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Denver, Colorado, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

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OKO TYGRA @ The Hi-Dive

Denver, Colorado, United States

Denver, Colorado, United States

OKO TYGRA @ Synesthesia - Denver Psych Fest

Denver, Colorado, United States

Denver, Colorado, United States

OKO TYGRA @ Syntax Physic Opera

Denver, Colorado, United States

Denver, Colorado, United States



Many great stories often come about after traumatic events in people’s lives. Denver outfit OKO TYGRA are one of those stories. Principle Joshua Novak suffered severe head injuries that were life threatening in an accident. During the aftermath, he came to realization that he wanted his life to take another direction, thus OKO TYGRA came out of the rubble drawing inspiration from their affection for Slowdive and Cocteau Twins.

On March 3rd, they will be releasing their Glass Jaw/Plasticine 7″ through Egghunt Records. The result of the release is a soothing, intricate blend of dreampop that allows darker tones to softly land on a pillowy base. They have already revealed the shimmering “Glass Jaw”, now we have the equally satisfying “Plasticine”. Listen below. - My Old Kentucky Blog

Mondays suck, but we don’t care because today, we’re excited to premiere Denver dream pop quartet OKO TYGRA’s new music video for their single, “Glass Jaw.”

OKO TYGRA began with a head injury. Some time ago, lead vocalist and guitarist Joshua Novak was involved in an accident that left him with in a life-threatening state of cranial carnage. Spoiler alert: he’s fine, but when confronted with that near-death experience, he decided that something needed to change in his life. And thus, OKO TYGRA was conceived, the result of Joshua throwing caution to the wind and doing what he really wanted to do. And thank god, because OKO Tygra’s hazy, atmospheric psych-pop is fucking good.

Though they’ve only been together for about a year, they’ve headlined all their first shows, opened for national acts like HIGH ENDS and were the only band to represent Colorado in last year’s CMJ in New York.

OKO TYGRA are releasing a 7ʼʼ vinyl on EggHunt Records (White Laces, Sun Machines) in March, which they’re working on with Snake Rattle Rattle Snakeʼs, Wilson Helmericks. And if their record sounds anything like the dark and stormy lovechild of Slowdive and the Cocteau Twins that characterizes “Glass Jaw,” we reckon we’ll be burning off the grooves of that vinyl.

With regards to the video, well, … sometimes you’ve just gotta make a music video with a plastic hand stroking a Barbie’s face with all the earnest tenderness of lovers reunited after decades of war.

Check it out and scroll down to read our exclusive interview with the band... - IHEARTCOMIX

It has often been said by gurus, oracles, and therapists everywhere that music is one of the greatest catharses that humankind has ever known. Take the case of Denver, Colorado’s Joshua Novak who began Oko Tygra after surviving serious head trauma, where the healing process initiated the projected that would translate experiences of being into new audio lifeforms. With a profound resolve, Oko Tygra took shape in full bloom, and full force, with the forthcoming Glass Jaw/Plasticine 7″ available March 3 from Egghunt Records, and we are proud to present the following listen to the a-side.

“Glass Jaw” beams and slowly burns bright like watching campfire flames wave like orange and yellow silk in slow motion. The courses of life’s fragile realities are examined with keys that adorn electric guitar cadences that counts glass hearts, glass jars, glass stones, glass figures, glass eyes, glass scars, and more. Houses and mansions of glass are observed in a world of care, caution, and a beautiful kind of chaos reign together. The bricks, mortar, and metal of hardened earth become immediately transformed by Joshua Novak’s vision to be the most precious, fragile, and beautiful things in the world to cherish. Joshua joins us after our following debut of “Glass Jaw”. - Impose Magazine

There are certain musicians and listeners who believe that music should test you... Three local acts set out to prove this theory on Saturday at the Oriental Theater... OKO TYGRA opened the show brilliantly: brash, polished and immediately commanding attention. Between the exquisite vocal force that is Joshua Novak and the gauzy guitar textures, there was a lot to take in. The four members (guitar, bass, drums, with Novak on vocals, keys and guitar) filled the Oriental with revelatory, Cocteau Twins (among others)-inspired sonics. OKO TYGRA appears not only ready for SXSW in a few weeks, but, hopefully some well-deserved national recognition. With a standout performance like Saturday night, it seems inevitable. - Denver Post - Reverb

