Kentucky band Knocked Loose tops a bill of exciting hardcore bands. Info/tix
Hailing from Oldham County, Kentucky, Knocked Loose has continually set and often exceeded the bar for hardcore since its 2013 inception, touring nonstop and capturing a powerfully distilled anger on its 2016 debut LP, Laugh Tracks. The follow-up, this year's, A Different Shade Of Blue, will be looked at as a pivotal moment for the hardcore genre in the coming years. The single “Mistakes Like Fractures” has a pummeling velocity to it, and the song's first chorus hits with enough g-force to break your neck. Vocalist Bryan Garris dwells on themes such as loss, anger, and self-reflection, which are prevalent throughout the album. “I followed the rabbit / and found my fucking end,” Garris cries out near the end of the song, as the band swells into slamming riffs that rival the power of death-metal pioneers Dying Fetus. Garris’ reflection on his obsessive process and self-pressure continues on “And Still I Wander South,” as he ponders a persistent need to escape the past, all while fast-paced drums fuse with Obituary-esque black metal riffs, eventually swirling around melodic, almost ambient guitars.
Newcomers SeeYouSpaceCowboy are one of the most exciting bands in hardcore right now, creating chaotic music that turns the masculine history of hardcore on its head. Packed with anti-capitalist lyrics and fast-paced, mathy riffs, the band's 2019 full length, Songs For The Firing Squad is a contender for album of the year. The lineup continues to pack a punch with Richmond’s Candy, whose 2018 full length, Good To Feel, blends old school hardcore with harsh noise, and a strong sense panic. These three forces to be reckoned with in the genre play alongside hardcore vets Rotting Out and Stick To Your Guns, for a night where new and young blood is bound to spill. —John McCracken