Andrew ‘KOJI’ Shiraki, has announced a full schedule of UK and EU dates for January and February 2019 with support from Such Gold and Ducking Punches.
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.”
KOJI’s always been known for his splits with mid-west post-hardcore and emo favourites, emerging from the same DIY Punk and Hardcore scene in Pennsylvania DIY punk that created talents like Title Fight, Code Orange, and Balance and Composure.
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.
After his hiatus from touring, aside from four shows in Japan with The Movielife this past spring, 2019 will see KOJI back in the spotlight. “I’ve been writing, climbing, and operating a bar and community space I own in Brooklyn called, June.“ mentions Shiraki. “It was really important for me to take some time out, after spending my entire 20s on the road. It’s nice to finally live in one place.”
“I initially came off the road to do some spiritual and emotional repair. The decision to slow down came during the rise of both Black Lives Matter and Trump. I knew that I wanted to participate, better educate myself, and grow in certain ways I could only do in very localized community. Taking the time for myself has grounded me and I know that I’ll be singing from a deeper, stronger place in 2019. I’m ready for the year ahead.”
KOJI’ has always integrated activism within his artistic work. From prison abolition, hunger, literacy, labour and many other human rights issues KOJI isn’t afraid to speak up and inspire a new generation of young DIY artists to approach music with a community-first mindset.
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 neighborhood or the world at large.
“It will always be important to me to use my platform to uplift others.”
Catch KOJI On Tour In The UK & Europe:
17 JAN – Broadcast, Glasgow UK #
18 JAN – Palm House, Belfast UK #
19 JAN – Fibber Magee’s, Dublin IRL #
20 JAN – Redrum, Stafford UK #
21 JAN – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes UK #
22 JAN – Corporation, Sheffield UK #
23 JAN – The Flapper, Birmingham UK #
24 JAN – Anvil, Bournemouth UK #
25 JAN – Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham UK #
26 JAN – Hobo’s, Bridgend UK #
27 JAN – Cobblestones, Bridgwater UK #
28 JAN – UCA, Canterbury UK #
29 JAN – Komedia, Brighton UK #
30 JAN – Boston Music Rooms, London UK #
31 JAN – JC Kavka Antwerp B *
02 FEB – Baracke Münster DE *
03 FEB – Astra Stube Hamburg DE *
04 FEB – Venue TBA Saarbrücken DE *
07 FEB – Kulturak Klub Bratislava SK *
08 FEB – Robot Budapest HU *
09 FEB – 1906 Schaan FL *
11 FEB – Freakout Bologna IT *
12 FEB – JUHA West Stuttgart DE *
13 FEB – Druckluft Oberhausen DE *
14 FEB – Monster Records Hannover DE *
# = Full band show w/ Such Gold & Ducking Punches
* = Solo show