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Knucklepuck/Seaway/Sorority Noise/Head North 

When: Sat., Nov. 21, 6 p.m. 2015
Price: $14 ADV, $16 DOS
Earlier this summer, Chicago-based pop-punk band, Knuckle Puck released their debut full length, Copacetic on Rise Records. According to the official press release, “the band set out to flip the script.” “Going into it, we still wanted to be the same band we always were,” says guitarist Kevin Maida via phone from a Jacksonville tour stop. “We didn’t want to write the same 11 songs. To us, that was boring concept. We had an opportunity to impress ourselves and see how different we could make certain aspects of this while still maintaining the current band because we like the current band are. We didn’t want to pull a 180. We just wanted to do different stuff. It was fun to see how our music has changed over time.” The intro to the ballad “Ponder” features cooing harmony vocals. It’s typical of the band’s more nuanced approach on the album. Not that the band’s lost its edge. “Pretense” commences with parched, rapid-fire vocals before giving way to quieter guitar riffs. And “Untitled” pairs call-and-response vocals with noisy guitars. (Niesel)

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