Darius Koski

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Marketing Highlights

  • Darius is known for his singing/songwriting/guitar work in Swingin' Utters and Filthy Thieving Bastards
  • Swingin' Utters have over 250,000 in catalog sales
  • LP Includes a digital download of full album
  • US Tour dates planned for 2017
  • Second solo full length album
  • Features, reviews, and ads in AP, Razorcake, Punknews, MRR, New Noise
  • Key Markets: San Francisco, LA, NYC, Santa Cruz

Bio

Darius Koski is incredibly modest, talking about his songwriting approach as if it were an afterthought. “I don’t really go into it thinking about anything in particular,” says Koski, “I just write stuff and then choose what I think is the best out of all of it.” But for nearly three decades that nonchalant approach has served him well, building a body of work as a member of the Swingin’ Utters and Filthy Thieving Bastards, as well as launching a solo career a couple years back with Sisu. And while much has been madeof Koski’s prolific nature—in his estimation, he always 60 or 70 songs kicking around in various forms—allows him to constantly push boundaries and expand his creative palate in the process. And now, he’s prepped What Was Once Is By And Gone, his second solo record that will be out on Fat Wreck Chords this fall, and it’s his most expansive work to date. Where Sisu dripped with Koski’s Americana influences—with everything from folk to country having a seat at the table—What Was Once Is By And Gone is an even more eclectic batch. “Since I was a little kid, I’ve always listened to every genre of music,” says Koski, noting that his genre-less writing approach has long been embraced by his beloved punk band Swingin’ Utters. “We’d always have one song on the album that was a little bit out there,” says Koski, taking pride in the fact that he’s been writing songs that divert from people’s preconceived notions for his entire career. On What Was Once Is By And Gone it’s still easy to Koski’s masterful hand guiding each of the songs, but you can see the mark of artists such as The Kinks, Leonard Cohen, and even the dark, unsettling works of Nick Cave present this time around. Songs like “Old Bones” and “Stay With Me” are unlike anything he’s done before, as Koski tells evocative stories that ache forward like a tumbleweed in the wind. And when he is returning to the Americana roots of Sisu, as he does on album opener “Black Sheep,” you can see shades of Johnny Cash’s acclaimed American Recordings series. Though not a concept record, Koski’s work on What Was Once Is By And Gone feels cinematic, with layers of instruments building a distinct world, using instrumental pieces to shift the album’s tone and tenor like a director uses a film score. “A Version” is a somber, desolate moment that sees the record transition into its final act, flush with a trumpet line that could have been lifted from a classic jazz record. It’s a bold move, but one Koski pulls off effortlessly. “The majority of the songs I write are not punk rock songs, so it’s been a torturously long time,” says Koski, “A lot of it was getting the courage to be out there,” noting that Sisu proved he could unfurl his creative energy however he wanted, and What Was Once Is By And Gone is the next step in that creative evolution. Following the release of What Was Once Is By And Gone, Koski will be taking this show on the road, doing double duty as he opens the upcoming Swingin’ Utters tour. After years of writing songs that never felt like they fit anywhere, Koski’s given them a home on this album, allowing himself to indulge in the uproarious moments of punk, and the introspective space that’s been undercutting it all along. With What Was Once Is By And Gone, Koski proves that, after decades in the game, the results just keep getting better.

Tracklist

1. Black Sheep
2. Old Bones
3. Stay With Me
4. A Little Buzz
5. Because He’s Beautiful
6. Stupid Sentimental
7. Yes I Believe
8. Soap Opera
9. The Observer
10. A Fresh Glass of Nothing
11. A Version
12. Dead Ended Days
13. Imitation Tala
14. Little Johnny
15. Tangled Chords
16. Another Man

Home Market

Santa Cruz, CA - USA

Album Details

Artist

Darius Koski

Album Title

What Was Once Is By and Gone

Street Date

11/03/2017

Order Due Date

10/06/2017

Genre

Rock/Punk

Label

Fat Wreck Chords

Configuration

CD Longplay

Price Code

CD13

UPC

751097099124

Box Lot

30

Catalog #

709912

Album Details

Artist

Darius Koski

Album Title

What Was Once Is By and Gone

Street Date

11/03/2017

Order Due Date

10/06/2017

Genre

Rock/Punk

Label

Fat Wreck Chords

Configuration

Vinyl Longplay 33 1/3

Price Code

LP15

UPC

751097099117

Box Lot

50

Catalog #

709911

Album Details

Artist

Darius Koski

Album Title

What Was Once Is By and Gone

Preorder Date

09/29/2017

Street Date

11/03/2017

Genre

Rock/Punk

Label

Fat Wreck Chords

Configuration

Digital Audio Longplay

UPC

886446750873

Tour Dates

Bandsintown