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The Knew / Press

“There were many bands at the Monolith Festival last weekend. In fact, there were so many, it was hard to keep track of all of them...The one band everyone seemed to have agreed upon were Colorado’s The Knew. I only say this because I couldn’t walk outside of a media tent on Friday without hearing “Do you know of The Knew? You don’t? OK, well they play on Sunday at 1 o’clock. You’ll be there, right?”...My suspicions were correct, and I was surprised at how hard this band could rock. While other acts were recovering from the night before and maybe not putting as much punch into the early shows with less of a crowd (who were probably also recovering from the night before), The Knew made sure to please the crowd members who did show up, incited jealousy in anyone who missed out.”

“Personnel: Jake (vox, guitar), Ty (guitar), Tim (bass), Pat (drums) Website: theknew.com Colorado connection: Ty is a native, Jake and Pat have been here since the '90s and Tim is secretly Canadian. Genre: Guac n' roll Members in other bands: Nope. Favorite local acts: The Outfit, Faceman, Black Lamb, Peña, Vicious Women, A. Tom Collins and anything Patrick Lee is up to. Next show: 10 p.m. Friday, Verizon Wireless Stage @ the Hi-Dive, The UMS We got into music because: Boosh. We're still in it because: Slightly older boosh.”

“Get to know The Knew”

“But it’s not just the recording quality that’s improved. Each track has a renewed complexity and diversity of emotion, with tender and earnest tracks like “My Meridian” balancing out the frantic and catchy pop of “Still On Fire.” “Gretna” channels Nirvana’s “About A Girl,” opening with a grungy guitar riff that then delves into a heavy psychedelic jam. There’s a lot to hear on Pulpería. Tiny guitar nuances and cryptic lyrics pepper the album, rewarding listeners for multiple plays.”

“There was a time when rock music didn’t sound so tame. A time when crowds were rowdy and riots were incited by barbarian frontmen that would take chugs of Jack between dirty guitar riffs and smoked cigarettes. These same bands would play behind chicken wire and have multiple fights breakout mid-song. You would find women with multiple tats littering around the front of the venue waving their bra in midair to gain the attention of any willing member on stage. There were no apologies back then. Denver’s rock titans, the Knew, have created an album that embodies all of the aforementioned. It’s the kind of album Kings of Leon should have made on the second effort. The Knew have finished their new album and about to slay crowds by the thousands starting next month. The name of their forthcoming album is “Pulpería”...”

“The same could be said for the Knew, which has progressed considerably since its last two releases, as heard on its forthcoming debut full-length, Pulpería...Pulpería (a Spanish term for grocery store, inspired by Breuer's time in Santiago, Chile, where he spent his formative years) features buzzy guitars forcibly down-strummed in commanding four-four time as Hansen washes over them with his falsetto. It builds and pulsates on rockers like "City Town" and then takes unexpectedly chilling and expansive turns as Breuer opens up the echo effect on tunes such as "Neck Breaker."”

“Never one to disappoint, The Knew made it clear that they were there to party (clearly indicated by their choice of Andrew WK as the house music). In what I can only describe as “the wildest set I’ve ever seen at Hi-Dive,” there was fog, lights, crowd-surfing, a pinata, and, of course, rock music to match. The Knew, always eager to perform new material, played two new songs they had written since finishing Before It Ends. By the end of the night the Hi-Dive was trashed and everyone went home happy.”