Knocked Loose Assert Their Rank As One of Hardcore's Very Best

Knocked Loose Assert Their Rank As One of Hardcore's Very Best

- By Ramon Gonzales

See the insane images from the band's up close and personal performance at The Midnight Hour in San Fernando, CA.

It is becoming very apparent that Louisville metallic hardcore collective Knocked Loose is on the cusp of a career year. Set to drop their highly anticipated Pure Noise Records full length, You Won't Go Before You're Supposed To next month, the band is also gearing up for a massive North American tour that kicks off later this month with support from  Show Me The Body, Loathe and Speed. 

Having just completed a triumphant headlining run throughout the EU/UK, the band returned stateside and in the same week, dropped their most dynamic single to date yet in "Don't Reach For Me" and confirmed an impromptu one-off set at The Midnight Hour in San Fernando, CA. 

The same band that is set to deliver one of the most electric performances at Sick New World Festival in Las Vegas in just a couple of weeks, decided to take over a record store and hold court for a few hundred fans... proving the hardcore ethos that remains integral to identity of Knocked Loose. 

Understanding the nuanced balance of integrity, the band has figured out to how naviagte their continued skyrocketing success by never stray too far from their roots. Just weeks away from owning massive stages on a damn near completely sold out North American tour, the band also gave fans the no barricade experience - ensuring that the heart and soul of hardcore is always at the forefront of all things Knocked Loose. 

Sharing that shine with the likes of the resurging Twitching Tongues, as well as Beyond Repair, Mongrel and Cosmic Joke - the move underscored that despite their meteoric success in recent years, Knocked Loose is still very much tapped into the culture they have helped to highlight at the highest level. 

Compiling a set that roped in essentials from A Different Shade of Blue and a Tear In the Fabric of Life, along with newer favorites from Upon Loss - Knocked Loose worked in new singles from their forthcoming album into the set seamlessly. In fact, in the room crammed packed with KL loyalists, the freshly released "Don't Reach For Me" was met with the same fervor and electricity as a staple like, "Mistakes Like Fractures". 

Before closing out the band's sweaty, slobberknocker of a set, the stage quieted and frontman Bryan Garris took a moment of calm to confide in the crowd. He shared that his grandmother had passed away just days prior - citing her as one of the most important persons in his life and someone that is behind everything he does. Garris explained that it took everything for him to be on the stage right then, reiterating the kind of commitment that he and the band give to their craft.

Leading into the band's finale in "Everything Is Quiet Now", Garris explained that the song was for anyone that has experienced loss and is going through grief. He emphasized, "you are not alone" which underscored the notion of community - a core tenet of hardcore that goes beyond music and art. 

See images from the powerful set from Knocked Loose captured by Maurice Nunez below. 

 

KNOCKED LOOSE

TWITCHING TONGUES

BEYOND REPAIR

MONGREL

COSMIC JOKE

You Won't Go Before You're Supposed To arrives May 10th via Pure Noise Records. Order the album - HERE

Apr 27: Las Vegas, NV - Sick New World

Apr 29: Detroit, MI - Russell Industrial Center

May 01: Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works (SOLD OUT)

May 03: Lawrence, KS - Granada

May 04: Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion

May 05: Dallas, TX - The Factory in Deep Ellum 

May 06: Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater (SOLD OUT)

May 07: Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (SOLD OUT)

May 10: Phoenix, AZ - The Marquee

May 11: Los Angeles, CA - The Shrine (SOLD OUT)

May 12: San Francisco, CA - The Warfield

May 14: Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo (SOLD OUT)

May 15: Portland, OR - Roseland Theater (SOLD OUT)

May 17: Boise, ID - Knitting Factory (SOLD OUT)

May 18: Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex

May 19: Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom

May 21: St. Louis, MO - The Pageant

May 22: Minneapolis, MN - The Fillmore (SOLD OUT)

May 23: Chicago, IL - Salt Shed (SOLD OUT)

May 24: Newport, KY - Megacorp Pavilion

May 25: Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater (SOLD OUT)

May 28: Pittsburgh, PA - Stage Age

May 29: Silver Spring, MD - The FIllmore (SOLD OUT)

May 30: Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel (SOLD OUT)

May 31: New York, NY - Terminal 5 (SOLD OUT)

Jun 01: Boston, MA - Roadrunner (SOLD OUT)

Jun 03: Philadelphia, PA - Franklin Music Hall

Jun 04: Montreal, QC - Olympia

Jun 05: Toronto, ON - History (SOLD OUT)

Jun 07: Raleigh, NC - The Ritz (SOLD OUT)

Jun 08: Atlanta, GA - The Eastern (SOLD OUT)

Jun 09: St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live (SOLD OUT)

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