Knuckle Puck

Mantooth Presents

Knuckle Puck

With Confidence, Movements, Homesafe

Tue, October 24, 2017

6:00 pm

$17.00 - $20.00

Knuckle Puck
Knuckle Puck
In early 2017, Knuckle Puck entered the studio to record the follow-up to Copacetic—their 2015 breakthrough that debuted in the Top 10 of five different Billboard charts, earned a nomination for Album of the Year at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards and launched them from the Chicago suburbs to a place among the most beloved acts of the modern pop-punk genre.

But midway through the process, the band (vocalist Joe Taylor, guitarists Nick Casasanto and Kevin Maida, bassist Ryan Rumchaks and drummer John Siorek) realized they were on the wrong path. They weren’t only making the wrong album for Knuckle Puck—they were making the wrong album for themselves. They knew they had no choice but to start from scratch.

“Having such a struggle and being so disconnected in the recording process felt wrong,” Casasanto explains. “It felt so wrong, and we were all afraid to talk about it. There was some denial when we realized what was unfolding.”

Discouraged but undefeated, the band changed producers, eventually landing back with Copacetic producer Seth Henderson, and began rebuilding the songs they’d written from the ground up. Knuckle Puck’s first attempt would have produced a fine album, but their second created the right one.

The result is Shapeshifter, due October 13 on Rise Records. Despite its title, the album isn’t a reinvention for the band; rather, it’s the sound of Knuckle Puck taking their best qualities and honing them to make them even sharper. The songwriting became tighter and more deliberate, the lyrics more introspective and urgent—without losing an ounce of the sweat-soaked authenticity and passion that made Copacetic so captivating. Above all, it’s an album that proves the band are unflinchingly unwilling to compromise when it comes to their art. That’s a sentiment reinforced throughout Shapeshifter’s main lyrical theme—the importance of identity—which was only magnified during their first studio session.

“When you reach early adulthood and start to see your life take shape, it’s also important to shape your identity and break yourself free from anything that might be holding you down,” Casasanto says. “That was a glaring parallel between what was going on with the record and what we were writing about at the time. Although it was tumultuous, I truly think we wouldn’t have written the same record without going through what we did.”

Throughout their struggle, Knuckle Puck grew stronger and more confident in themselves, something the band ultimately want listeners to take from Shapeshifter.

“I hope the album instills a little bit of hope in people,” Casasanto says. “You look at politics and how fast the world is now, everything the internet is bringing to the world. It’s difficult to form an identity when there’s so much in your face. I hope people realize they should consume the things that really speak to them. Through that, I feel like it’s the most satisfying way to be who you want to be.” XX
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Despite its title, the second album from Knuckle Puck isn’t a reinvention; rather, Shapeshifter is the sound of the Chicago-based pop-punk band taking their best qualities and honing them to make them even sharper. The songwriting became tighter and more deliberate, the lyrics more introspective and urgent—without losing an ounce of the sweat-soaked authenticity and passion that made their debut album, Copacetic, so captivating.

Above all, it’s an album that proves the band are unflinchingly unwilling to compromise when it comes to their art. That’s evident on first single “Gone,” perhaps the most fully realized Knuckle Puck song to date. It’s equal parts muscular and melodic, textured with keyboards, buzzsaw guitars and a buoyant chorus that will integrate seamlessly into the band’s raved-about live show.

“When you reach early adulthood and start to see your life take shape, it’s also important to shape your identity and break yourself free from anything that might be holding you down,” guitarist Nick Casasanto explains. “I hope the album instills a little bit of hope in people. I hope people realize they should consume the things that really speak to them. Through that, I feel like it’s the most satisfying way to be who you want to be.” XX
With Confidence
With Confidence
June 13th, 2017 – Australian natives, With Confidence, have released a brand new music video for their song “Archers” today! The video was shot across four different tours including Slam Dunk Festival, their US tour with State Champs and their Australian and UK headline dates. Fans can see it at the Alternative Press website at this link: https://goo.gl/HbD4uu

The song is taken from the bands most recent album Better Weather, which is available now and can be purchased through iTunes and their online store, or streamed in full on Spotify.

With Confidence are gearing up for a very busy summer. The recently announced an Australian tour with Seaway and WSTR and are confirmed to perform at Bazooka Rocks Festival in the Philippines on June 25th. The band will also be supporting Mayday Parade in the U.K. and Europe for the 10th anniversary of A Lesson In Romantics. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Formed in 2012 in Sydney, With Confidence is lead vocalist/bassist Jayden Seeley, vocalist/guitarist Inigo Del Carmen, guitarist Luke Rockets, and drummer Joshua Brozzesi.

Upcoming With Confidence Tour Dates
June 25 – Bazooka Rocks – Manila, Philippines

with Seaway, WSTR
August 17 – The Prince Bandroom – Melbourne, Australia
August 18 – The Factory Theatre – Sydney, Australia
August 19 – The Brightside – Brisbane, Australia
August 20 – The Foundry – Fortitude Valley, Australia
August 24 – Fowler’s Live – Adelaide, Australia
August 25 – The Boston – Northbridge, Australia
August 26 – YMCA HQ – Leederville, Australia

with Mayday Parade, All Get Out, Waterparks
September 18 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
September 19 – Beckett University – Leeds, UK
September 20 – O2 Academy 2 Newcastle – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
September 21 – O2 ABC Glasgow – Glasgow, UK
September 22 – Manchester Academy – Manchester, UK
September 23 – O2 Institute – Birmingham, UK
September 25 – O2 Academy Oxford – Oxford, UK
September 26 – Junction – Cambridge, UK
September 27 – Concorde 2- Brighton, UK
September 28 – Engine Rooms – Southampton, UK
September 29 – O2 Academy 2 Bristol – Bristol, UK
September 30 – O2 Forum Kentish Town – London, UK
October 2 – Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 3 – Essigfabrik – Cologne, Germany
October 4 – Backstage Halle – Munich Germany

For more information
http://www.withconfidenceband.com
www.hopelessrecords.com

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U.S. Press Contact:

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Movements
Movements
Hailing from Southern California, Movements are an up-and-coming Emo/Alternative band that have started making some big waves in the scene. With each member coming from different musical backgrounds, they aim to blend everything they love into one - resulting in a beautifully diverse sound. Their raw, emotionally driven vocals, hard hitting riffs, and catchy choruses make this band stand out to any listener immediately. The whole Movements experience is intensified in live settings, as they are known for rowdy crowds, sing alongs, and stage dives. Movements is a band you definitely won't want to miss!
Homesafe
New EP out now!!
Venue Information:
The Nile Theater
105 W. Main Street
Mesa, AZ, 85201
http://www.niletheater.com/