“Prog-rock Brisbanites Kodiak Empire traipse within a realm of unorthodox time signatures, eerie guitars, and heavy percussive drumming, carving themselves a mark on the experimental metal landscape.” (4ZZZ)
Brisbane’s Kodiak Empire are turning heads around the world with their ever-changing time signatures, myriad of textures and tones, and explosive instrumentals. The prog-rockers are now undertaking their latest interstate tour in support of their acclaimed debut EP ‘Silent Bodies’.
Just weeks after releasing the music video for “Hakbah”, the latest single from their 2016 EP, Brisbane progressive rock outfit Kodiak Empire are heading out on an East-Coast tour throughout April.
Kodiak Empire’s six-date ‘Hakbah’ tour will kick off supporting none other than Aussie prog stalwarts COG, who broke from hiatus in early 2016 and proceeded to sell out shows around the country, at Brisbane’s Eaton’s Hill Hotel on Saturday 8th April.
The quintet will then captivate audiences in Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, and Melbourne, before rounding off the tour with an electrifying hometown show at Foundry Records on Saturday 29th April.
As one of their main musical influences, Kodiak Empire’s vocalist Bryce Carleton says sharing the stage with COG will be one of those unbelievable “pinch me” moments.
“There aren’t words that come remotely close to describing how much playing alongside COG means to us. They were hugely influential for us as musicians and performers, so it’s an honour to share a stage with them!” says Carleton.
The exploratory and pulsating “Hakbah” is an 8-minute epic, chock full of cavalier twists and turns. Poised perfectly, or perhaps imperfectly, on the boundaries of prog and alternative rock, “Hakbah” shines among the EP’s five tracks as an absorbing, sporadic piece of thunderous and melodic musicianship and astonishing songwriting.
Fun facts about Kodiak Empire
> ARIA winning producer Govinda Doyle recorded, mixed, and mastered their debut EP ‘Silent Bodies’.
> Outside the band, the five guys have quite the variety of interests, ranging from surfing and fishing, to painting, and even flying planes.
> Keyboardist Josh Engel, early in the Kodiak Empire’s timeline, left the band when he thought he needed to move interstate. They held a farewell show for him, but when he found out he no longer needed to move and re-joined the next week.
> Guitarist Joseph Rabjohns attempts to combine the topics ‘progressive rock’ and surfing in every conversation he has, according to his band mates.
> Drummer Benjamin Shannon is well known for his “extremely high cartons-per-hour rate in the nightfill industry”, and busks for cap guns and cigarettes.
> Vocalist Bryce Carleton is an audiophile, and is always looking to optimise high record setup.
Though Kodiak Empire explore a myriad of genres and tones on ‘Silent Bodies’, the EP’s lyrical goal was to eliminate any obvious meaning, allowing a listener to create their own individual lyrical understanding.
“Each song acts as a puzzle piece to outline a feeling of overwhelming desire for change in the face of society’s constant and accepted injustices, juxtaposed with the temptation and ease of escaping this reality.
“The lyrical ambiguity is mirrored in the melodic forms, fluctuating in response to the music and acting as both a conceptual and rhythmic element,” says the band.