Long Island upstarts Koyo have announced their debut full-length, Would You Miss It?, due out September 29th from Pure Noise Records. In just a few short years the band have been turning heads with their unabashedly heart-on-sleeve blend of punk, hardcore, and emo, and now Would You Miss It? makes good on that early promise with their most satisfying release to date.
To mark the announcement, Koyo have shared the album's first single "You're On The List (Minus One)" which can be streamed below. Driven by huge guitars and a heavyweight chorus, the track is a perfect introduction to Koyo's hyper-anthemic sound. The song's accompanying music video is a tongue-in-cheek testament to the Koyo's ability to tie together different generations of East Coast punk and hardcore, featuring winking appearances from Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance, modern hc favs Regulate, photographer Michael Dubin, and producer Jon Markson.
Emerging from the Long Island underground with members of Typecaste, Hangman, and Rain of Salvation, Koyo hit the ground running with a sonic style that fully embraces the sound of their legendary scene. Drawing on elements like the widescreen melodies of Taking Back Sunday or the tuneful grit of Silent Majority, the band have managed to wear their influences proudly while cultivating songwriting chops that speak for themselves. Would You Miss Is? was recorded by Markson (Drug Church, Taking Meds, One Step Closer) and his deft production sounds gigantic without sacrificing the basement show rawness of Koyo's sound. It's an album that figuratively and literally brings together the past and present of East Coast punk, with appearances from Glassjaw's Daryl Palumbo, The Movielife's Vinnie Caruana, and Vein.FM's Anthony DiDio. The result is a modern coming-of-age classic that's fit for any generation of listeners.