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    Psych-rockers KOYO share their picks of the best rock venues in the UK

    Having released their self-titled debut to critical acclaim from the likes of NME, MOJO, Q, Dork, Clash and The Guardian, Psychedelic rockers KOYO have released new single ‘Jettisoned’. They’ve also been championed by Steve Lamacq on his BBC6Music show and had praise from the likes of Killing Joke and Napalm Death.

    The track drops ahead of a string of festival performances including Download Festival, Camden Rocks and Tramlines. We caught up with KOYO to discuss their new single, current artists to watch out for and the best places to catch live music in their home town of Leeds.

    What has been your favourite live performance to date and why?

    Probably Reading and Leeds or our last hometown show at Brudenell Social Club. Reading felt like we made it for half an hour and headlining Brude was a dream come true, plus it sounded off the chain. 

    Give us 5 current artists you would recommend we listen to right now (any genre you like)

    Ekhe 

    Kari 

    Yussef Kamaal

    Max Cooper

    Donny Mccaslin 

    What’s the inspiration behind your latest single ‘Jettisoned’?

    Lyrically it was inspired in a very paranoid and frantic state of mind. That irrational maze you sometimes lose yourself in when you come out of a relationship but can instantly see the holes in once you come out the other side. Musically it’s pretty schizophrenic, it’s inspired by everything from Alice in Chains to Tower of Power. 

    What was the best pub/bar/club you’ve been through on tour?

    We always have a lot of fun down in Brighton. We’ve been lucky with the weather there so it always feels like we’re on holiday. Last time we went we were at the Hope and Ruin. Great venue, and the fact you can go and hang out at the beach afterwards is pretty awesome. 

    What’s the name of your fav local back home in Leeds?

    Brudenell Social Club. There’s a gig every night, it’s a place you can always find your friends and the promoters still do a lot for the local scene. Leeds wouldn’t be the same without them. 

    When was the last time you had a proper holiday and where did you go?

    You don’t get holidays when you’re in a band.

    What’s the best street food you ever ate?

    Leeds’ Patty Smith’s Dirty Burger still takes a lot of beating. 

    New single Jettisoned

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7lx27hB3gVhP054g0VuzaA

    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/koyo/1221594193

    BandCamp: https://koyoband.bandcamp.com/album/koyo

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/koyouk/jettisoned

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