Knocksville - ‘Volume 2’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Haslam   
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 04:00

Knocksville artworkSelf-styled ‘blues infested punkabilly’ band Knocksville hail from Brighton. As you’d imagine from the title, this is their second long player, amongst some EPs. If you fancy some homegrown rockabilly, they're a good place to start.


‘Ragdoll’ hits you as it should; tight, rhythmic and punchy. The rough edges of a live sound are intact, which would have been ruined by a slick production. Music to bop to. ‘Stride Of Pride’ nods to the mighty Stray Cats, while ‘Dog With A Bone’, to these ears, has a hint of The Hives. All good so far.


There’s some choppy, Wilko rhythms to ‘It’s About Time’ and ‘Jezebel’ has the slap bass upfront. The ‘punkabilly’ tag can be worrying, as it often means ‘no discernible tune’, but not so here. But, there is nearly always a ska-tinged tune, and ‘Girl Like You’ is the one here. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with it, but it doesn't really fit, and their strengths lie elsewhere. Thankfully, ‘Yuppy Love’ has a crisp, bouncy riff that gets the head nodding, and ‘Pretty Little Stalker’ keeps the energy coming.


‘A Thousand Tears’ is their acoustic, reflective moment, which, in fairness, is pretty good, but I prefer ‘Cursed Memories’ and ‘Lockdown’. I don't want sensitive!


I hope to see them live soon, as this is where the music is meant to be heard.


‘Volume 2’ is out now. You can buy your copy HERE.


Knocksville play the following dates in July:


Friday 14 – Hastings, The Palace

Sunday 16 - Chiddingly Festival

Saturday 22 – Donington, Convoy In The Park

Saturday 29 – Plumpton, Magfest 2


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