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KARKOSA

UNITED KINGDOM

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Karkosa was formed in Birmingham in 2014 by brothers Michael (vocals & guitar) and Jack (drums) Warnock. After recruiting Tom Rushton (lead guitar), Isabelle Smith (bass) and Will Clews (keys), the band wrote and recorded a batch of singles which they self-released online. Heavily inspired by Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Amazons and Royal Blood, Karkosa blend heavy guitar riffs, subtle synths and Killers-esque monologues to produce the perfect adolescent anthems.

2018 proved to be a pivotal year for the quintet. In the UK, Karkosa were nominated for “Best Indie Band” and "One to Watch 2018" at the Birmingham Music Awards. They also won the HotVox 2018 Isle of Wight online competition. Further afield after going viral in South Korea Karkosa headed out to Seoul for their first shows in the country. The band received a welcome usually reserved for pop and rock idols. Fans gathered at the airport to meet them, and a meet & greet session that was expected to last 30 minutes turned into 3 hours. Their first headline show sold out in under five minutes, and their second performance was a packed set at the country’s top showcase festival, Zandari Festa. The enthusiasm of their Korean fans caught the attention of management and record labels, and, having signed to Seoul-based independent Beeline Records, Karkosa returned to the peninsula early in 2019 for more two more SOLD OUT headline shows in Seoul (400cap) and Busan (150cap). While in Korea the band also recorded a single for release later this year. 
The stage is set for Karkosa in 2019!

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Quotes

"Karkosa’s melodic Red Hoodie is an adolescent anthem"

- Let it Happen

“Red Hoodie was a Killers-esque monologue that set the pace for the powerful, dramatic finale of crowd favourite Sheffield”

- Counteract

Where The River Flows is an insanely good track

- The Music Blog

“Mango Tree's summery indie, arrives just in time as it waves goodbye to the dark winter months and drives us cheerily towards the warmer weather”

- The Unsigned Guide

“Mango Tree - It’s fun, the production is fantastic, and the lyrics are mysterious yet thought provoking”

- Ear To The Ground Music

Discography

Full Bio

Birmingham-based rock band Karkosa are making waves in the UK and have the potential to become Korea’s next big thing.

Karkosa formed in Birmingham in 2014 by brothers Michael (vocals & guitar) and Jack (drummer) Warnock. After recruiting Tom Rushton (lead guitar), Will Clews (keyboard) and Isabelle Smith (bass) the band wrote and recorded a batch of singles which they self released online. Heavily inspired by Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Amazons, Karkosa blend heavy guitar riffs, subtle synths and Killers-esque monologues, to produce the perfect adolescent anthems.

Karkosa have been nominated for “Best Indie Band” by the Birmingham Music Awards consecutively for the past two years and won the HotVox 2018 Isle of Wight online competition, out voting over 5000 other bands. They also received support and airplay from the likes of BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. They were on the receiving end of some high compliments from DJ Steve Kelly who said "Quite a few of my fellow presenters loved your song Sheffield. No exaggeration, but the guitar work on it is up there with Hotel California. Karkosa’s songs have also been added to numerous influential playlists and have been streamed over 60,000 times on Spotify alone. Karkosa’s song Mango Tree featured on the spotlight section of the Unsigned Guide in April 2019

Further afield, 2018 became even more memorable as the band unexpectedly went viral in South Korea. After hitting Instagram to promote his band, Michael made contact with some Korean fans. 24 hours later an official Korean fan club had been created and the band had gained over 2,500 new followers across Instagram and Twitter. Wanting to build on the buzz they were generating in Korea, the band packaged their singles into an EP entitled Red Hoodie for a special Korea-only release, and the clamor for them to play in Korea began to grow.

In October 2018 Karkosa headed out to Seoul for a pair of shows. The band received a welcome usually reserved for pop and rock idols, not young up-and-coming indie bands. Fans gathered at the airport to meet them when they arrived, and a meet & greet session that was expected to last 30 minutes turned into 3 hours. Their first show, a headlining gig, sold out in under five minutes, and their second performance was a packed set at the country’s top showcase festival, Zandari Festa. The enthusiasm of their Korean fans caught the attention of management and record labels, and, having signed to Seoul-based independent Beeline Records, Karkosa returned to the Peninsula early in 2019 for more two more SOLD OUT headline shows in Seoul (400cap) and Busan (150cap). While in Korea the band also recorded a brand new single, Aurora (set for release on May 31st 2019). 
The stage is set for Karkosa in 2019!