Knuckle Puck headlined the show at The House of Independents in Asbury Park, New Jersey on November 9, 2017. This American punk rock band is currently touring the US. Members consist of Joe Taylor (lead vocals), Ryan Rumchaks (bass), John Siorek (drums, percussion), Nick Casasanto (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Kevin Maida (lead guitar). They performed in front of an energetic and lively crowd. Other bands on the lineup were With Confidence, Movements, and Homesafe.
This was the first time I saw Knuckle Puck and I was very impressed with the crowd participation. For the song “Gone,” several fans were crowd surfing and singing along to the music. One fan even dove off the stage into the crowd. I have never seen so many people having fun at a punk rock concert, especially for a packed house on a Thursday night. A lot of the fans seemed to be in their late teens or early twenties. Even the band members were jumping and kicking around on stage; adding to the excitement and energy.
Since playing their first show in July of 2010, this band has released several EP’s and worked on side many projects. Knuckle Puck seems to be getting popular fast and has performed at many venues around the world. The Chicago, Illinois band have toured with other groups such as State Champs, Neck Deep, and Senses Fail. They were nominated for “Album of the Year and Best Breakthrough Band” in the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards (Wikipedia).
Another song on the setlist included “Double Helix” which is off their “Shapeshifter album. Shapeshifter is the band’s second album and was released on October 13th of this year. More songs during the show consisted of “Everyone Lies to Me” and “Wait,” which starts off with a slow rhythm while the beat gets faster and alternates throughout the song. The singer pointed his microphone towards the crowd while encouraging everyone to sing along. Fans continued to have a good time while fans belted out lyrics. I noticed that there were a lot of moshing and circle pits. After seeing this band for the first time on Youtube, I had a feeling that they would be great in concert!
Their last stop on the US tour is at the Metro in Chicago, Illinois on December 30th. Be sure to catch Knuckle Puck while they are still touring the U.S. If you are overseas, in January of 2018, Knuckle Puck will be touring Australia and Japan. They kick off their Australian tour on January 9th at Arrow on Swanston in Melbourne.