Kohai

Kohai

BandAlternativeRock

Kohai is an eclectic, dreamy, hard rock band that isn't afraid to create an atmosphere around the music. We write songs that are heavy, songs that are light and folksy - and everything has a load of dynamics that play with the listener's ears.

Biography

Kohai formed in mid-2003 as an acoustic duo, and quickly grew to incorporate a rhythm section for a larger sound. Personnel changes in early 2004 landed the band with a solid, experienced set of musicians. The band's sound is collaborative effort of four intelligent, thoughtful individuals who are all committed to making the absolute best music. Kohai released their debut album, "What We Are Waiting For", in 2005 to lavish reviews.

The drums are groove-oriented with forays into pounding tribal rhythms, the bass is melodic and fluid. A swirling mixture of guitars and synth sets the stage for melodic vocals and just-thick-enough harmonies.

George Eninger : Guitarist

George Eninger started playing electric guitar in 1992, when he was given a 1978 Guild electric s300d by a very good friend of his. “Learn how to play this, were starting a band….”

He quickly grew into the melodic laid back guitarist that he is today. With the use of tasteful effects, a guitar synthesizer and a “less is more attitude” George brings a ghostly ethereal feel to Kohai. George currently lives in Cincinnati OH.

Mark Szabo : Drummer

Mark started beating on various objects at a young age - perhaps even before birth - but started drumming with others at hippie get-togethers in the early 90s, playing congas and djembes, and eventually graduated from bonfire drum circles to bands. Known for his powerful beats, and ability to shift gears from heavy pounding to subtle murmurs from the drums, Mark also sings with the band, and recorded the quartet's debut release.

Shaun Henry : Vocals, Guitars

Music is the passion that drives and inspires the life of Shaun Henry. A born singer and a practiced guitar player, he is a complex muisican with a drive to learn and create the art that he has grown to love. Shaun is the primary songwriter for Kohai. His thoughtful, heartfelt lyrics blend with technichal rhythmic guitar schemes that provide insight into his life.

Jake Evans: Bass

Jake started his musical journey ate the age of thirteen. The guitar was the first to get his attention and he began an unconventional study of music, picking up other instruments soon after (bass guitar, banjo, violin, and percussion). "It doesn't matter to me so much what instrument I'm playing....I just love being a part of the music." Jake feels that music is a portrayal of all senses and emotions seeing all of his surroundings, experiences and emotions as unique impressions on his musical mind. "There is always music all around us and in our lives...anything can be an instrument, anything can be a song...as we all are."

Lyrics

Wake Up

Written By: Shaun Henry/Kohai

Come and talk to me again
Tell me all the places you have been
The weeks go by way too fast
I want to make everything last just a little bit longer

In my mind I guess I'm only seconds away from this breaking down

I don't know who I want to be today
The colors blend in overcast, a simulation of my experience
I'm trading sleep for all these memories
Take a picture before I forget how this goes

In my mind I guess I'm only seconds away from this breaking down
In my mind I guess I'm only seconds away from this breaking down
Breaking down

Does everyone want more than I have to give?
Second tick back again, don't they?
Wake up
Wake up
Wake up...

In my mind I guess I'm only seconds away from this breaking down
Breaking down
Breaking down...

Red Room

Written By: Shaun Henry/Kohai

Something's coming over me
A subtle calm I cannot see
Whispered words are everywhere
Spinning lines that fill the air
Telling stories that I love to hear
Like I'm caught in the strongest wind

Take a step in someone's mind
Snap the rhythm keeping time
Lay the beat and make it strong
Watch the bodies move along
Floating in the strongest wind
We are floating in the strongest wind

Open arms and welcome eyes
This brings me out of my disguise
Late at night when I am gone
The song of life brings me home
Calling like the strongest wind
Slow down like the strongest wind

Something's coming over me
A subtle calm I cannot see
Feel the way it's moving me
Holding us inside the breeze
Calling like the strongest wind
Slow down like the strongest wind

Brand New Scene

Written By: Shaun Henry/Kohai

Help me if you can I'm working on another way to reach my lover's arms
The rhythm's working in my favor this time - I can feel it pulling me in
Don't go chasing pipe dreams of her beguiling ways
Illusions of love may not always be what they seem

Dressing up and going out on the weekend - this is how we like to spend our time
Hanging out late in Cincinnati - the party's started, come on, it's time to follow me downtown

Let's go chasing night dreams of an alcoholic blaze
Start the music with some rock and roll please
This is what we need to get us through the night

What we have here is a brand new scene
Something before you have never dreamed of
What we have here is a brand new dream
Something before you have never seen

What we have here is a brand new scene
Something before you have never dreamed of
What we have here is a brand new dream
Something before you have never seen

Discography

Kohai released their debut CD, "What We Are Waiting For", in 2005. It has been played on WAIF, WNKU and is streamable from the band's website, the MySpace.com website, and on the SonicBids site.

Set List

Our set list includes our entire original catalogue. We currently don't cover anyone else's material. We have some interesting song names, though:

What We Are Waiting For
I Know
Guitar and the Girl
Trails of Light
Brand New Scene
Walk Away
Wild Eyed Beauty
Late Night Drive
The Same
Down
Wake Up
Lovely
Red Room

We have about an hour and a half of original music.