80s New Wave and Psychedelic Rock just had an illegitimate love child. Born out of wedlock, Doko entered this world in late 2015 as a band trying to ﬁnd their feet in a post lockout law Sydney. The band have gigged up and down the East Coast searching for an identity and sound of their own. From playing full capacity headline shows at the Oxford Art Factory’s gallery bar to three people in a rural pub, the band has quickly become a force to be reckoned with.
Doko dropped their radio-unfriendly EP Dezmonia in 2016, an uncompromising foray into psychedelic beach rock. With assistance from producer Chris Rolans (Lanie Lane, Cloud Control) they created something wild and unique while still holding on to their pop sensibilities. The EP’s “care-free licks and crooning vocals” were met with an enthusiastic reception from fans and local media, receiving an A+ rating from the Pilerats music blog.
After a gestation period of a few months, support from FBi Radio, local press and an east coast tour, the EP had reached a new audience and the crowds began to grow. By the end of 2017 Dezmonia had also picked up some international support, with rotation from American and Canadian college radio stations, including KYSM San Antonio (2nd most played), KCSS Turlock Canada, WTJU Virginia, WPPB New York and many more.
Emboldened by the D.I.Y. success of the EP, Doko decided to head back into the studio in early 2018. This time, with ARIA award winning producer Steven Schram (San Cisco, Paul Kelly, The Creases), the band’s identity and sound was pushed even further. Doko returned from Melbourne’s Soundpark Studios with some of their best material to date. Swapping their laid back psychedelic sound for something more upbeat and aggressive. The band are looking to tour, release and record more music throughout the rest of 2018.