In the spring of 2023, Kojak entered the studio of acclaimed musician and producer David James Allen to record what was initially intended to be a single tune – “Cigarettes & Whiskey.” Little did they know that this encounter would mark the beginning of a liberating creative process. The energy, sound quality, and creativity that David brought to the sessions captivated the band, leading them to expand their vision and produce a full album under his record label, Littleknown Records. The self-titled album,due out February 22nd, 2024, showcases the culmination of Kojak’s evolution and dedication to their craft and high energy and at times heavy sound.
Over the next six months, the band immersed themselves in the writing and recording of seven additional songs that would complement their initial release. Drawing inspiration from a wealth of half-polished riffs and spontaneous jam sessions, the members of Kojak embarked on a collaborative journey to create an eight-song, genre-spanning sophomore album.
While each track on the album possesses its own musical identity, common themes are thread through the tapestry of Kojak’s songwriting. Melancholy, excess, and a yearning for change resonate throughout the collection, establishing a thematic unity. One standout track, “556,” recounts a harrowing tale of a bad acid trip in their old apartment, delivering a heavy and progressive vibe. In contrast, “Wake up when the morning comes” explores the melancholy of dreading the morning and facing reality, enveloped in a more laid-back musical atmosphere. Together, these songs represent different facets of the same emotional spectrum.
Kojak’s musical journey began in 2018 with the release of their EP ‘Mac’s Place’, followed by their debut album ‘Sure’ (2022) with a focus on heavy riff-based rock ‘n’ roll, a foundation they still embrace. However, their musical horizons expanded, incorporating elements of roots, pop, and blues that each band member brought to the table. Their diverse musical influences, ranging from classic heavy rock like Led Zeppelin and the Raconteurs to contemporary artists like Wilco and the Tragically Hip, permeate their sound and can be heard like ghosts jamming with the band, on the musical journey that is their newest self-titled album.
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