Here is a new feature that we’ve been meaning to start for a while. It’s one of the reasons we started the blog, to find new bands and expose them to as many people as possible. So without further ado, I give to you our first featured new discovery.
I heard Knox Hamilton while driving home from work. I was mid-conversation when “Work It Out” started to play. I stopped talking mid-sentence and turned up the volume, instantly falling in love with the track. The first thing I did when I got home was search for more music from this talented band.
Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, Knox Hamilton consists of Boots Copeland (the boots), Brad Pierce (the professor), Cobo Copeland (the talent), and Drew Buffington (the hair). Since 2011, the guys have put out 3 EPs which are all available on their website for your listening / purchasing pleasure (seriously go support these guys). Fueled by the similar staples within their collective musical taste, the members of Knox Hamilton blend laid back guitar riffs and catchy bass lines with rhythmic drum beats and soaring vocals to produce a sound that’s as likely to make you want to visit the beach as it is to move your feet.
Due to the band’s eclectic taste in music, their songs are filled with a wonderful blend of multiple genres and different influences. “Work It Out” starts out sounding much like opening a music box before the synths and guitars kick in, building the song up more and more before the first verse starts. Honestly the song reminds me a lot of The Colourist mostly due to how easily it is to get swept up in its upbeat rhythms and lyrics.
There are clear 70’s dance influences on songs like “Ameritown” and “Beach Boy” (both featured on The Great Hall EP) while “Simple Heart” (So Far Safari) has a bit of a folk feel with some Modest Mouse thrown in for good measure. Knox Hamilton knows how to mix genres and they do it well. If these guys aren’t on your radar, they definitely should be. With some much deserved attention coming their way for “Work It Out” recently you can expect to start (hopefully) seeing more and more of these guys. Maybe that means we’ll be getting a full length LP soon and some live shows outside of their home base in Little Rock.
For Fans Of: The Colourist, Phoenix, Parade of Lights, The Griswolds