left off and smoking something tasty with Pink Floyd along the way, KOYO give us good reason to feel optimistic about 21st century progressive music” Classic Rock

“With shades of Radiohead, Nirvana and Sonic Youth, this is heavyweight alt rock with real pedigree and bite” Gig Soup

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