Indiandapolis newcomers Sakoya fuse a catchy hard rock sound with elements of synth-fused metal that they describe as an “older nu-metal feel.”
The band have bounced into 2020 with a bang, releasing their debut single Lost and Reckless on January 3. And it’s one hell of a good way to get started.
Lost and Reckless opens up with bubbling synth sound then big guitar chords and driving drums under a little lick and twinkles of synth in the background. That drops into a verse of vocals over drums, light guitars and synth, then bursts of heavy guitars jump in and build up to a big singalong chorus “You’re lost and you’re reckless, I’m done and I meant this, Words I wish I could forgive them, Thoughts are strangled in my head, So lost and so reckless, I’m done and I meant it, You can try but you can’t save me, Memories are far from dead.”
A second chorus jumps straight into a section of heavier guitars under Alex’s vocals “I’m a breath away from sinking, I’m a step away from breaking now, The only thing can save me, Is lowering me” before dropping into a final chorus. It’s super-catchy, heavy and enjoyable. Check it out in the video below:
We chatted to frontman Alex Nauth to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Sakoya?
AN: “Sakoya is a four piece hard rock band from Indianapolis, Indiana. We have all played music in the area for year and Josh, Alex, and Yog used to be in a band together about 5 years ago. Those three have since reconnected with the addition of Mike who Josh met through the military.”
GR: You just released Lost and Reckless. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
AN: “We would say to expect something that you can sing along to and also rock out to as well. We were inspired by previous events in our lives where some of us actually felt Lost and Reckless and going together really made us feel alive again. It has a deep and different meaning for each individual member, but as a whole it would be that.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
AN: “We would consider ourselves a hard rock band, something with an older nu-metal feel. We don’t like to compare ourselves to bands and want people to listen and tell us what they think. Everyone’s perception is different with music so we usually just have people listen and they tell us.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
AN: “We draw lot of our influence from previous events and how music is an escape for all of us. We all find a purpose in life within music and hope that resonates with our fans. We put a lot of emotion and meaning into all of our songs and always will. We want to make a connection with all of our fans and hope to make a different in their lives.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
AN: “For each member is varies drastically, but as a whole we would go with Korn, Slipknot, Motionless In White, Wage War, Creed, Limp Bizkit and so many more.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
AN: “We have a lot of music ready to release in 2020. We will be releasing singles over the next month or two then plan on releasing our EP as well. We will be starting to play shows shortly and plan to hit the midwest hard and hopefully beyond.
“In the next couple months we hope to play free shows for our men and women in military as that is very near to our hearts with Josh and Mike being in the military. We will also start recording new music later this year that we have already started working on.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
AN: “People should expect great things from us this next year and into the future. We love the music we write and can’t wait to share it with everyone. The meaning to all of these songs are deep for us and know many other people have similar feeling. Hopefully fans can find that in our songs. We want fans to come out to shows, get wild with us and have a great time. Our shows will be an escape from reality where we will connect with every fan and they can have a sense of belonging.”