Knocked Loose have dropped their latest Single, ‘Freaky Love’.
Lyrically, the track sees the band exploring the conversation of individualism and “celebrating the weird”. Freaky Love is “a haven for outcasts, acting as a hub to confide in the ‘freakiness’ of each other’s deep desires”, explains Rainsford.
Freaky Love sounds like sex personified. Combining threatening bass notes, hypnotic hooks, addictively heavy riffs and lust-filled lyrics “Ooo all your freaky love, yeah it turns me on, all that weird love, you’re a freak and more” which Rainsford chants in a throaty, soulful murmur.
Knocked Loose have released their stunning and visionary new EP in full today – A Tear in the Fabric of Life. It’s their most dynamic and contained offering to date, and a balancing act: a mid-length EP with grand ambitions and scope, one full of new sonic elements and a cohesive aesthetic that hangs onto Knocked Loose’s trademark anthemic delivery.
A Tear in the Fabric of Life is a story written by Knocked Loosefrontman/lyricist Bryan Garris and comes to life within an extraordinary animated film directed and created by Swedish filmmaker Magnus Jonsson, who is known for his visual curiosity and often exploring dark themes, in abstract and surreal worlds.
Garris reveals, “It’s a story about extreme grief and the levels a person is willing to go through to get rid of it. The story follows a main character through a traumatic car crash late one night in the woods that leaves his partner deceased, and from there you spiral with him into the depression and guilt that comes with being the cause of something so detrimental. This is the first time we really dove in and tried to create something sonically that evokes a different range of emotions and over all something that introduces tension and anxiety with a massive pay off. The story is told not only through words but through the music as well, which proved to be our biggest challenge in writing. Lyrically this story ended up being much more personal than we initially intended. We started with the idea to tell a fictional story but throughout the process, I found ways to incorporate real feelings of loss and mourning, as well as anger and self doubt. I’ve always been a very personal writer and this was originally a step away from that, into something more artistic. But in the end, it was just as therapeutic as writing a regular Knocked Loose record, and I think you’ll be able to hear that.”
Director and animator Magnus Jonsson tells, “I always want to create something that complements the music, works within its structures and hopefully enriches the experience for the audience. With a longer format around 21 minutes, covering 6 tracks, I knew this dark ghost story was a very interesting challenge to explore in animation. I took the story presented in the songs and anchored that into a visual world. I wanted to create an intense nightmare, focusing on the emotional states of Bryan’s main character. I created visuals that bring the audience deeper into this story of a spiraling descent into horror and destructive madness — Taking a minimalistic and sometimes even abstract approach to many parts of the image making, creating unease and an eerie atmosphere.”
Watch ‘A Tear In The Fabric Of Life’ below and you can stream the EP via your preferred service here.
US quartet Knocked Loose have announced details of a livestream event titled as Live From The Blue Room, which will be held next month.
The band announced news of the livestream on their social media platforms, which will broadcast on May 15th 2021 at 5:00AM.
On the livestream the band say:
“We’ve been quiet, and we’ve been patient, but we couldn’t wait any longer to get in a room and play some music together. So join us LIVE FROM THE BLUE ROOM, one night only, for the first time in over a year, May 14th!
We’ve worked hard in creating a visual experience that hopefully makes up for the fact that we can’t see you in person. We’re counting down the days until we can get back on the road, and we know you can’t wait either, so in the meantime check this out!
See you in The Blue Room.”
Tickers for the event and exclusive merchandise can be purchased online from the following link.
Ticket holders will be sent an access link to the livestream approximately three hours ahead of the broadcast time.
After hoping and hoping festivals would be returning in 2021, 2000trees have announced that they are postponing until 2022.
In a very honest statement as well as one that’s quite lengthy, the organisers of the festival have said that a combination of overseas bands unable to come over and a lack of insurance-based support from the UK government has meant that the best option is to come back next year.
But there’s some good news, they have also confirmed the first batch of bands who will be returning.
You can read it in full below:
“Over the last two weeks, it has become clear that, due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, bands based outside of the UK will not be able to travel to 2000trees in 2021.
We’ve had confirmation that around 20 of the biggest bands from our line up will not be coming to Upcote Farm this summer. This list, which is growing every week, includes our headliners Jimmy Eat World & Thrice, plus Knocked Loose, Young Guns, The Get Up Kids, Laura Jane Grace, Anti-Flag and Stray From The Path.
