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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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