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Salad Days Magazine | May 30, 2024

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Knocked Loose release lead single ‘Blinding Faith’

Knocked Loose release lead single ‘Blinding Faith’
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Announce new album ‘You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To’ coming May 10 Via Pure Noise Records.

On ‘You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To’, band have honed in on a diverse, cohesive and savagely aggressive album that sums up the massive strides they’ve taken during their decade as a band, and asserts their boundless potential going forward. Internally, there was the need to challenge themselves as songwriters while retaining the merciless intensity and unflinching honesty that have always been their calling cards. Externally, there was a whole new set of eyes on the hard-touring Louisville quintet, following a banner year on the road, during which they’d brought their underground-seasoned sound to some of the world’s biggest stages. From the start, album plunges listeners into a cauldron of mental and spiritual anguish. But the album’s title contains a note of reassurance amid the turmoil. The phrase originates from an experience that frontman Bryan Garris, who suffers from what he calls a “borderline phobia of flying”, had during a particularly trying flight. As he battled his nerves during takeoff, the vocalist found himself talking to a woman seated next to him. When he confided in her about his anxiety, she assured, “You won’t go before you’re supposed to”. But glossing over negative emotions isn’t what Knocked Loose are about. The new songs find them plumbing through new depths of loathing — directed both inward and outward. Their raging lead single ‘Blinding Faith’ skillfully wields whiplash tempo changes in service of a scathing indictment of religious groupthink, and the hypocrisy that can sometimes accompany an outwardly pious life. Alongside a video directed by Kevin Lombardo.

“It was just hilarious how many people showed up to church that I knew were rude, horrible, selfish people” guitarist Isaac Hale reflects of attending church with his mother in his younger years. “They knew that it made them seem like a better person — or if they said the words, it would redeem them of any negative quality just because they showed face”.

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There’s no ceiling for hardcore in 2024 — even an outfit as uncompromising as Knocked Loose can turn up in mainstream-adjacent spaces and win over new fans (see 2023’s viral Coachella and Bonnaroo sets). But there’s a center to what they do that will never change: uncompromising heaviness, both sonically and thematically. What is evolving is their drive to find new ways to convey that heaviness, and add tasteful variety that only highlights their undiminished ferocity. Everywhere Knocked Loose have been is here on this record — but so is everywhere they may yet go. “On this album, we go the fastest we’ve ever gone; we go the scariest we’ve ever gone. We also go the catchiest and the most melodic that we’ve ever gone, and that’s the point” Hale says. “Instead of branching off into a specific direction, we want to encompass ALL directions”.

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‘You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To’ Tracklisting:

1. Thirst
2. Piece By Piece
3. Suffocate (ft. Poppy)
4. Don’t Reach For Me
5. Moss Covers All
6. Take Me Home
7. Slaughterhouse 2 (ft. Chris Motionless)
8. The Calm That Keeps You Awake
9. Blinding Faith
10. Sit & Mourn

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