Knuckle Pups brings a DIY ethic to melodic indie-punk songs. Principle songwriter, Oliver Holloway, crafts contemplative, yet playful lyrics. Sung over thick vocal harmonies on top of catchy song structures. The calculated arrangements of the band serve as an emotional reflection of the raw lyrical subjects and visceral imagery. The songs effortlessly traverse between sweet indie-pop hooks to swelling punk crescendos. Growing up in the DIY punk scene with bands like Defiance, Ohio, Latterman, & Ps. Elliott (see: Swearin’ & Waxahatchee), while still listening to the indie-rock cannon, including bands like modest mouse, Sufjan Stevens, The Mountain Goats, Mirah, and Neutral Milk Hotel. Principle songwriter, Oliver Holloway, could never pick a side… so he decided not to. Knuckle Pups sits squarely at the intersection of DIY punk – and indie rock.

This is the first single from Denver Indie-pop band Knuckle Pups’ debut album. Produced by Rich G. at the Ghost House Studio, the song is a mesh of pop production with a banjo hook and lush vocal harmonies. Oliver Holloway’s lyrics evoke strong emotional images, citing Holloway’s struggle to balance his role as a caretaker for his terminally ill sister and his artistic vision. The song is furthered by the incredible music video filmed by Holloway’s former student. At a mere 20 years old, Jamon Tolbert shows incredible promise with his cinematic film-making skills.

I love the how this band have managed to combine different genres and sounds and make it work so well. They have created a catchy song that combines indie pop with a punk twist to the sound, I love the banjo sound they have also put into this song and so does my son, so much so he now wants to learn to play the banjo. This brilliant song has great lyrics and vocal harmonies that really grab your attention, they lyrics really so make you stop and listen and in a way they get you thinking.

It’s not usually the sort of music I’d would listen to but I really enjoyed listening to this single and I look forward to hearing more music from this incredibly talented band in the future.


By Ollie Cooper