KNUCKLE ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM ‘LIFE IS HARD WHEN YOU’RE SOFT INSIDE’
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Huddersfield garage-rock trio Knuckle have announced their debut album “Life Is Hard When You’re Soft Inside” will be released on 17/05/2019 through Philophobia records.
Made up of Ben Wallbanks, Rob Crisp and Jonny Firth – a postman, a community musician and… Jonny Firth, Knuckle have been perfecting their blues inspired, rough and ready garage rock for years now. Hard touring has seen the band play hundreds of shows in the UK and Europe, support shows with the likes of Idles, The Wave Pictures and Barrence Whitfield & The Savages and release two EP’s in the form of ‘This Weeks Been Hell…’ and ‘Strangers and Freaks’, now, finally, the band finds themselves ready to unleash their debut album on the world.
Recorded at Leeds’ Greenmount Studios (Pulled Apart By Horses, New Model Army, The Cribs), ‘Life Is Hard When You’re Soft Inside’ see’s Knuckle perfect their mesh of blistering intensity, massive riffs and tongue in cheek wordplay tackling issues near and dear to the band. Underneath the music’s rough exterior is songwriter Jonny’s most thoughtful and reflective writing to date: ‘Rewind The Feeling’ recalls a conversation had with a friend about growing up openly gay in the 80’s in Wakefield and the stigma attached to drug addiction, ‘Spilt Milk’ is Jonny’s seething anti-Brexit anthem while ‘Life Is Hard When You’re Soft Inside’ explores growing up in a Northern mining town diagnosed with bi-polar.
The band will be launching their album on the 18th May at The Parish, the beating heart of music in Huddersfield – launching their album at this venue and in their home town is an important thing to the band, explains Ben: “We’re really excited to be launching the album at The Parish; It’s the place Jonny and I originally met, where Rob played his first gig with us and where we have released our two previous EP’s. It kind of feels right. Huddersfield is doing really well at the moment, attracting bands some really great bands like Boy Azooga and The Wytches.”Knuckle’s new album will be available through Wakefield’s Philophobia records on the 17th of May on streaming services and 12” vinyl. The band will be on tour throughout May & June.
· 19th April – The Peer Hat, Manchester
· 18th May – The Parish, Huddersfield
· 23rd May – Vinyl Tap Records, Huddersfield (acoustic instore)
· 24th May – The Captain Cook, Staithes
· 25th May – Springboard Festival
· 28th May – Oporto, Leeds
· 29th May- The Social, London
· 1st June – Long Division Festival
· 5th June – The Fulford Arms, York
“Knuckle have the world ahead of them and have no intention of faltering.” – Drunken Werewolf
“Knuckle have developed their seething blues rock into something not quite as in your face but still equally as menacing” – Counterfeit