The Native Sound News

Koji Announces Three Winter Shows; Tour-Exclusive Copies Of "Matters" EP Will Be Available

Posted on December 23rd, 2013

After a successful run of shows in the UK, Europe and Japan, Koji is happy to announce the following shows in his home state of Pennsylvania. The first show, this Friday in Harrisburg, will be his first hometown show in two years.


12/27/13: Harrisburg, PA @ MakeSpace w/ Rebecca Marie Miller, Placeholder (info)
01/03/14: Lansdale, PA @ Lansdale Music Factory w/ Halfling, Placeholder (
01/14/14: Lancaster, PA @ Animal House w/ Placeholder (

These will also be the first shows that Koji’s tour-exclusive edition of the Matters EP, limited to only 50 copies, and pressed on navy blue tape, will be available. As many of you know, Koji's copies of the tape didn't make it to him in time for his shows overseas. And if you know that, you probably know that all other copies of the EP sold-out within three days of posting them on our webstore. Don't sleep on it – when these are gone there will be no other way to get your hands on this tour-exclusive variant. 

The Native Sound Signs Miserable!

Posted on December 16th, 2013

Today I am ecstatic to announce The Native Sound’s first official signing: Miserable, the solo project of Kristina Esfandiari, former vocalist of Bay Area shoegazers, Whirr. We will release her debut EP early next year.

Kristina’s first release as Miserable was a split 7-inch with PA's Grey Zine, which was released on Run For Cover Records earlier this month. Kristina also writes and performs under the name King Woman, and released a limited edition cassingle titled 'Degrida / Sick Bed' on Sleep Genius earlier this year.

For now, listen to both tracks off her 7-inch split release (“Night Confessions” and “Devoted”) and pick it up at Run For Cover Records for a preview of what’s to come.

Check back early next year, and follow for news on the upcoming EP!

Koji "Matters" EP Available Now!

Posted on November 12th, 2013

Koji's new EP, Matters, is now available on a limited edition cassette tape, and digital download! Download the release on Koji's bandcamp page, and fill out the "Looking for something out of stock?" form on the cassette tape's product page to be notified of any future re-pressings of the EP.

Koji is currently on tour in the United Kingdom and Europe with Into It. Over It., and Slingshot Dakota, with dates in Russia and Japan to follow. Dates and tickets can be found here.

Finally, a huge thank you goes out to all who supported, and pre-ordered the limited edition tape, selling it out much quicker than any of us could have anticipated! Your orders have been shipped and should be arriving soon.

Watch Koji perform "Like We Do" from the Matters EP, live:

Koji to Release Matters EP with The Native Sound (Pre-orders available + tour dates)!

Posted on October 31st, 2013

I am ecstatic to announce that The Native Sound’s second release will be an EP titled Matters from my good friend and Run For Cover Records artist, Koji!

For over five years, Andrew Shiraki (known to most as Koji), has toured and promoted a handful of EPs, 7-inch singles and full-length splits with the likes of Into It. Over It. and La Dispute in the most DIY way possible – on the road, performing in the basements, VFW halls and clubs of the world, armed with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and his voice.

After signing to Boston’s Run For Cover Records in the fall of 2010, landing tours with artists as diverse as Never Shout Never, Code Orange Kids, and even the Vans Warped Tour, Koji released his much anticipated debut full-length album,Crooked In My Mind in April of this year. Playing alongside members of Balance And Composure, Title Fight, and the Lauryn Hill band, Crooked In My Mind proved that Koji’s brand of passionate, and socially conscious punk-informed pop-rock was ready for a larger audience.

On November 12th, while touring the United Kingdom and Europe with Into It. Over It. and Slingshot Dakota, Koji will release Matters – an EP produced, engineered and mixed by Will Yip at the legendary Studio 4 in Pennsylvania during their initial 2011 demo sessions. The four songs, available as a digital download and limited edition cassette tape bring to mind the stripped-down acoustic stylings of his initial releases, whilst incorporating the striking strings and soulful intricacies that would later make their way onto his debut LP.

The Matters EP is now available for pre-order at our webstore.


w/ Into It. Over It., Slingshot Dakota

11/10/2013 - Borderline - London, England

11/11/2013 - Victoria Inn - Derby, England

11/12/2013 - Alter Ego - Manchester, England

11/13/2013 - Audio - Glasgow, Scotland

11/14/2013 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, England

11/15/2013 - Clwb Ifor Bach - Cardiff, Wales

11/16/2013 - The Exchange - Bristol, England

11/17/2013 - Joiners - Southampton, England

11/18/2013 - Fighting Cocks - Kingston, England

11/19/2013 - La Miroiterie - Paris, France

11/20/2013 - JC de Klinker - Aarschot, Belgium

11/22/2013 - Dynamo - Eindhoven, Holland

11/23/2013 - Cafe Lorenz - Munster, Germany

11/24/2013 - Pools - Gottingen, Germany

11/25/2013 - Blue Shell - Cologne, Germany

11/26/2013 - Ex-Haus - Trier, Germany

11/27/2013 - Sunny Red - Munich, Germany

11/28/2013 - Cassiopeia - Berlin, Germany

11/29/2013 - Beatclub - Dessau, Germany

12/1/2013 - Arena 3 Raum Bar - Vienna, Austria

12/2/2013 - Hafenkneipe - Zurich, Switzerland


Solo Headlining Dates

12/4/2013 - Flat Bar Piter - Kazan, Russia

12/5/2013 - Art Garbage - Moscow, Russia

12/6/2013 - KOPEN Bar - St. Petersburg

12/7/2013 - Hardi Gardi - Vologda, Russia


w/ Man Overboard, Daylight

12/11/2013 - Clapper - Osaka, Japan

12/12/2013 - Club Zion - Nagoya, Japan

12/13/2013 - The Game - Tokyo, Japan

12/14/2013 - Golden Pigs Red Stage - Niigata, Japan

12/15/2013 - Antiknock - Tokyo, Japan

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