As a result, we have been forced to take the absolutely heart-breaking decision to postpone 2000trees to July 6-10 2022. Up until a week ago we were still furiously working behind the scenes to try make the festival happen. We really wanted (& needed) a party just as much as you this year. But after losing these bands, it’s clear that we are unable to give you the award-winning Trees experience that you know and love this year.
LACK OF GOVERNMENT BACK CANCELLATION INSURANCE
Bands dropping out is one thing, but to make matters worse, the UK government have repeatedly refused to provide any COVID cancellation insurance for the I’ve events industry.
Hundred of festivals have been asking for months for a Government-backed insurance policy allowing us to confidently host the event this year. We were hopeful that this insurance would be in place by now. Although they’ve provided a similar scheme for film & TV, the Government have completely let the live music industry down by refusing to back a simple insurance policy.
This would have cost them next to nothing unless the roadmap dates are changed (or we are put into another lockdown), & it’s the single most effective thing that could have done to get festivals back up and running this summer. Many independent festivals have already postponed because of this and we know of many other events that will shortly be announcing their postponement.
The obvious concern is that there may still be delays or changes to the COVID restrictions at the last minute. Without this vital COVID cancellation insurance, going ahead with this year’s event would simply be a huge financial risk, potentially jeopardising our long-term survival. So we were left with no other choice than to pull the plus before it was too late.
THE GOOD NEWS
The GOOD NEWS is that things are already looking amazing for 2000trees 2022. As not stands, we’ve very nearly sold out for next year and we are very excited to announce that the following bands from this year are now confirmed for 2022:
Jimmy Eat World Thrice The Amazons Dinosaur Pile Up Knocked Loose The Get Up Kids Dream State Laura Jane Grace Anti-Flag Lonely The Brave Stick To Your Guns Deez Nuts No Devotion Dragged Under
We also have a super exciting 3rd headliner to tell you all about real soon as well as over 100 more of the best bands playing across our 6 wonderful stages.
All 2021 tickets are automatically valid for next year’s festival and if you already have your ticket, you do not have to do anything to reserve your place. Your existing ticket is now your ticket to 2022.
As a small, independent business that’s been hit extremely hard by the pandemic, we really need as many people as possible to roll their tickets to next year, just so we can keep paying our staff and secure the long-term survival of 2000trees.
You kept us alive in 2020 when over 95% of you rolled your tickets to this year. If you could do the same for us again by holding onto your tickets until 2022, not only will uni get next year’s festival at 2019, but we will love you forever & promise to make the 2022 festival one to remember.
Thanks for reading and for your continued support, it means the world to us & we look forward to partying extra hard with you all next year.
James, Bren, Si, Andy, Mark and Rob”
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It’s 4PM on a Friday! This means it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or these music video roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I watch some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. Up first are the Alternative rock trio Winchester who’ve just released a video for their fourth single off ‘Life Begins At These Dead Ends’. This track is for ‘Line Up’ which you can watch below.
Vocalist Adam Catalan has shared some thoughts on the message of the track.
“‘Line Up’ is the spiritual predecessor to our previous single, ‘Diamond’, and seems to come at an apt point in our timeline. We explore how similar the archetypes of the freedom fighter and the terrorist are and how dangerous revolution is when it comes back around. Time and time again we talk about THEM and US, instead of coming together in a loving way towards peace and understanding the reasons we feel the need to act out in violence.”
Up next are the furiously entertaining Dance Gavin Dance whom after their last animated adventure venture into the Wild West-themed video for the video in ‘Head Hunter’.
Going for some legends for the next pick of the video are Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. This fits in with their recent #abetterplaceforyouandme initiative with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and the band have released a second teaser for their upcoming record, ‘End Of Suffering’ which also looks to feature some footage from their latest UK tour.
On the track, Frank Carter has said:
“Whatever life is throwing at you right now, it will pass. Choose to let it hit you, or duck and watch it fly past much faster and off into your history, of which there have been many obstacles thrown your way and you have overcome them all.”
Who doesn’t love a good trip to the seaside eh? That’s exactly what Croydon Pop-Rockers Best Of Enemies have done as they travelled to Brighton in the video for their latest single, ‘Shake The Feeling’ which is the second off their upcoming EP, ‘A Fear That Comes Around’.
Returning to the Punkier vibe for the next choice of track, we have The Story So Far. The video takes everyone behind the scenes at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena where it features a Behind The Scenes look at the InSight lander touching down on Mars.
Moving back to British waters for this next pick, it’s Bournemouth. the emo rock newcomers Erica Drive are getting out there and going beyond their own scope of things, with their upcoming second EP as well as bringing their latest video in complete Monochrome for ‘Better Man’.
