6/24/08: 31Knots

Worried Well
Polyvinyl Records
Release: August 19, 2008
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Sounds like: Modest Mouse back on drugs and off their major label, “indie” before the term was popular, jagged art-rock with a mean bite

Intoxicatingly head-spinning electro-rock fusion on the sixth album from this celebrated Portland, OR, trio. Fiery guitar shards and group chorus blitzes set the tone on “Certificate,” while the sparse bluster of “The Breaks” and the explosive symphonics of “Something Up Here” will definitely blow your hair back. Tribal chants (“Strange Kicks”), military-style drums (“Opaque/All White”), shambling psychedelia (“Compass Commands”), and Bowie-worthy synth blasts (“Upping The Mandate”) follow; somehow the whole variegated mess comes together nicely on the shoulders of Joe Haege’s passionate guitar and vocals. According to 31Knots’ bio, “their live show is a constellation to navigate by,” and judging by Worried Well, I believe it. If you’re looking for high-energy experimentalism and haven’t already tacked in the 31Knots direction, they could be your next favorite underground discovery.

Official band site: www.31knots.com
Myspace: www.myspace.com/31knots
Label: www.polyvinylrecords.com/artists/index.php?id=308

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