Knocked Loose – Laugh Tracks
Label: Pure Noise
For Fans Of: Expire, Varials, Incendiary
By Jimmy King
Knocked Loose is a band that seems to be a household name across any type of heavy scene throughout the United States. Sitting at the opening slot of a tour with Counterparts, Expire and Gideon last spring, Knocked Loose seemed like anything but the opener. Just a few days ago, the band released their highly anticipated debut full length Laugh Tracks and it was everything I hoped for and more.
The album introduces everything Knocked Loose’s future will be with the first track ‘Oblivions Peak’. The band’s pissed off attitude will surely be something listeners can connect with and will provide for an amazing live show. Throughout the album there’s an abundance of things not necessarily displayed from the band in the past. Laugh Tracks is stacked with panic chords and a surprising amount of slam that detaches this release from the previous, but not enough to lose old fans.
Just before the halfway mark of the album we are gifted with a minute and eleven second long banger titled “Counting Worms.” There are few bands that could put out that short of a song that still catches the listeners attention, but I keep coming back to this song, always wishing it were longer. As we keep heading down the track list, we’re surprised with guest vocals by Counterparts own Brendan Murphy on “Billy No Mates.” If there was any sign of the album getting boring or repetitive, the guest vocal spot by Murphy eliminates that quickly.
It’s hard to put into words how satisfied I am with this album. The only thing I can say is that I know it’ll end up very high in my albums of the year list.
Last modified: September 29, 2016