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.