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Knuckle Puck Shapeshifter

October 13 2017, 6:12 PM EDT Greg Pratt


Knuckle Puck are leading the new generation of pop punk in ‘Shapeshifter’

Knuckle Puck Shapeshifter

Knuckle Puck are leading the new generation of pop punk in ‘Shapeshifter’

Released:October 13, 2017 Rise Records

ROCKS LIKE: Seaway, New Found Glory, the Wonder Years

WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Chicago’s Knuckle Puck were poised to lead this generation of pop-punkers before their debut, 2015’s Copacetic, even dropped. And leading they are, this time with a heaping dose of maturity (the somber opener “Nervous Passenger”) and songs that flirt with a new shot of Braid-style, almost-tech emo (“Twist”), with much success. “Wait” is the band’s finest moment yet as songwriters.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Yes, we said “maturity,” but it’s not hokey, forced, boring or dad-rock. It’s songs like “Conduit,” which slow down the pace to add melodies and a ’90’s Midwestern emo twang that make Knuckle Puck sound wise beyond their young years. An impressive and diverse follow-up to an already-impressive debut, but where do they go from here? Wherever it is, it’ll be worth going along for the ride.

OUR PICK: “Wait”

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