"We just wanted to find new ways to be heavy" - Knocked Loose talk new LP A Different Shade Of Blue
Kentucky hardcore punks Knocked Loose made a big impression back in 2016 with their debut LP Laugh Tracks, which brought together the pace and frenzy of Converge with the raw power of Deftones.
They toured hard off the back of it, heading out with scene veterans Parkway Drive, Every Time I Die and Thy Art Is Murder, before transitioning into their own headline tours.
Now, they need a follow-up, which arrives this week in the shape of second LP A Different Shade Of Blue.
The album is out today and we spoke to guitarist and key songwriter Isaac Hale about how it all came together...
How did you want this album to move on from what you did on your debut? Did you have an idea of what you wanted to do differently?
"On this record, we just wanted to find new ways to be heavy. We wanted to expand on the idea of the band, but just update it. It took as a while to find that, but we did."
Will Putney has produced the album once again, why did you decide to work with him again? What does he give you as a producer?
"Will Putney is not only a great producer and engineer who makes amazing records, but also a great friend and someone who knows what vibe we want for our band. He shared our vision and worked with our ideas. He’s an amazing helping hand. The record would not be the same without him."
You’ve got Every Time I Die singer Keith Buckley on ‘Forget Your Name’, how did that collaboration come about and how was he to work with?
"Keith is a close friend of ours. Having such an inspirational vocalist to me singing on our record still blows me away. He wanted us to be happy so badly and he absolutely crushed it. We're so excited he’s on the record."
You’ve got Dying Wish singer Emma Boster on there too, what did she bring to ‘A Serpent’s Touch’?
"Emma is such an amazing vocalist with a really intense and unique voice. Her guest spot is one of my favourite parts on the record. It’s so intense and the build-up to it is crazy."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Is there a theme to it?
"This record gets very dark and heavy through the whole thing. There’s a big lyrical focus on loss and sadness on pretty much every song."
Which song on the album took the longest to get right?
"They honestly all took a similar amount of time because these songs were written in confirmed writing sessions in the studio. We dedicated a similar amount of time to each one. I can’t really point out one that took a long time. If we were wasting time on an idea, we knew it wasn’t hitting us properly and was scratched."
And which came together most quickly?
"A couple of these came together quickly, just because we were really inspired and fired up. 'In The Walls' and 'Denied By Fate' stand out in that group."
When did you decide on A Different Shade Of Blue for the album title? Were any other titles in contention?
"That title was the idea for a very long time. Once it was brought up by Bryan (Garris - lead vocals) we were all super down for it from the beginning. The idea behind it and the vibe it has is very unique and awesome."
What are your plans to take the album out live?
"I want to play as many songs off of this record as possible. I think these songs have the potential to be the new craziest parts of a set. We just need to get people familiar. Definitely excited to see how they go over in a live setting. That’s what they were meant for."
Knocked Loose's new album A Different Shade Of Blue is out now.