SORA KAI - Reintroduce Themselves With Highly Anticipated "Expedition" EP

A few months ago, Midwest alternative rock outfit SORA KAI got a cease and desist letter for their former band identity 'Makena', and had to change their name on short notice. The quintet have since decided to release music under their new name Sora Kai, which also means 'sky and ocean'.

With these recent changes, Sora Kai are back to proudly introduce to the world their brand-new EP, 'Expedition'--a collection of the band's experiences and discoveries, released via Famined Records. From beginning to end, 'Expedition' brings the listener on a journey of pounding drums, beautiful guitar work and soaring melodies topped with vulnerable lyrics about life’s many ups and downs with a focus on mental health. Covering topics from heartbreak, codependency, and loss. All the way through depression, drug abuse, and losing one’s sense of purpose, there is something relatable for every listener to gravitate to. .

Musically, Sora Kai's EP 'Expedition' is reminiscent of bands such as Makari, A Day To Remember, Emarosa, and Hands Like Houses compared to their previous straight forward pop punk roots. Every song is sonically different and refreshing. .

Along with the EP is the accompanying new single, 'The Thought of You', now premiering worldwide through YouTube channel Dreambound..

Get the EP:


1. Habitual 
2. A War Within
3. The Thought of You
4. Finer Highs
5. Methane
6. SM2099

With a new take on alternative music, Chicago natives Sora Kai continue to increase their energy with every new release. The quintet are bringing the music scene a unique sound with exquisitely crafted songwriting. Sora Kai is currently made up by the original members; Andrei, Dominic, Richard, Joe, and Steven. The 5 of them had played in previous bands before joining together to create something new and refreshing. Thus, with their lineup completed, the formation of Sora Kai was born.

Their journey began June of 2018 with their debut single, ‘Better Days.’ Better Days managed to generate quite a bit of local buzz after being played on a Chicago Radio Station, Q101.1. Sora Kai then set out to record their first ever EP with Producer Jordon Beal (El Famous, Divide The Fall, Marwood’s Fall). Their debut self-titled EP released on January 1st, 2019, kicking off the New Year with brand new music.The EP release show shortly thereafter at local Chicago venue, Schubas sold out. Alt Renegade said “it was like nothing you’ve ever heard before.”

What followed soon after was a week long East Coast/Midwest tour with a fellow local band, Capital Vices, landing them at an unexpected, impromptu show at a Wendy’s in Knoxville TN. The set was live streamed and the following morning had gone viral amongst the national alternative community.