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    The Knew

  • The Knew

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    The Knew


If you go
What: The Knew
When: 8:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007
Cost: free before 10 p.m., $5 after

The Knew is a band of “front row boys.”

That’s a pretty self-explanatory term. The Denver rockers are big music fans. They love it. That doesn’t sound so different from any other musician, but they treat it as a mantra more than a description. They live it, and it guides their progress as a band.

As Jacob Hansen put it, it’s about being 100 percent into it, whatever you’re doing.

“I think our thing has always been, don’t take yourself too seriously, but take your music seriously,” he said. “We love music so much. As front row boys, that takes both a mix of being into music and being into it in the front row, but also getting over yourself and not worrying what people are thinking. Like what you like.”

With two LPs behind them and a third in the works, The Knew is finding that to be an increasingly successful way of making music. The recent 7-inch release Snappy Little Numbers is evidence of it, and they have at least eight more songs ready. The goal this time is faster-paced rock in the vein of ’70s punk, but even with that goal in mind, the process has been loose.

“We really let this one do whatever it wanted to,” Hansen said. “We’ve done it in batches of three or four songs. We do a lot on the fly. If it feels good, go for it, record it, you can just cut it later … We know enough about writing that we know what to trust and what not to. It’s been great. It’s been a blast. We do whatever we want. It’s been less of questioning things.”

That differs from the writing and recording for the other records, Hansen said, when they’d have several ideas for each song to work through. Instead, they’re writing songs in one shot and not worrying too much beyond throwing in “little twists” so they don’t fall into the fast-rock trap of repeating the same chords over and over.

They’re trying to be more lyrically direct as well. They don’t want to be political or a “message band,” but they want whatever the message is to hit you clearly.

“Some of them we’re writing in one practice. It’s what comes out, and it’s easy to like what comes out. We’re not fighting each other,” Hansen said. “You know when you have the same rock guitars and vocalists singing, it’s gonna sound like The Knew but it’s gonna be more in-your-face rock ‘n’ roll.”

Until the next LP comes out, on a date TBD, check out Snappy Little Numbers for a taste of what’s to come, and catch The Knew live at the Larimer Lounge Friday night.

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