I have a habit of loving heavy band’s side projects more than their main band. Whether it’s the supergroup of Trade Wind or Code Orange’s outfit, Adventures, these multi-talented musicians can take on any genre they please with ease. Knocked Loose has had meteoric success, so it’s a surprise to see guitarist Cole Crutchfield dive into alt music with Eastwood. Let’s see how this project pans out in their debut, It Never Gets Easy!
While the two bands already collaborated last year on Dying Wish’s “Enemies In Red”, Dying Wish and Knocked Loose are one of many bands using their platforms for good in the wake of the George Floyd protests and riots all across the USA. The two bands have collaborated on a new shirt that benefits both the Portland Freedom Fund and the Louisville Community Bail Fund – the home cities of both bands.
Of course, once you see the shirt, you’ll probably notice the comments from disgruntled fans on social media. Some of them are hilariously uninformed, and many of the others are distressingly shortsighted as to what the real problem is here. Surprisingly, it might shock people that both bands are *gasp* anti-establishment! And it’s not like either band is profiting off this shirt, either. Clearly, none of the dissenters here have ever once read the lyrics of “Oblivions Peak”.
Gaming and music have long had a fruitful relationship. Whether it’s the two directly colliding in games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band or less obvious events like Silent Planet having Super Smash Bros. Ultimate VIP tournaments, you can bet that many of your favorite musicians are often gaming when not in the studio or on the stage. If art is an escape, it’s no wonder why the two go together pretty well.
The challenges of the coronavirus pandemic have forced musicians to get creative with how they play shows – whether it’s the unique phenomenon of bands playing in an empty room (Code Orange) or livestreaming acoustic sets, musicians have had to take unique routes to keep bringing in any sort of an income. Luckily, there’s plenty of bands that have been able to do so. Produced by post-punk band Courier Club, the Block By Blockwest festival brought together a number of bands from across the musical spectrum – including Movements, Hunny, grandson, Kaonashi, and Knocked Loose – to emulate a festival atmosphere on Minecraft. It’s just as incredible as it sounds – and it appears Knocked Loose’s set attracted just the kind of energetic and passionate people you’d expect to see at a KL show.
MALEVOLENCE – ‘The Other Side’ [8.5/10]
Hardcore kings, MALEVOLENCE, hailing from Sheffield are finally back with this 3 track EP ‘The Other Side’ which is due to be released via their own platform MLVLTD Music who are actively promoting records from their peers and affiliates including DESOLATED and Rough Justice, as they blend elements of hardcore, and metal making their mark in the scene. Continue reading