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.
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 →
Life and Death Brigade Fest is a festival that unites some of the biggest names in hardcore and other subsects of the underground. Held in Louisville, Kentucky, this year’s lineup was stacked yet again, featuring the likes of Magnitude, Fiddlehead, Higher Power, and many more. With packed crowds that were clearly passionate for music (as you’ll soon see), it’s festivals and shows like this that remind us why music is an escape.
Of course, at festivals like this there’s often the occasional special guest and even surprise set, but that doesn’t make Knocked Loose’s appearance at the festival last weekend any less awesome. What made the riotous set even more awesome is the crowd participation and the connection KL has with their audience. It’s awfully impressive, and really goes to show why the Kentucky band are playing major festivals just 5-6 years into their career. Check out the whole thing below.