Interview: BRYAN GARRIS of KNOCKED LOOSE on the process behind new album A DIFFERENT SHADE OF BLUE, featuring Emma Boster and Keith Buckley, B-side EP and more.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to present to its readers an interview our editor-in-chief Alex had with KNOCKED LOOSE Kentucky based hardcore act. After releasing their sophomore album A DIFFERENT SHADE OF BLUE on August 23rd, 2019 via Pure Noise Records, the band of Bryan Garris, Isaac Hale, Cole Crutchfield, Kevin Otten and Kevin Kaine has moved on to a new chapter of merciless hardcore.
Vocalist BRYAN GARRIS took some time out of his day to sit down and talk with us about what Knocked Loose have been up to and discussing in detail the writing and creative process, the lyrical themes, challenges and progressions behind the band’s sophomore record. We also talked about Mistakes Like Fractures EP, singles Mistakes Like Fractures and …And Still I Wander South, featuring Emma Boster from Dying Wish and Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die, and their upcoming tour across the US and EU this Fall 2019.
For our track by track review (Italian review) for A Different Shade Of Blue please check out: www.sickandsound.it/i-knocked-loose-al-secondo-album-spaccaossa-a-different-shade-of-blue.
- Hello Bryan and welcome. It’s a pleasure to have you here. We typically start off with a question to get to know the band a little better. Tell us about how KNOCKED LOOSE originally formed and what your influences in terms of bands and genres are.
Kevin and I have known each other since around the 5th grade and we went to elementary, middle, and high school together and always had multiple classes together. Isaac and Kevin went to high school together so that’s how they knew each other. When we first started, we were just a four-piece. Cole wasn’t in the band, and it was just me, Kevin, Isaac and a different drummer at the time.
We released our demo, Pop Culture, and after than we started to get touring opportunities. Our original drummer didn’t want to go on tour, so we got Kevin Kaine, added Cole who was going to a different school to make us a five-piece. Obviously hardcore and heavy music in general inspires me on a regular basis.
- In April you have released 7″ EP Mistakes Like Fractures. What was the mindset and inspiration behind bringing out this B-side collection of tracks just before the release of your sophomore album in summer?
Laugh Tracks came out in 2016 and we took some time to write the new album. We were busying touring and hadn’t time to say okay we’re going to stop now and think about the new album so decided to put out a 7” with Mistakes Like Fractures which we thought it was a strong song so we did it and we also put out a new version of All My Friends which was originally in Pop Culture and The Warriors Cover of Slings and Arrows.
- A DIFFERENT SHADE OF BLUE was out on August 23rd, 2019 via Pure Noise Records and follows up your debut album Laugh Tracks dating back to 2016. What was different for this album as opposed to Laugh Tracks and in what measure has your sound changed or progressed?
When we recorded Laugh Tracks, we were told that we needed one month and we ended up recording in like 10 days. When it came to recording Laugh Tracks we decided we wanted to use the studio to its full potential so we went through different sessions of writing during the month we were on tour. At the end we had 19 songs and we took something like six moths to work on them. I think musically LT is kind in the same vein as the previous one. of course certain songs have a much more uplifting and darker vibes then the last one but it fits to where we feel now.
- Let’s talk about the message that KNOCKED LOOSE wish to spread with their hardcore fury, if any, and the lyrical themes discussed in A DIFFERENT SHADE OF BLUE.
There’s no one specific theme going on here, but music is a chance to express things that I wouldn’t be able to express otherwise. It’s weird that people who don’t know us would know so much about us just by reading the lyrics, but that’s the art form!
- Let’s talk about your songwriting. What was the creative and writing process when you guys sat down and wrote the record? Did you start from rhythmic patterns, riffing, melodies..
We never really talked about going into the making of A Different Shade Of Blue. We just get together and jam and write, and then whatever comes out comes out. We wrote a lot that and most of them we didn’t even use it as over the course of three years since Laugh Tracks came out we’ve had a lot of different ideas.
We were all on the same page and there was never really a conversation about how it’s going to be like. At the end we decided we just had write a record that we like, hoping that people would like it too.
- Singles MISTAKES LIKE FRACTURES and …AND STILL I WANDER SOUTH were released to anticipate the record. Let’s briefly talk about those songs.
They were the songs that sounded most descriptive of the whole record I think, the best way to ease people in.
- Let’s discuss the experience you had by featuring Emma Boster from Dying Wish in A Serpent’s Touch and Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die in Forget Your Name and how they were set up. Those are beautifully blending with your iconic blistering vocals.
Emma is the singer of Dying Wish. They put out an EP last year, and we loved it. They played a show we did in Portland, Oregon, and I enjoyed their set so I just hit her up and asked if she’d like to be on a song, and she said yes. As for Keith Buckley, we went on a tour with Every Time I Die a lot in 2017 so we got really close with them. I just hit him up and asked him if he wanted to be part of the new album and he said he would love to so I told him what the song was about and then let him write his own lyrics. I’m glad they both worked out as we as a band are fan of their work (and thank you for the kind words!)
- What were the challenges you faced while working on the record and what about the most natural/easiest aspects?
We write the songs together and I write the lyrics. I think I’m always going to use lyrics as personal expression and to get things off my chest in a very therapeutic way. That’s the hardest part, facing my own thoughts.
- After the last run of August shows, in late September you are embarking an extensive tour across the US and EU to promote your new album until December. This is also including a date in Tokyo, Japan. So what gets you amped up for this massive tour and how are you preparing to rip the pit?
We’re preparing by… touring! We haven’t really stopped playing around the world since we started, and we just keep playing and hopefully it means we keep getting better!
- Let’s share a couple of songs on the setlist that fans can expect for this upcoming tour.
I think everyone knows the answer already haha we usually open our set with Trapped in the Grasp of a Memory. We will play songs from the new album of course as Mistakes Like Fractures for sure and …And Still I Wander South and more. We never forget songs off Laught Tracks so you will hear Billy No Mates for sure and will end our set with Deadringer and Counting Worms. Will see if this will change during the European tour.
- Where do KNOCKED LOOSE fit into the rest of the year’s schedule? Any more details you wish to share with our readers or add about your present journey?
Touring touring touring! I don’t think we will have free time so will be travelling a lot haha.
Thank you for your time and all the best luck with the promotion of your record. We will catch up with KNOCKED LOOSE along your European Fall tour 2019! Love and support.
Thank you so much! Hope to see you at the CS Rivolta in Venice!
Knocked Loose – A Different Shade of Blue tracklisting:
2. Trapped In The Grasp Of A Memory
3. A Serpent’s Touch (ft. Emma Boster)
4. By The Grave
5. In The Walls
6. Guided By The Moon
7. Mistakes Like Fractures
8. Forget Your Name (ft. Keith Buckley)
9. Road 23
10. …And Still I Wander South
11. Denied By Fate
12. Misguided Son
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