And I think we’d best keep up this monochrome for at least one video. Ahead of a US tour with the amazing Slow Crush, the post-metal band Holy Fawn have released a new video for the amazing track ‘Dark Stone’, taken off their debut full length record ‘Death Spells’ which was released via Triple Crown Records and Holy Roar Records.
Now, if you’ve been keeping an eye on the up and coming Knocked Loose, then you’ve certainly been patient people but, now the lads have released a huge new track, ‘Mistakes Like Fractures’ which is their first taste of new music since they released their 2016 record ‘Laugh Tracks’.
And going for a change in tone for the last two tracks, the first comes from the Aussie up and comers The Faim who’ve recently released their brand new track, ‘Amelie’, their second since the release of their debut EP in 2017. On the track, frontman Josh Raven has stated: “The concept behind ‘Amelie’ draws on the idea that everyone is born the same, but we become the people we are due to the influence of our surroundings. These influences can affect us both positively and negatively, but only we control the way we react to them.”
And lastly, we have Altered Sky. This is the first taste of new music since the release of their record ‘Without Wonderland’ in 2015! But the wait is finally over as we go into a new era of the Scottish Rockers, with the band gearing UK for a run of UK dates later this month. And if ‘Surrounded’ is anything to go by, things are going to get even better for Altered Sky’s future.
And that’s it for another week of music video roundup. Don’t forget to check back next week at 4PM sharp for another countdown of ten of the best recent music videos to feast your eyes upon. There’s also new posts every day on the Almost anything Media so be sure to check out anything that might catch your eye.
It’s been a few years since Knocked Loose’s debut record ‘Laugh Tracks’ and they’ve made it worth their while, getting plenty of touring off it but now, they’re in the studio working on what we’re assuming to be a follow up to their debut.
From the looks of photos on Instagram, they’re working will Will Putney whom has previously worked with Every Time I Die and Body Count over at Graphic Nature Studio in Belleville, NJ.
It’s that time of the week again! It’s time for another music video roundup! I do have to say another apology, this is coming a few hours late, there have been some technical difficulties on the site today and I’ve bee working to resolve them. But with that out of the way now, and first up is Sweedish alt-rock group Normandie. Their music video for ‘Enough’ is taken from their upcoming record, ‘White Flag, which is set to be released October 26th.
With something just released as well, there are the lads in IDKHOW. They’ve released their EP which is titled as ‘1981 Extended Play’ which is being released on November 9th via Fearless Records. What’s more is that there is a new music video called ‘Do It All The Time’.
Moving in a heavier direction, we go to Bury Tomorrow who have revealed their video for ‘More Than Mortal, the third single from their recently released record, ‘Black Flame’.
With the deluxe re-release of ‘The Amulet’ incoming, Pennsylvania’s Circa Survive have shared some interesting visuals for a new addition to the track listing.
With Stand Atlantic’s upcoming, Skinny Dipping’ record just less than half a month away, they have released another fantastic track to their catalogue of tracks. Here’s ‘Lost My Cool’.
And now we turn to a more recent release. Last week, You Me At Six kicked off their release day in style because in addition to ‘VI’, they also released a video for ‘Back Again’, which also features a cameo from Josh Franceschi’s dog, Harley.
Since, their newest record, ‘Technology’ dropped earlier this year, Don Broco just haven’t seemed to stop with tours of the UK, USA already done, they’ve still got quite a way to go until their UK tour. But can we get an insight to it? The short answer, yes. Check out their video for ‘The Blues’ below.
More touring bands releasing videos, but one that stood out for me, was Knocked Loose’s newest video for ‘The Rain’ which features Dallas Garris. The band are currently touring the US with Beartooth but what makes this video so special? The beautiful direction it takes.
Ahead of this bands show, which sold out in just thirty seconds for London’s St. Pancras Old Church, they have released this video for ‘The Way That You Were’. It sees Sleep Token’s frontman singing some seats behind a woman who is unaware of their presence.
And lastly…. we have Blessthefall. They have released their latest single, ‘Wishful Sinking’, off their latest record, ‘Hard Feelings’. On the video, frontman Beau Bokan has said: it is a particularly special song because it was the first one we wrote with our producer Tyler Smyth. For us, the song is a perfect blend of our new direction and old Blessthefall. With the music video, we wanted to incorporate some amazing visuals and keep the aesthetic of the album. I think we nailed it
And that’s it for another list of ten of the best recently released music videos. Be sure to check back next week at 4PM for another post of the latest and greatest music videos.