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Showbox Presents

Knocked Loose

with Show Me The Body, Loathe and Speed

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A Tearexpands on the narratives hinted at onA Different Shade of Blue, their highly lauded 2019full-length that cemented them as one of heavy music’s most prominent acts. With quarantineupending their extensive touring schedule—“we’ve kind of been consistently on the road since2014,”says Garris—the group found themselves in early 2020 sequestered near their hometownof Louisville, in Oldham County, Kentucky. By June, they were hunkered down in a cabin in PigeonForge, Tennessee, focused on writing a concept album. By the end of September they hadfinished recordingA Tear in the Fabric of Life.Musically, the songs were written in order and speak to each other. On the opener, “Where LightDivides the Holler,” ambient sounds of a radio switching give way to a harsh, punishingbreakdown. “Permanent,” the closer, is crushing, and ends in a majestic, almost soundtrack-likering-out. In between there are new elements—guitars droning out, radio interludes, vocal-onlysuites—and the immediate heaviness listeners have come to expect fromKnocked Loose. It’shardcore, filtered through what Garris says is a more prominent death metal influence. The newsounds the band never tried before have the goal,guitarist Isaac Halesays, of making everythingsound“more extreme and more abrasive.”Which is saying something. Young,but accomplished—along with Garris and Hale, there’sKevin Otten (bass)andKevin “Pacsun” Kaine (drums), everyone in their mid to late twenties—the band’s been trading on heaviness for a while.“We’ve written a lot of songs,”says Hale,“and a lot ofbreakdowns.”Their discography—along withBlue, there’sLaugh Tracks, from 2016,both onPure Noise, as well as a demo and a handful of singles—is full of them. Every recordup toA Tearhas been very much hardcore, building off its predecessor, addingsome metal andhigher emotional stakes. More growth means more heaviness. Says Hale,“nothing gets takenaway.”So too withA Tear, which is a massive progression, but not a departure. The end result feels likea stress test: six songs that speak to each other in a language that’s equal parts Phil Spector anddeath metal and that balance the tension between technical mastery and catchiness. This isKnocked Loose, distilled, and taking a leap.

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  • Tue, May 14, 2024
  • Showbox SoDo
  • 7:00 PM
  • $39.50
  • All Ages to Enter, 21 & Over to Drink
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