Alternative indie-rock trio Komox released their sophomore EP DREAMING AWAKE VOL. 2 today via all digital retailers. The EP is available now at iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon and Spotify now.
The Los Angeles-based band was founded by vocalist and bassist Bryce Soderberg long-time member of the multi-platinum selling band Lifehouse, and features his long-time songwriting partner and ModwheelMood guitarist Pelle Hillstrom and drummer Kris Persson. The trio formed with a shared vision for melodic-atmospheric alternative rock and launched a Pledgemusic campaign in 2014 which culminated in their first EP, DREAMING AWAKE VOL. 1, which was released in January.
Komox will play an EP release show on Thursday, September 29th at 10PM at The Sayers Club in Los Angeles which will be their first Los Angeles show performing music off the new EP.
DREAMING AWAKE VOL. 2’s lead single “Untouchables” “captures the resiliency of spirit and warm California indie pop-inspired energy lying at the heart of Komox,” says Atwood Magazine. The magazine goes on to say that track “Million Ways” “embodies a moment we know all too well: The hardest test of a relationship; the hardest strain of love. Soderberg’s personal lyricism, mixed with Komox’s musical ability to highlight the emotional nuances embroiled in that tense moment in time, result in a catchy, resonant and relatable anthemic ballad.” Purevolume.com, who premiered the song “Dreaming Awake” today, called the track “a sparkly, soulful synth-pop ballad.”
The above commentary nicely describes Komox’s balance of light and dark on the EP, and speaks well as an introduction to the young band’s overall sound.
Having experimented with dark-pop sounds with production from (Nine Inch Nails) keyboardist Allesandro Cortini and collaborated with Producer/Mixer Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83) and Producer/Mixer Mark Needham (The Killers/Imagine Dragons), Komox played countless shows developing, writing and recording demos around Los Angeles before heading into the studio to record both volumes of DREAMING AWAKE. Musically the band counts the great sounds of Depeche Mode and Simple Minds among its influences with an underlying core of synthwave pop rock. They are currently in the studio in Los Angeles working on their debut full length album, to be released in 2017.