Knockout Kid-Your Name All Over It EP
Record Label: THC Music / Rocket Science
Release Date: November 22, 2011
‘Easycore, ‘Happy Hardcore’, ‘Popcore’... Call it what you may, but there’s no denying that fast, aggressive, breakdown-laden pop punk has come a long way from being the unique selling point thrown about by New Found Glory way back when, at the dawn of the century. As frequenters of Absolute Punk, we all know about the current scene and the prominence of bands like The Wonder Years, A Day To Remember, Fireworks ... The list goes on. Well here’s another band to add to the “Mosh Up” iPod playlist. Knockout Kid is a five-piece outfit from Chicago, consisting of John Jacobs on drums, Mike Benyoussef on bass, Jake Fuerst and Karl Nickolov on guitars, and Evan Franklin on vocals. Your Name All Over It is the follow up EP to their Your Name All Over It full length debut and is an upbeat melding together of each aspect of the aforementioned bands. Throughout the EP, clean vocals make way for growls and gang vocals, straightforward guitar work for breakdowns, and of course lyrics about friendships, relationships and general growing up, feature heavily.
The EP opens with a short burst of energy in the form of “Hoop Dreams”. It’s brief, but gives the listener instant knowledge of the type of band they’re dealing with. It’s followed “...Is A Deadman”, by far the most catchy, and best track on the release and lodged itself in my brain from first listen. Technically faultless, if somewhat generic, guitar work and of course lots of breakdowns, and gang shouts make the song almost like a definition of the genre.
“Coach Has Us Running Two-A-Days” and “So Long, So Cal” continue the sound of the previous tracks and manage to be catchy, mosh inspiring and very likeable. The closer “Interstate” is a great closer, carrying on the sound, and is very catchy; leaving the listener feeling upbeat, and wanting more.
Lyrically, the release is above par, managing to avoid common clichés that many bands depend on. While they’re not exactly lyric poets, it’s quite refreshing that they seem to put a bit of thought into their wording. They manage to combine each part of the genre successfully, and extremely likeably. On whole, the EP just makes the listener feel stoked, and while it might not exactly be very cool to like, the release is the perfect un-guilty pleasure.