the koo

the koo

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The koo combines snappy hooks and melodic anthems with thought-provoking words and ideas to produce an intense and engaging sound. The band identifies their music as "melodic rock" based in songwriting and creative arrangements.

Biography

the koo

Some might think it a disaster waiting to happen. That is, the idea of two Yankees and two Rebels forming a rock band and naming themselves after a French-derived word that classically denotes violence and rebellion. But make no mistake, while the band’s lyrics often coincide with their suggestive moniker and center on provocative ideals such as individualism and dissension, The Koo [coup, properly] achieve a melodic and cohesive sound that isn’t likely to be overthrown any time soon.

“We just try to write catchy songs that are engaging,” explains founder and lead singer Josh Harper. Indeed, strong melodic hooks and dynamic arrangements dominate the group’s steadily growing repertoire, which includes poppy anthems like ‘Ryan Kennedy’ and ‘Take It Away’ as well as plodding rockers such as ‘Wood Installer’ and ‘Who Saves The Day?’.

The Nashville-based quartet was conceived in early-2004 when Harper enlisted the help of a few musician friends to record a 4-song demo of his own material. Among the recruited ‘session’ players for the project was drummer Joel Grumblatt, who contributed on two of the tracks. Upon completion of the demo, Harper and Grumblatt agreed to assemble a permanent band. Soon after, the pair was joined by lead guitarist Jesse Waterman, whom Harper cites as a musical acquaintance he had known from a few years back.

With Waterman in tow, the koo would spend the next several months woodshedding in Harper’s basement, shaping their sound and fleshing out the core arrangements of what would become their current song catalogue. In May 2005 the band signed up for a talent show at downtown Nashville’s Global Café and recruited bass player Tucker Caton who was a fellow classmate of Waterman at MTSU. Upon receiving a favorable response from their 3-song set at the talent show, the band invited Caton into the fold to complete the lineup.

Since then, the koo has accumulated a handful of shows under their collective belt performing in both Nashville and Murfreesboro. Frontman Harper concludes, “Our focus right now is honing our craft as a band and building a local fan base.” The group also released a 7-song EP [EP 1] in July of 2006.

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Lyrics

Take it Away

Written By: Josh Harper

Well I just don't see it. I will not believe it, and I do not receive it today. If my world is an island, and I live here beside them, how could I ever hide them that way? I need some isolation for this old meditation of manipulation decay. To be sure I am able to disarm and disable all the army's enabling me.

Take it away. All that I fought to save today. With all I could say.

I am often mistaken for this thing I am faking. I am all but forsaken today. Do not look these eyes, you'll see through the disguise of lies to rise extraordinary. I'm consumed with the label of a life of a fable. I will soon turn the table on me.

So take it away. All that I fought to save today. With all I could say.

Ryan Kennedy

Written By: Josh Harper

Ryan Kennedy is a friend to me, and a sword that swings by my side.
Any fool could see nothing’s stopping me, but an enemy is going to try.

Everyday I want to up and run away. How can I stand and fight if I don’t stay? Everybody said they really don’t care and I really don’t care what anyone says anyway; cuz this is my life my love and my blood to give. How can I die if I have not to live? Everybody said they really don’t care and I really don’t care.

Chorus:
Did I seem overjoyed to see your ugly face? And, if I seem annoyed its cuz I thought I’d left this place. So pardon me if I leave you here and lonely, but you are not my own my only.

Call it destiny call it what you see. It meant the world to me to see you go. Once of weaker men filling flesh with skin you’d have found an in to make a show.

You’re coming on strong cuz you know not what I feel in my vein I strain for what is real. Now I see how I stand and you flee, how you never could be other than the death of me. Now this is my life my love and my blood to give; and I’d give for the life I long to live now I see how you never could be how you’re nothing to me.

Chorus:

Did I stutter? Was I not clear? Where you fooled to think you’d find a home in here, in a body, in a soul, or in an old familiar guise of my control?

Chorus:

Love Abrasion

Written By: Josh Harper

I hit the floor bleeding my heart out from a love that left me that way; and I think just for fun that she misplaced my gun cuz she wants me to see her again.

What can you do? I know you can’t kill me. I’m a man who’s already dead. So one-step at a time and I know I’ll be fine, when I’m back in her arms once again.

Chorus:
So break me break me down but understand I’m not a simple kind of man. My love to make it complicated is underrated. I am. I am like a troubadour I’ll sing of it forevermore. This pain evasion love abrasion is pure elation, oh.

I didn’t cry! It’s so unbecoming for a man, and I like it that way. Give a push and a shove and I’ll fall back in love with the one who has made me this way.

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Discography

the koo ep1

Set List

So Bold
Wood Installer
Ryan Kennedy
Love Abrasion
Jesseland
Let 'em Get Away
Take it Away
The Epic
Assbeater

This is our 40+ minute set. We have other strong material to cover an hour set. We typically don't perform covers, but we are always working on a few top 40 hits if the occasion calls for it.