Knuckle Puck
Copacetic


4.0
excellent

Review

by AtlusP4G USER (9 Reviews)
August 4th, 2015 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Copacetic is definitely a step above and beyond anything Knuckle Puck has done before.

Knuckle Puck seem to have learned quite a bit from their string of EPs crafting a debut album that doesn’t reek of that same angry pop-punk you’ve come to expect from many of today’s heavyweight bands (The Story So Far in particular). On Copacetic Knuckle Puck have essentially taken the impressive highlights of their earlier work and added newer aspects in place of the generic twaddle that had filled out most of their previous releases.

Embracing musical influences outside their immediate genre has worked out incredibly well, album closer Untitled borrows heavily from American Football’s Never Meant, with long stretches of simplistic guitar work separating the more active vocal driven segments of the track. In essence it sounds like something you’d expect from The Hotelier, but Knuckle Puck manages to make the song their own, mostly through the improved use of their dual vocal setup.

The vocal output tends to be the most obvious improvement between the EPs and album, previously Joe Taylor suffered from Real Friends syndrome; not knowing when to scream, shout or sing and instead mashing it all together and hoping for the best, on Copacetic we find Taylor finally learning how to utilise his vocal work in conjunction with the instrumental side of the band; less of a Parker Cannon and more of a Daniel Campbell. It’s not just Taylor learning when to do the right thing though, guitarist and backing vocalist Nick Casasanto has improved also, functioning more as an extra instrument than a focal point of the band, Casasanto’s output is reduced to a more haunting airy background voice that seeps in at just the right moments to add extra depth to the overall sound, it’s a choice that pays off as Taylor is given more room to move around the sound space without the listener being subjected to a cluttered atrocity.

As far as instrumental work is concerned not a lot has changed, the band does demonstrate a better understanding of dynamics, where previously their output had been very top heavy, it’s not uncommon for songs to feature repeating motifs throughout that serve well to establish a ground point before breaking off into a variety of divergent song structures. It sounds more innovative than it is, but Copacetic is definitely a step above and beyond anything Knuckle Puck has done before. There’s still room to grow, but as far as standard pop-punk goes Knuckle Puck haven’t done much wrong, hopefully their next work embraces some of the non-punk influences showcased here and pushes them further into the overarching sound but for now it’s enough.



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AtlusP4G
August 4th 2015


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review in over a year. Have at it!

Feather
August 4th 2015


6304 Comments


Pop punk bands like this are so boring. They all sound the same.

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Cygnatti
August 4th 2015


33950 Comments


Copacetic is definitely a step above and beyond anything Knuckle Puck has done before.
so what you're telling me is that this is like a 1.6/5 rather than a 1.5/5?

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MotokoKusanagi
August 4th 2015


3534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice review, enjoying this so far

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
August 4th 2015


10859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

seems to me like knuckle puck is suffering from real friends syndrome and the billion and a half eps and splits and shit they put out are just way better than their album when it finally comes out

Mutantsnowstorm
August 4th 2015


507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gameofmetal: I agree, I never think it's a good idea to put out a bunch of EPs and splits because then when the full length comes out, the band seems to have burnt out their energy and abilities. I believe you should out out a full length after (at max) 2 EPs; if you don't like the finished product of your full length, just go back and rerelease it a few years down the road

AtlusP4G
August 5th 2015


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's a weird way of looking at it, lots of bands go the EP route because it's cheaper and less time consuming. In the case of this band I doubt they'd have been signed to Rise and given the advance to record a full length without the relative success of the EPs.



Also who negged/down voted? Feedback would be nice.

pepster50
August 5th 2015


418 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

kinda disappointed with this album. Their last ep was great !

AtlusP4G
August 6th 2015


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't think much of their ep's to be honest.

woahdood49
August 7th 2015


6 Comments


"with long stretches of simplistic guitar work separating the more active vocal driven segments of the track"

...is exactly why this album worse than any of their previous work. The vocals go way better with more upbeat songs and an overall faster paced album. This band isn't meant to play songs longer than 3:00.

I agree as well that their last 6 song EP was pretty good and a couple other songs like "Gold Rush" and "No Good"

woahdood49
August 7th 2015


6 Comments


"we find Taylor finally learning how to utilise his vocal work in conjunction with the instrumental side of the band; less of a Parker Cannon and more of a Daniel Campbell"

the way you worded that.... Get off Soupy's dick

AtlusP4G
August 9th 2015


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay then.

LotusFlower
August 9th 2015


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What a boring album

doomjitsu
June 19th 2016


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still rules tho

doomjitsu
June 19th 2016


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

last song is amazing

SHAKEandBAKE
July 16th 2016


1344 Comments


great pop punk album

Jacob818Hollows
August 14th 2016


218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really digging this stuff

Snide
October 14th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album's awesome.

KenboSlice
October 19th 2016


3589 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can't believe these guys are so butthurt about Jarrod Alonge.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 20th 2016


27221 Comments


#istandwithjarrod

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