Karkosa formed in Birmingham by brothers Michael (vocals & guitar) and Jack (drummer) Warnock. After recruiting Tom Rushton on lead guitar, Will Clews on keyboard and Isabelle Smith on bass the band wrote and recorded a batch of singles which they self released online. Heavily inspired by Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Amazons, Karkosa blend heavy guitar riffs, subtle synths and Killers-esque monologues, to produce the perfect adolescent anthems.
Karkosa have been nominated for “Best Indie Band” by the Birmingham Music Awards consecutively for the past two years and won the HotVox 2018 Isle of Wight online competition, out voting over 5000 other bands. They also received support and airplay from the likes of BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. They were on the receiving end of some high compliments from DJ Steve Kelly who said "Quite a few of my fellow presenters loved your song Sheffield. No exaggeration, but the guitar work on it is up there with Hotel California". In April 2019 Karkosa featured on the influential - Spotlight by the Unsigned Guide.
The enthusiasm of their Korean fans caught the attention of management and record labels, and after signing to Seoul based independent Beeline Records, Karkosa returned to the peninsula early in 2019 for headline shows and recording sessions.
Karkosa’s singles have been added to numerous influential playlists and have been streamed over 60,000 times on Spotify alone.