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Knights - Interview

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With Knights having just released their debut single and their EP ‘Hailstorm’ release on the way, I decided to catch up with Michael Storey, Knights Guitarist to find out a little more about the band! See review of their new EP here .

As a band what are your musical influences?

“Well we have our favourite bands, which have helped create the sound we have today. Bands like Converge, The Chariot, Johnny Truant, and Entombed. But we’re just fucked-off young guys channelling our energy into a shrapnel-blast of calculated chaos. This is the result, it’s pretty much white knuckle - a simmering anger that points inwards and vents outwards at mindless hate.”


Why should people listen to you?

“Because the Chariot and Johnny Truant are finished – who else do people have to turn to for filthy punk-fuelled noise?” 


How do you differ from other bands?

“We play to a click, it’s a bit death-defying because we have to be so clinical with our performance and there’s no room for error. But we are perfectionists and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Being as tight as a nun’s…., you know – really helps us take that next step up into professionalism. 

We also play with real vigour and aggression and that’s reflected in our performances and the debut single Mistress, which is out now.”


How does it feel to have released your debut single?

“It feels good. We’re generating interest slowly but surely, and we’ve had some real positive feedback about it, which is very humbling to hear especially when people are drawing comparisons to us with bigger, more established acts like The Chariot etc. The video for the single has really been the driving force for this and long may it continue.”


Why did you decide to give it away for free?

“Well we want to generate more interest in the band, and giving away music for free is a good way to encourage people to listen to your music. We will be charging for our EP though when that comes out in April but it’ll be well worth the £3.”


What’s next for the band?

“Just gigging the hell out of 2014. Hopefully another video and maybe a few festival performances.”


Are there any plans for a tour this year?

“Yeah, we head out on the road next week (17/2/14)

17th Feb - Stockton-On-Tees, The Vault
19th Feb – High Wycombe, Scorpios
20th Feb – Sheffield, South Sea Live
21st Feb – Castleford, The Black Bull.

We’ve got a couple more tours coming up including a 2-week run in April and we head out to Europe in September. Exciting times.”


What would you like to achieve as a band?

“Travel the world and play as many shows as possible in as many different countries as we can.” 


Do you have a fact about the band that the fans don’t know?

“The first band I (Michael, guitarist) saw live was Darude, it was so loud I got a nosebleed. I don’t even know if that’s possible but it happened.” 


Describe the band in three words.

“Fucked-off Punk.”


Be sure to keep up with Knights via their Facebook page and Twitter page


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