The Chicagoan, Knuckle Puck sound remarkably like The Story So Far on “The Weight That Buried You“, and OTCUTV are certainly not complaining.

With a heavy sound that’s less pop, more punk; opener Everything Must Go’s evident angst, signifies how the band have truly laid themselves bare on their latest EP.

Beneath aggressive pop-punk melodies, troubled relationships are candidly discussed. Stateside speaks honestly about rejection, and lead singer Joe Taylor’s acid tongue admonishes an ex’s behaviour.

Similar themes run through “Your Back Porch“, a 3:07 track of pure rock and roll punk goodness that encapsulates the youth and vivacity that Knuckle Puck aim for. Closer, “No Good“, is lyrically redolent of early Brand New with a building soundscape that challenges the rigid rules of the pop-punk genre. For men scorned, and catchy guitar hooks, and words spoken with an acerbic bite, I doubt there’s any band who does this better.

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Written by India Thomas

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