In a time where things are feeling bleaker and bleaker as each day passes (thanks 2020), it’s hard to find something that doesn’t totally reflect the mood of this not-so joyous year. And while that’s okay, switching it up is always a welcomed surprise.
And thank goodness for us, because Knuckle Puck are here and they have done just that with their latest release. Dropped on September 18, 2020, via Rise Records, the group have released its third studio album, suitably named, 20/20.
To give listeners a little sample of what to expect from a full playthrough of their latest release, the band’s guitarist and vocalist, Nick Casasanto, shared in a press release that the band’s latest endeavor was meant to highlight the happier times, rather than the sad.
“Not every song has to be an existential journey,” Casasanto says. “We went into this album wanting to make people feel good about who they are and not upset about who they aren’t. There’s so much to be angry about right now, and rather than contribute to it, we wanted to give people a reason to feel good. I want people to want to listen to this record.”
Coming in at a total of 11-songs, the group’s latest album features a more polished and adult sound that we haven’t heard from the band before, while also maintaining quirks from their previous albums (like introspective lyrics, upbeat deliveries of each track and effervescent instrumentals.)
The combination of the new and old sounds make for an enjoyable and easy listening for both new and old fans alike. Whether you’re looking for tracks that remind you of the band’s Copacetic days or if you’re just now finding out about them via this album, there’s a good chance you’ll find something you’d enjoy within these 11 songs.
This album, by far, plays on their musical strengths while also giving them the leeway into trying something new with their music. While it’s not super different from the previous albums, 20/20 does feel as though Knuckle Puck are finally at the point where they’ve found their footing into the music they want to create.
Overall, Knuckle Puck’s 20/20 showcases the band’s unique style of pop-punk while also giving everyone something positive to listen to during these strange times.