Formed in Lawrence, KS in 2003.

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Upcoming shows

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Past shows


Current Status: Kozmo continues to play shows in Lawrence, Wichita, and Kansas City, with the possibility of wider touring and can be heard on 105.9 The Lazer and 90.7 KJHK. Kozmo's new LP Oceans Away is available at local music stores the end of May 2003.

Sound description: With Marshall half-stacks cranked, Kozmo hammers out mighty guitar riffs overlayed with choice vocal melodies and audible lyrics. Unapologetically melding sincerity, mid-west suburban angst and distorted guitars, the power-pop four-piece combines the best that alternative, rock and emo have to offer with an explosive live show and slick new LP Oceans Away.

Influences: Weezer, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Our Lady Peace, Marcy Playground, The Beatles

Similar to: Weezer, Foo Fighters, The Get Up Kids, The All American Rejects, Jimmy Eat World, Greenday, The Queers, Third Eye Blind, Our Lady Peace, Hot Hot Heat, Simple Plan, The Billions




Name Released Label
Album cover Filibuster 2002 Self-Released
Album cover Oceans Away 2003


While Kozmo members Ryan Stephens and Taylor Busch were dominating Andover, Kansas with pop/punk bands, Dripping Pits of Sweat, Honeywell 71, Limp Wristed Sally, and Beast, Prairie Village brothers, Tim and David Schapker were honing their skills with their own brand of alternative rock with The Newdeels, Moxy, and Tim's own Phish-like jam band, Mr. Majestic.

Meeting in Lawrence while attending KU, Ryan and David, along with drummer, Beau Jackson, formed the pop/punk/rock band Filibuster in the fall of 2001. The first EP, Filibuster, was recorded in February 2002 with Tim sitting in on bass. Taylor returned from Colorado and picked up the permanent bass slot later that year. Filibuster played around Lawrence and Kansas City, securing consistent radio play on 105.9 The Lazer and the college station, 90.7 KJHK, topping off 2002 with floor collapsing house parties and a second place showing at the annual McCollum Battle of the Bands.

Beau left Filibuster in the winter of 2003 and was replaced by Tim on drums. The band refined their sound with a more powerful rock repertoire and recorded their first full length album Oceans Away as Kozmo.