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.

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“Mango Tree's summery indie, arrives just in time as it waves goodbye to the dark winter months and drives us cheerily towards the warmer weather”

“Mango Tree - It’s fun, the production is fantastic, and the lyrics are mysterious yet thought provoking”

“Kings in Red Hoodies”

“Subtle synths trickled through new single ‘Mango Tree’, whilst ‘Red Hoodie’ was a Killers-esque monologue that set the pace for the powerful, dramatic finale of crowd favourite ‘Sheffield’”

“Karkosa’s melodic ‘Red Hoodie’ is an adolescent anthem”

“Those guys are one of the nicest and the hardest working people we have met!”

“Birmingham unsigned band Karkosa ready to rock Korea”

“From Sparkhill to Seoul: How an unsigned Birmingham band cracked Korea”

“Their latest track Where The River Flows is an insanely good track, a track you just really want to move to”

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