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Headline: The East Los Angeles-based rock band Lone Kodiak was founded in 2016. The band released 2 EPs, became a feature of LA’s independent venue circuit, and was among BuzzBands.LA’s Bands to Watch in 2018 before a serious motorcycle accident involving bassist Daniel Alden sidelined them for most of 2019. The unscheduled pause gave them time to reflect and refocus, shuffling their roster by adding drummer Josh Harris and returning furiously in the summer of 2020.

Location: Los Angeles, California
Genre: Rock, Grunge Renaissance
FFO: Deftones, Hum, We Were Promised Jet Packs



There’s something singular about Lone Kodiak.

Founded by Portland natives Dainéal Parker (vocals, guitars) and Daniel Alden (bass), the group found revelation with the inclusion of their drummer, Josh Harris. Drawing inspiration from iconic bands like The Cure, Hum, The Smashing Pumpkins, Explosions In The Sky, and Deftones, the group embarked on a creative journey during the pandemic, molding a distinct sonic identity that has marked them out as the next new act to watch.

Whether trying to nail down their sound or find another group as hardworking as them, the band stands alone as their namesake would against a barren backdrop. And, of course, the East LA outfit doesn’t fit in with the pomp and bluster of the Hollywood rock scene, unconcerned as they are with clout, glory, or grandeur.

The quartet (with guitarist Ben Palmer squaring the circle) combines the grit of East LA with the sublime wildness of the Pacific Northwest – a group that is at once solitary, capable, dangerous, and self-assured.

The band spent the pandemic crafting and honing their sound to a polish during the years of lockdowns and unrest the pandemic brought. What that is, or what to call it, is, again, not easy. “Grunge Renaissance”? “Post-Alt Rock?” Trying to classify them according to genre might earn the vague moniker of “alt-rock” or as far afield as “post-rock.”

Instead, their sound might be best captured by Parker’s vision for his lyrics. “I’ve always been fascinated with scale, majesty, immensity,” he muses. “I imagine my own death would ideally either being lost at sea or in the forest.” Look no further than the band’s name for a prime example: “Lone Kodiak” evokes the grand intimacy of a powerful animal lumbering through a vast, unforgiving wilderness.

On an endless landscape, one can’t help but feel like everything is infinitely far away, and yet feels close enough to touch, looming distantly right in front of our eyes.

This dissonance is reflected in the sonic structures the band wields. With a fusion of raw intensity and ethereal melodies, Lone Kodiak conjures a sonic landscape that echoes the captivating allure of legends like Deftones and Hum. They arrange driving riffs, atmospheric textures, and haunting, introspective lyrics so that the familiar collides with the unknown. A solitary boat on the ocean; a sole predator ambling across plains – the grandness and scale of those scenes are captured in the group’s work.

The grief and loneliness of those tableaux are not without inspiration. Raised on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest, with a childhood punctuated by bereavement and hurt, Parker is no stranger to the harsh cruelty that life can dole out. Nor is any member of the group, really. Whether it was bassist Alden destroying his hand in a motorcycle accident mere hours before a gig in 2018, or the band wrapping up recording their demo tape the day before the first round of pandemic-prompted lockdowns, LK have enjoyed a disproportionate amount of terrible luck.

And yet where most would flail, lash out, or blame, the band instead hunkered down and worked. If there’s anything the group knows, it’s the solace of hard work. The group spent countless hours in their remote jam space, learning each other’s idiosyncrasies, honing skills, experimenting with tone, style, delivery. Those countless days allowed them to refine their sound and focus on playing in the room rather than in the studio. With that level of prowess comes a performance that explodes onstage, erupting with energy and channeling all their worst demons into a cathartic, turbulent experience.

Without an army of clones and familiar faces to align themselves, the group have resigned themselves to blazing their own trail. This doesn’t mean the group are averse to connection; quite the opposite. Personable and forthcoming, effusive and genuine, they eschew the arrogance and swagger that tends to accompany the leather-jacket-white-v-neck-tee scene. Instead, they remain humble, focusing on rehearsal, recording, and performance. When the pandemic blew up those last two avenues, the band decided to lean into rehearsing.

Originally formed in 2016 by Dainéal Parker and Alden, they didn’t match with anyone musically until they found drummer Josh Harris. By that point, they’d released an EP and some singles, but those were remnants of a band trying to find their sound.

“It was definitely a ‘producer EP’; the producer was very heavy-handed in that process. He did a good job, but we didn’t write it with a lot of confidence,” as vocalist Dainéal Parker explains.

The group have been down the path of adhering to trends and norms before. It’s largely what fuels their frustration with the pay-to-play schemes and neutering of bands that run rampant in the Hollywood scene.

“We were doing that with music for a while where producers and managers and people were like, ‘Oh, you guys need to do this and you need to do that.’ And we weren’t having fun doing music at all because we were just doing what we either thought we were supposed to do or were told we were supposed to do. And the problem with that is: we weren’t very good at any of it.”

