Hooked is the first song from Koalra’s upcoming album, “The Wakes”. The song and album were recorded less than 3 months after their last EP and less than a year after their debut self titled album.
Fusing the grotty, fuzz-fuelled guitars and loose rhythms of acts like Dinosaur Jr. to the energetic and experimental soundscapes of artists such as Sonic Youth and Ween, Koalra are an emerging noise punk band hailing from Chicago.
The 90’s influenced four-piece released their self-titled album in December of 2019. The eight track debut is a noise-fest of uplifting, yet thrashing guitar tracks and drearily sincere, grungy vocal melodies. From the soaring, euphoric breakdowns of stand-out alt anthems like “Dark Days” to the savagely, fierce energy of songs like “Black Nightmare” and “Sprung”, Koalra cover a lot of ground in the genres of punk, indie and noise pop.
Rising out of a garage music project in their hometown, the band is comprised of four friends who are all influenced by similar bands such as Boyracer, The Thermals, The Cure, Dinosaur Jr., No Age and Wavves.
In early 2020 Koalra released their followup EP titled “Surprise Lights” with the surfy sun soaked anthem “Dear Daylight” which publication Doubtful Sounds says “hollers and sings with a beautiful melancholic angst.”
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