Artwork by Maggie Keogh

In the spring of 2023, the rock quartet Kojak entered the studio of acclaimed folk musician and producer David James Allen to record what was initially intended to be a single tune. Little did they know that this encounter would mark the beginning of a liberating creative process that unraveled a full LP. The self-titled album, Kojak, which will be released through Allen’s label Littleknown Records, showcases the culmination of Kojak‘s evolution and dedication to their craft and high energy and at times heavy sound.

“Midnight” is a song about hanging on to a moment, or night in this case, as long as you can, as futile as that can be. One of those nights where you don’t want it to end, whether it be that you’re having a good time, or you don’t want to see what the morning brings. It’s just as much about enjoying the current time/moment, as it is about avoiding what is about to come the next day. The song also ties in with a yet-to-be-released song, “Wake Up When The Morning Comes.”

“Every summer, [our guitarist/vocalist] Donny’s family hosts the annual Tait Volleyball Tournament where the entire party starts enjoying beverages around 10 or 11,” drummer Mitch Cory explains the inspiration for the song. “The day passes by quickly and we all find ourselves feeling pretty loose. Whether it be us, a friend, or a friend of a friend, someone is bound to be battling to keep the party going and not fall asleep on the lawn.”

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