In 2017, Drummer Laura Roberts joined K.O.A. With this lineup, the band chemistry and live show dynamics were undeniable and the band felt unstoppable.
Their second CD, “The New Norm” was released in 2017 to positive reviews. After a slew of shows to support “The New Norm”, the band landed a coveted spot in the largest annual festival on Hawaii Island; the 2017 Kona Rocktoberfest.
Musically, K.O.A’s sound is unique and comparisons are difficult. Reviewers have described their music as “a raging hybrid of metal and punk“ where “every track takes you by surprise”. Yet in all that chaotic wild intricacy, K.O.A. manages to write songs that pull the listener in with strong hooks and memorable subject matter.
2018 marks an exciting chapter for the band as they prepare a follow-up to “The New Norm” with a planned late fall release. Never ones to rewrite the same album year after year, K.O.A.’s sound continues to evolve as they further challenge themselves with each album, all while maintaining the core sound that sets them apart.