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KOJI to bring headline tour to Birmingham

By Rebecca Stanley | Music | Published:

American artist and activist KOJI will perform in Birmingham this month.

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Speaking on the upcoming dates Andrew 'Koji' Shiraki stated: "I have been playing shows in the UK and Europe since 2007.

"I've toured there with Into It. Over It., Geoff Rickly of Thursday, and Bob Nanna of Braid/Hey Mercedes.

"But now, I'm absolutely thrilled to be coming back to the UK with some of my best friends in music, Such Gold, before heading to the mainland again for my headline shows."

Having emerged from the same Pennsylvania DIY punk and hardcore scene that gave birth to Title Fight, Code Orange, and Balance and Composure, KOJI is best known for his splits with mid-west post-hardcore and emo favourites, La Dispute and Into It. Over It.

KOJI's critically acclaimed first and only full length, Crooked In My Mind, was produced by Will Yip and released in 2013 on Run For Cover Records.

The album saw KOJI enlist Brad Vander Lugt of La Dispute on drums, as well as both Ned Stark of Title Fight and Matt Warner of Balance And Composure on bass duties.

In 2015, KOJI signed to No Sleep Records and released the ‘Fury’ EP ahead of his appearance on Vans Warped Tour.

Activism has always been an important part of KOJI's artistic practice. His work on prison abolition, hunger, literacy, labour and many other human rights issues has inspired a new generation of young DIY artists to approach music with a community-first mindset for which KOJI has become known.

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Speaking on his activism work, KOJI said: "I have regularly taken book and food drives on the road and held lots of events with direct action steps such as letter writing to government or incarcerated people.

"Now that I own a bar in Brooklyn, we regularly host fundraisers and awareness events for groups who work on prison abolition, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, and anything else affecting the neighbourhood or the world at large.

"It will always be important to me to use my platform to uplift others."

KOJI will play The Flapper in Birmingham on January 23.

Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley
@becci_star

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.stanley@expressandstar.co.uk

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