Knuckle Puck: Lyrically Brilliant Pop-Punk

Knuckle Puck: Lyrically Brilliant Pop-Punk

We’ve said it before, and we’re here to say it again—something bout Chicago that generates some of the best pop-punk the genre has ever seen. Knuckle Puck more than proves our point with lyrically brilliant tunes. And here they are to do it again, sharing the new song ‘RSVP.’ The band has also announced their new album 20/20, which is due out later this year via Rise Records. 

Composed of vocalist Joe Taylor, guitarist/vocalist Nick Casasanto, guitarist Kevin Maida, drummer John Siorek, and bassist Ryan Rumchak, this band isn’t new to the scene. Sure they may not be considered OGs of pop-punk quite yet, but they have more than enough collateral to make their way there. Knuckle Puck exploded onto the scene with their 2015 debut of Copacetic. Although you shouldn’t let that fool you as their early stuff is a masterpiece in itself (check that shit out). Combining fast pace pop-punk with some of the most intelligent and captivating lyrics of their time, these babes are straight up unstoppable. They show no signs of slowing down anytime soon, and for that, we are forever grateful. 

Releasing their third full-length, Knuckle Puck is launching the album with a limited edition, 300-piece vinyl pre-order, which will include a free zine featuring the band’s personal photography. We don’t yet have a release date, but knowing we have 20/20 to look forward to later this year, we’re feeling a bit more optimistic about 2020.


Knuckle Puck Gives Us High Hopes For 20/20

Plus, we’ve got an incredible new single to gush over in the meantime. The intensely personal single ‘RSVP’ leaves us with high hopes for the new record.

“This is one of the first songs I wrote in my apartment after moving to LA,” says Casasanto. “So much had happened in my personal life after the release of [2017’s] Shapeshifter that I felt like life was moving and changing faster than I could cope.” 

 Vocals sounding on point, perfectly paired riffs, and lyrics that are anything but basic- we’re impressed. 

Casasanto further explains, “I felt separated from everything and everyone living on the other side of the country, but it was strangely refreshing. In a way, it felt like I had escaped a lot of my problems. So when people would ask, ‘When are you coming back to Chicago?,’ it was difficult to give them an honest answer.”

Tune In To ‘Tune You Out’

This song follows the first single off the album ‘Tune You Out,’ which is also an absolute banger. If you don’t believe us, check it out for yourself.

With singles like these, we do not doubt that 20/20 will be the perfect companion piece to their debut album. Providing a youthful like, wide-eyed approach of their earlier material, while showcasing their evolution and experience they have gained since. 20/20 will offer us both a look back and a step forward, urging listeners to live in the present- here and now.

“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.”


What do YOU think about the new singles? What’s your favorite so far? Let us know by commenting down below or tweeting us @thehoneypop

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