Long Island upstarts Koyo are gearing up for the release of their debut full-length, Would You Miss It?, at the end of this month, and today they're back with one more early single, "Life's A Pill."
Vocalist Joey Chiaramonte discussed the new song and video:
"'Life’s A Pill' is a model Koyo song. TJ had written that song around the Drives Out East era of the band. I remember recording vocals for a demo version of the song with the help of Marissa from Fleshwater when I was staying in Lowell, MA for a bit, and just feeling something unexplainably cathartic when I had finished laying it out. This song was written about the passing of a family member while I was on my first full US tour, and the ways in which I struggled with that.
Because of the heavy subject matter, I was a little intimidated in terms of how to approach the video. The incredibly talented Eric Richter would be the perfect fit to help create a video that looks how I felt. Narrative took a bit of a back seat as we just wanted to create something abstract. Something visually stunning, yet hard to look at. Haunting, but not scary, and I think he absolutely aced it. Grateful for his talent and friendship, Eric is an inspiring individual."
Due out September 29th from Pure Noise Records, Would You Miss It? is an unabashedly heart-on-sleeve blend of punk, hardcore, and emo, that makes for a modern coming-of-age classic fit for any generation of listeners. The album's previous singles "Message Like A Bomb," "Anthem" and "You're On The List (Minus One)" garnered praise from the likes of Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, Uproxx, Revolver, and more, and now "Life's A Pill" provides another jolt of Koyo's singalong-ready punk. The accompanying blue-tinged music video is the perfect compliment to the crunchy guitars and big choruses, and further highlights the band's ability to draw on familiar influences to make something fresh.