Kyoshi releases debut single 'Bang'
Kyoshi's brazen and infectious music is indeed a wondrous thing! Mighty cool and very impressive.....excellent....musically superb, lyrically brilliant and compositionally challenging - it's a great formula and a sensational end product! - Toxic Pete
Kyoshi are "banging" and this girl's got the attitude and the rhymes to enable them to make a make a huge impact in 2009. Dynamic and exciting....fresh, imaginative....a band imbued with boundless energy, flair and vitality...a genuinely talented, exciting singer/ songwriter, who half sings, half raps and is blessed with both wit and wisdom. - Von Pip Express
The very amazing Leanne King, with rhymes so wicked she'll flip you upside down and tell you what she's found, fronts Kyoshi, a band who all hail from North London.
Kyoshi's music is an upbeat mix of indie, ska and hip-hop - it's pop music with attitude. It's like the Tate Modern - full of weird shapes and bright colours.
The band formed in Leicester where drummer Ben and guitarist Dan, who were both members of the Leicestershire Junior Orchestra, met in their school playground. Bonding over music and making mixtapes for each other naturally turned into making music and they got together with bassist Chris while still at school. The band was complete when Dan's younger sister Leanne insisted on joining them after discovering the finer things in life on a summer trip to Amsterdam.
The quartet moved to Muswell Hill, North London where they now share a house, write songs and do the 'being in a band in London' thing.
Kyoshi, in case you were wondering, is taken from a Zen word that Leanne read wrong. It means 'we are one'.
The band site as their influences the Chilli Peppers, Lauryn Hill, No Doubt and Ian Brown. Says guitarist Dan:
We have a genuinely exciting and vibrant singer that half raps, half sings, proper solid and tight beats that you can dance to and really great sing along choruses. Bass plays an important role in our songs as it does in all the great bands from the Beatles to the Chilli's.
Kyoshi's debut single Bang! is a song about an endearingly clumsy boyfriend who keeps bumping into and dropping things. Bang! is produced by hip production team The Animal Farm and introduces to the world a new band with a new sound and a tune you'll be humming the minute you hear it. Bang!
The single will be released on Monday 27th April '09 on The Animal Farm and available via i-Tunes and all major download sites.