The first time I ever listened to Koji was his split with one of my favorite bands La Dispute, but I lost touch with his stuff and I just re-encountered it when he went on tour with one of my other favorite bands Turnover. But I've been listenening to his new music and it's incredible. The CD is jam-packed with emotional/personal lyrics that people will definitely be able to relate to.
I got the chance to see him in his prime in a very personal venue in Dallas called Sons of Hermann Hall. He played on the floor and not the stage and I was very up-in-his-space personal. Between the songs he talked about what music means to him and he was just so uplifting and refreshing to listen to.
Have a lovely quality Iphone picture from the show.
After the show was over, Koji and about 13 people went outside and he played a little three song acoustic set under a streetlight. I got a little video of him doing a Bob Dylan cover.
I also had the pleasue of seeing Have Mercy at the show. I have always been a fan of Have Mercy, but this new ablum has pulled me so far in. It's definitely a mixture of Manchester Orchestra meets Brand New. It's a beautifully put together album all pulled together with the singer's, Brian Swindle, voice.
Turnover's new album "Magnolia" does not disappoint at all. I have always been a huge fan of Turnover, and I was super pump to get this album and listen to it in a dark, quiet room. It's hard for a band to establish themselves, especially in the ever growing "pop-punk" scene. But Turnover did it with this new ablum. Go listen to it all you pop-punkers, it's a must!
That's it guys, go give these three extremely talented bands a listen!