Featured here are the two tracks from the Denver four-piece Oko Tygra’s latest 7″. As it creeps up like a slow burn, “Glass Jaw” is a prime example of the band’s blissful use of restraint, and “Plasticine” gets better and better with every listen. As with most dream pop, the idea is not necessarily to blow minds here — and the band readily references Slow Dive and Cocteau Twins as influences — but just like those artists, it is a feel, a mood immemorial, which one sometimes just can’t help but turn to for mellowed out satisfaction. - Redefine Magazine

Oko Tygra is one of the Denver bands representing the Mile High City at this year's CMJ in New York City. The group is slated to play at Niagra on Wednesday, October 22. For a group that started in March 2014, getting selected for CMJ is certainly an achievement. For songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Joshua Novak, it's also a bit of a way for him to break with his past and establish a new musical identity as well. Recruiting a couple of old friends, bassist Tyler Rima and drummer Neil Robertson, as well as a gem of a Craigslist find in guitarist Russell Ault, Novak was able to realize a vision for starting the kind of band that had bright, hazy atmospheres and finely textured melodies. - Denver Westword

"Denver dream pop quartet Oko Tygra have been together for less than a year but were the only Mile High City band to perform at CMJ in New York City this October. Additionally, the group recorded their 7” vinyl release with Wilson Helmericks from Snake Rattle Rattle Snake. Oko Tygra’s lead vocalist and guitarist, Joshua Novak, sat down with AXS to discuss the band’s whirlwind 2014 in this exclusive interview." - AXS

"The Decemberists, Oko Tygra and more make our picks of the best Denver-area shows this week...

Along with bands like Shady Elders, Inner Oceans and Rose Quartz, Oko Tygra is leading Denver’s growing dream/synth-pop scene. A relatively new act, Oko Tygra has already represented the state nationally at CMJ and SXSW. On Glass Jaw, the band blends dark dancefloor production, with shimmering pop hooks. The music has a mysterious atmosphere without being too heavy or cerebral — it’s moody, but still fun. On May 23, the band is celebrating its 7″ release on EggHunt Records at the Hi-Dive. The night also brings promising Fort Collins Dream Pop act Sound of Ceres." - Denver Post - Hey Reverb

Combining organic percussion with a drummer and a drum machine, the band had some complex rhythms that somehow felt pretty straightforward. There were times that the band explored the tonal swirl one heard in old Slowdive songs, threading its way through the melody. The subtle dub composition of at least one song along with the hushed and hypnotic songwriting had that calming yet dream-provoking quality of Lucifer period Peaking Lights. Refreshingly eclectic in its songwriting, Oko Tygra not only more than hinted at its future promise, it ushered in the promise of Syntax Physic Opera as a place to see artists not short on a sense of grace and sophistication. - Denver Westword

We know you’ve heard too many synths in the last year, and dream pop is becoming as overcrowded as the Duggar household, but we’re smitten with the new sounds from Oko Tygra. Joshua Novak, the man behind Oko Tygra, cites Cocteau Twins as an early influence and it’s an easy connection to make with the sweet surrounding synths of “Glass Jaw.” It’s quicker for you to just listen yourself than for us to go into why we love this four-minute cloudmood. - Stereo Subversion

Oko Tygra is lead by the intrepid Denver staple, Joshua Novak, who recently was placed in the top 20 of 560 bands in The Denver Post’s Best of The Underground. Oko Tygra is Novak’s dark and dreamy counterpart and they “just finished recording two songs with Wilson Helmericks from Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, which (they) plan on releasing on a 7” sometime within the next couple of months. The songs explore apathy, youth, and learning to let go of ghosts.”~ Joshua Novak. - Moon Magnet

