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Watch: 'Scum' by Knuckle
23 November 2022

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Huddersfield garage rockers Knuckle have shared details of their second album alongside ‘Scum’, their first new music since 2019. West Yorkshire DIY stalwarts, Knuckle will return with their second album ‘Life’s a Bench, Then They Put Your Name On It’ via beloved Wakefield DIY label Philophobia in February 2023, their second collaboration after 2019’s ‘Life Is Hard When You’re Soft Inside’.

Admitting to a slightly longer gap than anticipated between albums one and two, the trio have found life getting in the way since their 2019 debut. From getting married and starting families to launching t-shirt brands (Jonny Firth’s Wild West Yorkshire label) and standing on CWU picket lines (Drummer Ben Wallbanks is a postie supporting the strikes), the various members of Knuckle have poured all of this living and hard won experience into their second album - a raucous, gentle, crushing, hilarious and complex documentation of their own lives and those around them in Huddersfield. 

Sharing the first song to be heard from the album, Knuckle have shared new single ‘Scum’ - arguably the most restrained song the trio have ever released, ‘Scum’ is a slow, purposeful blues inspired stomp with crushing riffs and Firth’s voice in full force as he tackles addiction & depression with his singular darkly funny wit and insight. The band have also shared a video for the track, shot by longtime collaborator Ash Scott in the formerly abandoned Huddersfield Church the band call home. 

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Made up of Jonny Firth, Ben Wallbanks and Rob Crisp, Knuckle have been working on their own clash of blistering intensity, massive riffs and tongue in cheek wordplay tackling issues near and dear to them for years, with hundreds of headline, supports and festival shows under their belts, the band released their debut album in 2019 to rave reviews, closing out the year with a massive headline show at Wakefield’s Warehouse 23 venue, documented by Long Division Festival.
  author: CHRISTOPHER NOSNIBOR 23 November 2022