Young Leeds psych-rockers KOYO are back today with their new single You Said It, the first taste of their eagerly awaited sophomore album of the same name. After national radio support, widespread press acclaim and festival appearances last year, the new song finds the band fine-tuning their alt-rock melodies with a falsetto vocal giving way to a nagging chorus hook and punchy grooves. You Said It was produced by Mike Horner (Franz Ferdinand/Everything Everything), and the new album is set for release on 29th May.
Fans of mathy-yet-slick indie rock like Foals and Alt-J should be adding this to their playlists now…
“We were attracted to the ambiguity of the phrase,” explains frontman Huw Edwards. “Originally it was inspired by the notion that once something has been said between two people, once certain boundaries have been crossed, it can sometimes be impossible to move on. You can try to backtrack, but trust is already undermined and relationships damaged. Or maybe a truth was spoken, and “You Said It” represents a kind of catchphrase – a final coming-to-terms with the fact that a relationship has become un-saveable. The various faces in the artwork of this album, seen already with our singles “Circles” and “Ostracised”, represent the many facets of someone’s personality; the underlying layers beneath the visible surface, that can become disorientating and untrustworthy. Like walking through a hall of mirrors and being unable to distinguish between truth and illusion.”
Formed in Leeds in 2015, KOYO have fast become a major force in the city’s thriving alternative scene. A powerful live act, the band create sonic spectacles through soaring layers of sound. This electric show has blown away audiences at Reading & Leeds, Download, Ramblin’ Man, Live At Leeds and Camden Rocks Festivals. Their eponymous debut album received rave reviews in Q, Classic Rock, Planet Rock and Prog Magazines upon release in 2017.