Sunday, April 21 2024

Koalra’s latest single, ‘Undertow,’ provides an exhilarating glimpse into their upcoming album, ‘Disasterclass.’ Hailing from Chicago, this noise rock outfit delivers a punchy and concise track that clocks in at just over 2 and a half minutes. From the outset, the song kicks in with frenzied energy, wasting no time to immerse listeners in its intensity.

The bassline serves as a driving force throughout the track, maintaining a pulsating rhythm that refuses to let up and sits nice and tight in the pocket of the solid drums. Guttural and distorted guitars add a layer of rawness, complemented paradoxically by relatively gentle vocals. The juxtaposition works seamlessly, allowing the vocals to cut through with a haunting quality, enhanced by the well-executed delay and reverb effects.

What sets ‘Undertow’ apart is the strategic use of harmonies and backing vocals, especially towards the end of the track, that create climactic moments, elevating the song before a sudden and impactful drop. The ending, quite literally an abrupt halt, adds a dynamic touch that lingers to create an almost deafening silence.

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This track reminded me of bands like Human Tetris and Hüsker Dü, and Koalra themselves say influences range from Motorama to Sonic Youth and The Cure. This amalgamation results in a unique signature sound that sets them apart in the noise rock scene.

Koalra’s evolution is evident, with a trajectory marked by their self-titled debut album in 2019 and the more introspective ‘Surprise Lights’ EP in 2020. ‘Disasterclass’ seems to be a continuation of this evolution, marked by a darker and more epic tone.


With ‘Undertow,’ Koalra teases an album that promises lush and reverberating guitar work, pulsating rhythms, and a unique musical atmosphere. The band’s ability to blend various elements while maintaining emotional resonance and musical engagement is evident in this single. As anticipation builds for ‘Disasterclass,’ Koalra’s latest release stands as a testament to their evolving sound and their knack for creating intense and memorable musical experiences.

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Koalra’s latest single, ‘Undertow,’ offers a thrilling glimpse into their upcoming album, ‘Disasterclass,’ showcasing a tight fusion of guttural guitars, pulsating rhythms, and haunting vocals. The Chicago-based noise rock outfit continues to evolve, delivering a promising teaser that combines their unique signature sound with a darker and more epic tone.
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Matt Warren

Matt Warren is a Cheshire based musician who studied contemporary music and composition. When not writing for The Indie Grid he enjoys watching 'Breaking Bad' on continuous loop and going to gigs. Since a youngster his fave band have been 'The Beatles' (with 'Cardiacs' in at a close second)... and this still applies to this day.

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