- Words Notion Staff
KOKO are the Bristol three-piece making waves in the alt-pop scene. We catch up as they drop their EP 'All Together Now'.
Formed of Oliver Garland (vocals) Harry Dobson (bass, synth), and Ashley C (synths, lead guitar), KOKO first met three years ago at a party in Bristol and instantly clicked. Whilst hazy promises of forming a band may be long forgotten once morning comes, these three knew they had was something special.
Writing from “a situational point of view”, the trio aims to make their listeners feel like the centre of the story in each of their songs. Starting from the beat, KOKO build the song up from there.
Their first single, “Freak”, released last year – an eerie electronica number – was followed up with the subversive alt-pop “Eyes So Wide” this year. KOKO then dropped their debut EP ‘Follow’ and later, a run of singles, including the bass-driven “Silly With It”.
As they release their four-track EP, ‘All Together Now’, we spoke to the band about their new release and the importance of sticking together through tough times.
The track is about deciding between right and wrong and reflects on a relationship. Do you find it cathartic to share your experiences through music?
In terms of your creative process, what role do you each take when making a new song?
We all contribute throughout the whole process. We tend to work from a beat and go from there. It’s all about the atmosphere in the room and the vibe we get that day, and when we get that moment where a lyric or a chorus clicks into place, it’s magic!
You’ve had quite a difficult few months – what with lockdown separating you, then Ollie contracting COVID and being in and out of hospital. What kept you going in those tough times?
What kind of energy do you want to give off when you perform live?
Do you prefer writing and recording or performing and touring?
You’ve said that the Bristol scene inspires you; what else sparks creativity within you?
You’re set to release your second EP ‘All Together Now’ soon. What can we expect?
The EP was written before lockdown. Given that a lot has changed, do you see the record differently now?