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 are Michael Warnock - vocals & guitar, Jack Warnock - drums, Tom Rushton - lead guitar, Will Clews - keyboard and Isabelle Smith - bass.

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.

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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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