The Knew is set to release its follow-up full length album “Man Monster” this week. Reverb caught up with guitarist Tyler Breuer and lead vocalist Jacob Hansen as they were hard at work preparing the physical copies for mass delivery. The Knew will be performing not once, not twice, but thrice this weekend! Friday early evening will see an in-store show at Wax Trax from 5-7 p.m., and the Lion’s Lair will host the proper shows on Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. You can purchase the new album here.
What was the timetable like for “Man Monster”?
TB: “Pre-production started in 2011, however our producer, Chris Fogal, moved his studio midway through the recording. The studio moved from his house to a new studio on Colfax and Dahlia named Black in Bluhm.”
The new album sounds “larger” than your previous works with the inclusion of a horn section. Tell us what you guys did differently.
TB: “This time around we did include horns. David Thomas Bailey from FaceMan put together the arrangements for the horn section that includes Jacob Herold, Adam Bartczak and Cary Webb. We played through four amps and four guitars all the while adding sounds on top of drums. We got creative in the studio to make it bigger. One of the things we did is listen actively to other recordings that we loved from classical to rock to see what they did. In the end, we were willing to make it sound how like it did in our heads.”
How did the song crafting process shake out?
JH: “Everyone wrote their own piece and came together to talk about what we liked and disliked. We tried a lot of different things and went into the studio to see what worked what best. This album has a lot of more group vocals than previous releases.”
What kind of promotion are you doing for the album?
JH: “We have a few shows in September with These United States and the Neon Reverb festival in Las Vegas. We might jump back on the road with These United States in the fall depending on how things go. In October, we plan on touring Colorado with Jason Anderson (K Records) for a few dates.”
Goldrush is back. And different.
The Goldrush Music Festival isn’t your traditional Denver festival. Instead of going bigger in its second year, Goldrush has gone significantly smaller. This year’s festival has been moved from South Broadway to the Deer Pile; a quaint venue that resides above City O’ City with a capacity of around 100. Be on the lookout for a host of day shows at Wax Trax on Sept. 21 and 22 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pick up your tickets here.
Goldrush 2012 lineup
Barn Owl (San Francisco, CA)
Ttotals (Nashville, TN)
Caddywhompus (New Orleans, LA)
StaG (Boulder, CO)
Panabrite (Seattle, WA)
Discoverer (Kansas City, KS)
Former Selves (Oakland, CA)
Echo Beds (Denver, CO)
Alphabets (Denver, CO)
Aloonaluna (San Francisco, CA)
M. Sage (Ft. Collins, CO)
The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact (Denver, CO)
Outlands (Blacksburg, VA)
Kick Majestic (Ft. Collins, CO)
Vyxor (Berkeley, CA)
Radere (Boulder, CO)
Breakfastes (Denver, CO)
Five Iron Frenzy benefit for Aurora
The guys from Five Iron Frenzy want to do their part for Aurora in throwing the Theater 9 Benefit at the Summit Music Hall on Sept. 7. Satellites & Sirens and Random Hero will open the show. You can purchase tickets here.
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.