After turning plenty of heads with their acclaimed debut album in 2017 and a recent run of festival performances, Leeds alt-rockers KOYO are back today with their immediate, grungy new track Circles. With Circles streamlining their psych wig-outs and shoegazey effects into a tighter, poppier indie-rock framework, the band have also announced a run of UK tour dates for the Autumn including shows in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Brighton and Manchester.
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“When we started writing songs for the new album, we realised we were trying too hard to create our best work and ideas started to feel too convoluted and contrived,” explains frontman Huw Edwards. “We remembered that we needed to trust our gut and switch off the conscious side of our brains, without worrying about whether it’s gonna be any good or not. Circles was a breakthrough in that respect. It came together so quickly and felt so authentic to what was truly inside of us, lyrically and musically. We were getting really inspired sonically by early Smashing Pumpkins and bands like Pavement, and generally wanted to give things their own space rather than throwing a million ideas at the wall. Circlesis about trying to rescue a relationship and being stuck in a cycle of wanting something to work – but continuously not being able to make it work for reasons almost beyond your control.”
KOYO will play the following shows in September/October –
1st Sep – Bingley Weekender
24th Sep – Gullivers, Manchester
26th Sep – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
27th Sep – Electric, Brighton
29th Sep – The Old Blue Last, London
8th Oct – The Wardrobe, Leeds
22nd Oct – The Polar Bear, Hull
For ticket info, head to koyoband.com now.