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We Are Knuckle Dragger... a band I never get tired
of listening to... big riffs, huge grooves and an intense live show...
clever songwriting without being pretentious... and with the great Steve
Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) recording the band's debut album, "Tit
For Tat", you know they're not a band that needs to hide behind
an over-processed sound. Last year's follow up album, "The Drone",
was produced by Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot, Deftones, Glassjaw) who
helped bring an even bigger bone crunching intent to the recording and
some sonic flourishes that really help pull you in to the sound. They've
toured with Meshuggah, Animals As Leaders and Dillinger Escape Plan,
played Reading & Leeds festival, and done sessions at the BBC. Why
aren't they famous? I'm not sure that's something particularly high
on their list of priorities, probably part of the reason their music
remains, as it always has done, so convincing in it's delivery.
The image above has been used by WAKD for cover / header photos across
their social media pages, on their Wiki page, in magazine articles including
a whole page feature in Big Cheese mag, and it's still a part of my
printed portfolio despite being a couple of years old now. It took 22
specifically taken photographs worked on over 48 layers in Photoshop
to create this image. When printed to it's intended dimensions (nearly
three and a half metres wide) the bass drum measures 22" which
is the actual size. Here's a close crop showing some of the detail on
the bassdrum head...
Seeing WAKD playing live comes highly recommended. The photos below,
taken at The Old Blue Last earlier this year, show a little taste of
the band's live energy. If you want a closer look they'll be at ArcTanGent
this year, the UK festival dedicated to Math-rock, Post-rock and Noise-rock
(in ArcTanGent's own words). For more info on all things WAKD visit
their Bandcamp page.
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