It’s here again, you guys…the World Cup of music the music industry (aka CMJ 2014) will kick off its marathon madness tomorrow (10/21) and go-go-go until Saturday (10/25). The beauty of the upcoming few days is that you can stumble upon your new favorite band that (as of this writing) you may not even know EXISTS, but with so so SO many shows and showcases happening, navigating the whole thing can be a little (read: a lot) overwhelming. That’s why we’ve gone ahead and listened to EVERY (yes, every) artist OFFICIALLY listed on the CMJ roster for this year, and we’ve whittled your choices down from an alleged thirteen hundred plus acts... OKO TYGRA Niagara 10/22 (4:45-5:15pm) - BrightestYoungThings.com

“I was mostly impressed, I think one of the best bands I saw this weekend… the band was called OKO TYGRA and it was just really chill music, kind of vibey, it was chord-ey, simple pop song structure type stuff but it had really good grooves. It was chill. All of their tones were spot on. Everything was super tight… It was really good. I was really impressed.” - The Awful Truth

"With more than 100 local and national bands packed into one day in Denver, the Westword Music Showcase is like an adrenaline shot of music. From beginning to end, it’s in total about 10 hours of bands, and in that time you have quite a bit to see. This means making some tough decisions. To help you plan you your local schedule, we put together our suggestions of local acts to see on June 20 in the Golden Triangle...

3:40-4:20, Dazzle — Oko Tygra: This will be a nice next step from Plume Varia. In the velvety confines of Dazzle, you can catch the moody dance act Oko Tygra. Thoughtful and patient grooves drive Joshua Novak’s dreamy vocals to cloudy spaces." - Denver Post - Hey Reverb

These Denver-natives bathe sweeping synth melodies in whirring guitar riffs and sonic-boom percussion builds to create something nostalgic and modern. They infuse indie-rock with modern pop elements and will definitely show Sunday’s crowds what they’re made of. - 303 Magazine

Name three local acts that shouldn’t be missed [at UMS 2014]: #1 Excited to see Oko Tygra for the first time. - Dear Denver

The Underground Music Showcase returns for its 15th year in Denver this weekend. With more than 400 acts scheduled to perform Thursday through Sunday along South Broadway, the UMS lineup is rife with remarkable Colorado artists along with national headliners like STRFKR and DIIV. Here's a sampling of just a few of the artists set to play the event and footage of them in the CPR Performance Studio. Check out the videos below and find out when and where they'll play this weekend... The shoegaze-inspired project of Denver musician Joshua Novak performed at last year's CMJ festival in New York City. Catch them at the Main Stage, 99 S Broadway, Sunday at 3:30 p.m. - CPR Open Air

...the beauty of this festival lies in discovery. When assembling our staff picks for the July 23-26 event on South Broadway, we wouldn’t be doing the festival (or you) any justice by suggesting folks you’re already going to see. So, we did our best to find some excellent artists playing the UMS whose names you haven’t yet heard. They range from vintage rock to R&B, hip-hop to bedroom pop. Take a listen, and if you like what you hear, fill up their shows at the UMS. Then everyone will know you liked them first... OKO TYGRA: This Denver band has already played national festivals like South by Southwest and CMJ with a wash of vintage synths and dreamy vocals, hitting the cycle of throwback music that’s hot right now. 3:30 p.m. July 26, Main Stage - Denver Post - Reverb


Still working on that hot first release.



Denver's OKO TYGRA is the dark and dreamy creation of intrepid Songwriter, Joshua Novak. After suffering an accident that left him with a life threatening head injury, Novak realized something had to change. Thus, OKO TYGRA came out of the rubble drawing inspiration from their affection for Slowdive and Cocteau Twins. In 2015, they released their Glass Jaw/Plasticine 7" on EggHunt Records. With those recordings, they received media praise from the likes of Impose Magazine, My Old Kentucky Blog, IHEARTCOMIX as well as charting on numerous radio stations like KEXP in Seattle. They have played SXSW, Red Rocks and were accepted into CMJ in New York in 2014 & 2015, making them the only band to represent Denver in the 2014 showcase.
Most recently, the band was signed with LA based label, GREY MARKET. They are releasing their full length album made with producer, Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Wild Nothing, Violens).

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