Strangle Kojak are a four-piece pop-rock band from Birmingham whose sound has been strongly influenced by artists like A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon and Skrillex, and their emotive and angst ridden anthems evoke these musical-geniuses’ influences, with Strangle Kojak’s genre sweeping across post-hardcore and acoustic music.
Their tracks, Stop Drop Dead, and Too Late To Say I’m Sorry, contain feisty guitar riffs, vigorous drum playing, shouty vocals, and fiery lyrics, reminiscent to bands such as Bullet For My Valentine, My Chemical Romance, and The Used, Whereas the laid-back, and emotive Band of Brothers, is more comparable to the softer tones of Never Shout Never and Anarbor.
The most beautiful, and spine-tingling Strangle Kojak song is Away I Go with its dubstep intro and backing harmony throughout, its heavy guitar sound and screaming vocals during the chorus, and the Skrillex inspired tune at the end, likeable to 30 Seconds To Mars.
The band is made up of 21 year old frontman and lead vocalist Omar Elkaseh, 20 year old guitarist and vocalist Ashley Neal, 21 year old bassist and vocalist Sam Jones, and 21 year old drummer Max Such.
Their favourite films include Anchorman, The Hangover, and bizarrely, Winnie The Pooh, and the band have a variety of interests, which consist of activities that most 21-year-olds would enjoy, including nights out, bodybuilding, surfing, tattoos, and Fifa. The band are very grateful to their fans, and state on their Facebook: “We love you like no other band loves their fans, like hot chocolate loves whipped cream… The most beautiful view we could ever experience as a band, is the one we share with you.”
The Strangle Kojak 1991 EP (titled of course because they were all born in 1991), which contains the tracks The Start, Stop Drop Dead, Drink Up, You Win I Lose, Your Band, and Woman In The Red Dress, is available to buy in CD format, along with other merchandise, from their website.
For a full list of the band’s upcoming events, please visit their Facebook page.