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Fusing the fuzz-fueled guitars and loose rhythms of acts like Dinosaur Jr. To the experimental soundscapes of artists such as Sonic Youth and The Cure, Koalra is an emerging indie rock band who recently moved to Portland from their native Chicago.

The ’90s influenced four-piece released their self-titled album in December of 2019. The eight-track debut is a noise-fest of uplifting, yet thrashing guitar tracks full of grungy melodies. In 2020, Koalra moved on to more introspective themes with the follow-up EP “Surprise Lights”, this change was inspired by the steadily growing uncertainty of our time. A trend that has slowly evolved through their next releases.

Later that year, they released “The Wakes”, which featured more hopeful themes in tracks like “Hold On” and “Lifting”. Early 2021’s “Into The Everything” finds the band dip into new wave territory with the glimmering shades of “Torture” and the cathartic gloom of “The Scene”.

Sparked by new additions to their lineup and a new location full of creative people, Koalra plans to turn things up a notch as they prepare their next album “Love Songs To Remind Us That We Can’t Stand Each Other.” A collection of love songs fueled by the disenchantment of our current social and political climate.

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