Firmly entrenched in the gritty, historic neighborhood of East LA, the band have fortified their defenses against industry bullshit with a code: a list of the group’s values, their mission statement for all future projects. Armed with purpose and deadset on how to go about doing it, they’re now stoking the flames of their desire for taking their show on the road. Speaking about their post-incubation plans, Harris says, “We didn’t wanna have to play catch up. We wanted to be tight as a band once the shows started happening. And I feel like we’ve done that.”

The band has done everything in their power to stay humble, authentic, and as tightly wound as possible. Just like a serpent coils before it strikes, so too is Lone Kodiak readying itself for the oncoming storm of activity in their near future.


Lone Kodiak "If We Have A Future" album artwork
Lone Kodiak "Inner Monologue" single artwork
Lone Kodiak "Werewolf Girl" single art


Release: Feb 09, 2024

Run Time: 2:11
Release Date: November 17, 2023

Run Time: 5:04
Release Date: October 13, 2023

Run Time: 4:32
Release Date: September 22, 2023

Run Time: 4:09
Release Date: August 18, 2023

1. The Corner Booth (feat. Chase Petra) (4:17)

Release: July 7, 2023

1. Make It a Weapon (4:30)
2. Tiny Muscles (4:07)
3. Come On Home Now (3:49)
4. PDX ’97 (3:55)
5. Bones (3:50)
6. Walk the Earth (3:55)

Release: October 7, 2022

Produced by Kyle Mangels
Co-produced by Lone Kodiak
Mixed and engineered by Kyle Mangels
Guitar supervision by Robb Torres
Assistant engineering by Terena Dawn
Violin, viola, and baritone violin recorded and performed by Stephan Hovsepian
Additional guitars by Robb Torres
Lyrics by Dainéal Parker
Cover design by Dainéal Parker

1. MNTNSD (4:17)
2. Blank Stares (3:34)
3. Candles (3:31)

Release: October 12, 2018

1. Calm Down (Living Room Edition) (3:02)
2. Every Last Good Thing (Living Room Edition) (3:50)
3. Smile (Living Room Edition) (4:34)
4. Someone Else’s Future (Living Room Edition) (3:27)
5. Periscope (Living Room Edition) (5:27)

Release: February 27, 2018

1. Calm Down (3:39)
2. Smile (3:50)
3. Periscope (3:56)
4. Someone Else’s Future (3:48)
5. Every Last Good Thing (3:56)
6. Make It a Weapon

Release: November 7, 2017

1. Calm Down

Release: June 27, 2017

Produced by Johnny What
Music by Lone Kodiak
Lyrics by Dainéal Parker
Featuring Alex Rhodes (guest vocals)
Featuring Stephan Hovsepian (violin)
Mixed by Kyle Mangels
Mastered by John Greenham
Engineered by Adam Moseley
Engineering assistance from Jimmy Fahey & Eva Reistad
Recorded at Stagg St Studios, Kingsize Studios, & Sault Marie
Lone Kodiak is Dainéal Parker (vocals, guitars, keys), Daniel Alden (bass), and Andrew Smith (drums, programming)



“Let’s hear it for the kid who is smart but gets bad grades, who is talented but disorganized, who is creative but unfocused, who works hard but burns out quickly, who drops out, quits, runs away, and despite the risk, starts something new in pursuit of what could very much be pure fantasy.”
- Dainéal Parker (Vocalist, Guitarist)



This one’s for the underdogs, for all the outcasts who walk their own path. Diverging sharply from the overly polished, the new single by Lone Kodiak pulses with a thrilling sense of rebellion, drawing inspiration from giants like Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., and Trent Reznor. From the stomping intro to the guitar hook melting seamlessly into piano, the song radiates anarchy and fun, embracing exhilarating dissonance through raw power and ingenious in-studio distortion. Simultaneously a storyteller’s narrative, a rallying cry, and a crowdwork piece, the vocals pay tribute to the greats: Elvis. Johnny Cash. Prince. Lyrically, it weaves a tale of a renegade’s journey, encapsulating the spirit of risk and relentless pursuit of passion. This riotous anthem, recorded at Big Bad Sound in Los Angeles and produced by Kyle Mangels, is the second single LK’s released this year. Listen now to join the celebration of every ‘kid’ who dares to dream.

There’s a special taste of venom when your performance is being ignored. For nearly five years, Lone Kodiak’s members had been applying their work ethic (forged in Portland’s and Brooklyn’s hardcore punk scenes), honing their sound and developing their live act. All that while, the group battled to find their way in a landscape teeming with overbearing producers and contrived Hollywood theatrics. So, when the East LA quartet played to a pandemic-sparse venue and a group of drunk revelers walked in and boisterously made their way to the very same corner booth the band had been sitting at up until their own performance, that was when the idea for the song took root. Produced by Kyle Mangels and recorded at LA’s acclaimed Big Bad Sound studio, “The Corner Booth” features the heart-wrenching vocals of Hunter Leigh Allen of Chase Petra fame, promising to be a breakthrough moment for Lone Kodiak. 



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