Kolo are three chaps called Jon, Steve and Dani.
Originally born as a three piece in Exeter in 2006 when Jon Burnell wrote a bunch of songs about ‘all the tramps and slightly weird people who come into the record shop’, the band played some 200 gigs before being offered a support slot with American band 3 Doors Down after a phone call while Jon was quite literally cleaning toilets.
They went on to perform at the O2 academies throughout the UK including the O2 in London. Kolo recorded their debut EP with British producer Sean Genockey at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with the EP being mixed by the incredible producer Kirk Kelsey before embarking on a combined excellent adventure and bogus journey across the US, and shifting some 4000 copies, playing with bands including Mr Hudson, The Rifles and Infadels. They were also personally invited by Embrace to perform with Scouting for Girls at the very stylish Proud Galleries in London.
In March 2014 the boys flew out to Nashville TN to record their debut album with Chris Henderson from American rock band 3 Doors Down who personally invited KOLO to record their album at his very own studio. 'Do You Want To Rule The World' was released worldwide on May 3rd and was followed by a UK and European tour including a hugely successful tour of Spain and several festival appearances throughout the UK.
Influenced by the storytelling of great British bands such as The Smiths, The Jam, and Stereophonics, and sporting a rather large rock sound, the boys look forward to sweating/dancing/puking all over stages across their new London home.
"Fresh, upbeat, and poetic, with vocals to inspire a sing along. Kolo deliver in a way that both makes you smile, and emotionally relate." - Chemical Magazine
"Kolo are one of the most exciting bands to have come out of the South West in a long time. Having seen them live in the UK and the States, I can tell you its a wholehearted excellent show full of great music. They really deserve success." - Vic Morgan, BBC
"Musically and lyrically, they stand out. The songs, prickly yet anthemic, demonstrate a keen ear for tune as well as experimentation. There are electronic, 1980s-informed flourishes and even the odd operatic vocal..." - Graeme Demianyk, Western Morning News
"After a cooling off, the burning sensation that is Kolo is back hotter than ever and with a smoking new line-up. With explosive lyrics, fiery vocals and scorching guitar riffs, this is what makes Kolo the band for 2012 and beyond." - Phonic FM