WORDS: GEORGIA RAWSON
After their sophomore record, A Different Shade Of Blue having dropped last month it seems that Knocked Loose aren’t just one of the biggest bands to exist on the current wave of hardcore, but also with their new found popularity, consistent touring scheduling, and creative outlets, that they’re one of the busiest.
“I like the idea of the hunt and being surprised when you scroll past something you would’ve never expected to find…”
But like many others within the niche genre that is hardcore, a subsidary genre of punk, vocalist Bryan Garris has always found time to still tend to his record collection. “I love collecting records, it’s where most of my money goes but I surprisingly NEVER order online.” Muses Bryan. Crate digging locally also seems to be on the agenda, with Garris hinting to the likes of Kentucky’s Fun House Records. “ I like the idea of the hunt and being surprised when you scroll past something you would’ve never expected to find and I also love the idea of supporting local stores too.” And after countless hunts, we had the vocalist narrow it down to these top records…
KILLING TIME – BRIGHTSIDE
This is one of the best NYHC records in my opinion. An obvious classic. If anyone asked me what New York hardcore was supposed to sound like I would show them this record.
MENTAL – PLANET MENTAL
This record is also a classic for me. One of the earlier hardcore bands I found through a friends recommendation. This record isn’t extremely rare but I did however find a European tour press of this with an alternate cover showing the artwork as red instead of blue. Makes it cooler to me and also the reason behind the red alternate covers for the new Knocked Loose record.
HATEBREED – SATISFACTION IS THE DEATH OF DESIRE
This is one of my favorite hardcore records of all time. Front to back I think this is incredible. I find something new I love with every listen. Lyrics ahead of their time and breakdowns are heavier than a lot of the bands trying to be heavy today.
GUILT – EMPTY (“7)
This is a 7” record from a band that was based out of our hometown from Louisville Kentucky. I have a weird obsession with collecting things from our hometown that we’re apart of hardcore before I was. This record came out in 1993, the year I was born. And I own every pressing that they released. Only cool to me and maybe 5 other people that also live in Louisville haha!”
ENDPOINT – IN A TIME OF HATE
“Another one from Louisville that I recently found but this one has an interesting twist. This was a copy of In a Time of Hate by the Louisville hardcore band Endpoint but was accidentally mis pressed as an Elliot record, another Louisville band from the same time period. This is a pretty cool accident and I’m happy to own it. Again, something only me and 5 others care about.”
A Different Shade Of Blue is out now via Pure Noise
Knocked Loose hit the UK later this year with support from RENOUNCED, MALEVOLENCE and JUSTICE FOR THE DAMNED. Check out the dates below.
01 – LONDON ULU
02 – MANCHESTER Rebellion
03 – BRISTOL The Fleece
04 – BIRMINGHAM The Mill
05 – GLASGOW The Grand
06 – LEEDS Stylus