Bruised and bloodied, Knocked Loose open up the pit with a brutal sound that falls between hardcore punk and metalcore. The Kentucky-based group issued a pair of EPs before inking a deal with Pure Noise ahead of the release of their first full-length effort, 2016′s uncompromising Laugh Tracks. The band continued to hone their beatdown hardcore sound on subsequent efforts like 2019′s A Different Shade of Blue and 2021′s A Tear in the Fabric of Life EP.
Led by screaming frontman Bryan Garris, the Oldham County, Kentucky quintet is also composed of guitarists Isaac Hale and Cole Crutchfield, bassist Kevin Otten, and drummer Dylan Isaacs. In 2011, Garris, Otten, and Hale joined drummer Jared Barron (Concealer, Greyhaven) for an early incarnation of the band (a teenaged Garris honed his early vocal skills by practicing in various area bands with Barron). Later, they enlisted Isaacs as their permanent drummer. Their first EP, Pop Culture, was released on Little Heart in 2014, quickly followed by a split EP with Louisville quintet Damaged Goods. Knocked Loose’s debut LP arrived in 2016. Laugh Tracks (Pure Noise) debuted on the Billboard 200 and in the Top 50 on six separate side charts. The band teamed up with prolific engineer Will Putney for their sophomore effort, 2019′s punishing A Different Shade of Blue, which introduced elements of thrash and melodic death metal into their already punitive sound. In 2021 the band released the potent Tear in the Fabric of Life, a conceptual six-song EP about grief and isolation that was accompanied by a short animated film created by Swedish filmmaker Magnus Jonsson. ~ Neil Z. Yeung