and it’s super catchy!
Chicago pop punkers Knuckle Puck have released a new track from their highly anticipated sophomore album Shapeshifter (released on the 13th October via Rise Records). Want Me Around is their latest effort and shows their knack for crunchy chords, muscular choruses and their ability to make every song they write stick in your head for days.
The five-piece will also be touring throughout UK this December with support from Tiny Moving Parts, Have Mercy & Movements. Here are those dates:
7 December – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
8 December – Key Club, Leeds
9 December – SWG3, Glasgow
10 December – Riverside, Newcastle
12 December – Club Academy, Manchester
13 December – Fleece, Bristol
14 December – 1865, Southampton
15 December – Electric Ballroom, London
Earlier this year, Knuckle Puck headed to the studio to record the follow-up to their 2015 breakthrough Copacetic 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.
Midway through the recording, vocalist Joe Taylor, guitarists Nick Casasanto and Kevin Maida, bassist Ryan Rumchaks and drummer John Siorek realized they weren’t only making the wrong album for Knuckle Puck—they were making the wrong album for themselves.
So the band eventually changed producers, eventually landing back with Copacetic producer Seth Henderson, and began rebuilding the songs they’d written. As a result the songwriting on Shapeshifter became tighter and more deliberate, the lyrics more introspective and urgent. Above all, it’s an album that proves the band are unflinchingly unwilling to compromise when it comes to their art.
“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.”