Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Crying, Somos | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Crying, Somos Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m. 2014

South-suburban five-piece Knuckle Puck fly the pop-punk flag, and along with Tinley Park’s Real Friends—whose debut hit number 24 on the Billboard 200 in July—they’re at the head of the country’s growing pack of sweetly earnest young power-chord devotees. Of the two, I prefer Knuckle Puck for their robust pop songwriting, precision-engineered playing, slightly dirty riffs, and scuffed-up vocal yelps. On their new EP, While I Stay Secluded (Bad Timing), they throw nothing but fastballs—the revved-up dual guitars and bold, rubbery bass drive home the heartfelt lyrics of front man Joe Taylor, whose measured screams and fervent talk-singing about the vague pains of youth make those wounds feel raw. The EP lacks a song with massive crossover potential, but Knuckle Puck seem to have one in them: “Gold Rush,” which they released on a split-seven inch with Neck Deep in February, is the kind of huge, anthemic number that gets even bigger live. When I saw the band in May, packs of fans surged toward the stage to scream along with every word, injecting even more urgency into an already surging tune. —Leor Galil

Price: sold out

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