The Tower

The Knutz

Based on the Tarot, the album discloses the story of a vicious cycle that begins with the representation of the greater arcane, the Tower, the imminence of its destruction and fall.

"Like crooked angels Whispering again The mockery ballad Only shadows remains "-" The Mockery Ballad ", The Knutz

Twisted angels whispering once more amidst the shadows: this is a good metaphor for the eternal return of post-punk, which rose from the self-destructive ashes of original punk and lifted much bolder flights than its predecessor. This army of crooked angels - the gothic, the synthpop, the cold wave - takes off again in the shadows that dominate The Tower, The Knutz's third studio album. In reworking with conviction the most characteristic elements of post-punk aesthetics in 11 songs sung in English, the trio (based in Niterói, RJ) surpasses the geographical and temporal limitations. It may have been recorded in 2018 in Brazil, but it is fittingly aligned with the sounds that served as reference to the band, released in Europe and the US 30, 35 years ago.

Daniel Abud (guitar, keyboards and voice), Tiago Abud (bass) and Airton Silva (drums) are not newcomers. Since 2004, they have pursued a sound that is reportedly influenced by names such as The Cure, Bauhaus and David Bowie. The loyalty to these icons has always guided The Knutz's music, despite changes in training and wandering around Europe (excursions in England in 2010 and Germany in 2016). Confirming the universality of post-punk language, they were noted by international critics with their first two albums, Ghost Dance Party (2010) and We Are the Monsters (2015). The Tower, produced by Bruno Marcus (Tomba Orquestra, Gilber T), is the natural continuation of a trajectory that only seems fixed in the past - but that actually transcends the clichés that could be expected from a work with such a definite personality. As Daniel sings in "Thank the Moon": "The night has more colors than the day". There are unexpected and original colors on The Knutz's dark night.

The title is a reference to the concept that ties the songs of the disc, derived from the tarot: the tower is the greater arcane, and the letters narrate its imminent fall, the drastic changes brought by the collapse and the beginning of the reconstruction of the tower, doomed to collapse once again. For the band, it is a metaphor for the state of voluntary blindness in which mankind lies, embedded in a seemingly indestructible tower. Everything comes down shortly at the opening, with the title track ("Fake structures withstand no more / Nothing is safe as we thought"). The distressing narrative drawn by the lyrics goes through the alienation ("Nobody knows what is wrong / But they laugh and laugh upon", in "The Fool"), the feeling of misfit in society / To deconstruct me, "in" It Hurts ") and terminal loneliness (" The cave frozen my heart "in" The Cave "). Finally, in "About to Fall", we confront the inevitability of another fall ("Don't matter what we've done / In the end we're about to fail") ... and the resumption of the morbid cycle.

"The Tower" is the darkest moment of the album, which continues alternating climates and timbres without deviating from the fundamental elements of post-punk. Striking bass lines lead "The Fool," "The Mockery Ballad," "Do Not Judge" that counts with the DJ, singer and burlesque performer Ludmila Houben, and "Hex," complemented by sparse and atmospheric synthesizers. Already in "It Hurts", "Thank the Moon" and "About to Fall" guitars take center stage. "The Hand that Takes" evokes a surprising flavor of dub reggae, another ingredient typical of the post-punk salad. And with "The Woman with the Coffin Case," they contrast the more gothic of the lyrics ("She is cold as a corpse, but a beautiful grace") with a shameless beat of soar dancing and the crucial participation of the vocalist Luciana Lazulli, who still scores on three other tracks on the album.

The Tower, the album, can be regarded as a reverent and careful review of the original post-punk lessons. You can also position The Knutz in the pantheon of recent bands that are also inspired by the giants of the past - She Wants Revenge, Interpol, The Editors. Or it can be seen only for what it really is: a work that will take the trio to flights ever higher, on the wings of crooked angels, always in the midst of the shadows.

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We Are the Monsters

The Knutz

We got the horror, we got the bones, don't turn off the lights!

At this time, it’s possible to notice psychobilly influences like on the title song, where alternative worlds are ironically explored again on an attempt to understand the nature of the band members’ ghoulish souls. Following the same music line, there’s the funny ‘BBBatz’, an innocent joke that doesn’t leave anybody’s head easily. On the other hand, visions of destruction and disorder are compiled on the epic ‘Where the souls dance free’, a progressive deathrock with that sarcastic aura of the prominent ‘Ghost Dance Party’ song. Back to our current reality, political lyrics discuss society corruption on the powerful somber post-punk ‘Right or Wrong’. Moreover, electronic synths and a distorted psychedelic bass drive the insane ‘Living in a Nightmare’, proving once again the group is not afraid of trying new ways to expose their disturbed thoughts. In addition, the gloom duet on ‘Lady Shadow’ shows the band maturity, while describing a fictitious attractive character as a way to suggest how evil seduces the mankind. After all, this album, through 12 spooktacular songs, demonstrates to any rock fan that there’s still too much to be created in this new dark music age.

“Great psychobilly spooky vocals from Daniel, tight drums and bass pound against frenzied ghoulish guitars and epic spooky synths. Love it! Destined to be a classic!"

-Dj De’Ath Black Veiled Gothic (2015)

"Obviously highly deserving of being seen as leading lights in the South American dark scene The Knutz have a wide sound umbrella which should provide shade for the ears of anyone with noir sensibilities worldwide. [...] An unusual band, throwing deliciously demented surprises in your face."

-Mercer, Mick.

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Ghost Dance Party

The Knutz

The Knutz’s first album, Ghost Dance Party, as its title suggests, creates a phantasmagoric environment, but relaxed at the same time, based on the mix of electronic sounds and distorted guitars. There are 11 tracks from ballads to dancing ones

THE KNUTZ – April 2011

Daniel Abud (vocals/guitar), Tiago Abud (bass) and Airton Silva (drums) joined their musical influences together, based on artists such as David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Bauhaus, U2 and The Cure to create The Knutz’s sound in 2005. With own compositions, the group arranged its first demo CD in the following year. From its 17 recorded tracks, 5 have been rewritten to the band debut disk, ‘Ghost dance Party’, which was released along with European performances in November of 2010 – highlights for the ‘Spider’s Web Festival’ in UK.

In the last five years, the band has performed over the state of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo. They played at Grito Rock 2008, in Cine Lapa, Rio de Janeiro; took part in the WoodGothic Festival, São Tomé das Letras (MG); and opened the Italian Gothic band Théatrê Dês Vampires concert at Tribe House, São Paulo.

Already known by their energetic performances and dark aesthetic, The Knutz participate in the International Gothic scene and their profile on www.myspace.com/theknutz has about 100 thousand views and 40 thousand fans.

The independent band’s first album, Ghost Dance Party, as its title suggests, creates a phantasmagoric environment, but relaxed at the same time, based on the mix of electronic sounds and distorted guitars. There are 11 tracks from ballads to dancing ones, passing through the alternative rock.

Recorded at Tomba Records and mastered by Ricardo Garcia at Magic Master (which works with great Brazilian names like Barão Vermelho, Titãs, Caetano Veloso, Lulu Santos, and other), the disk is focused on the international media, which is more open to the group nowadays.

Meanwhile, the band has taken part in many projects such as the Russian ‘Grave Jibes Fanzine’, the English ‘Spider’s Web Zine’, the Brazilian magazine ‘Dynamite’, the Greek ‘Athens International radio 104.4 FM’, and even got a quotation on the popular website Wikipedia (pt.wikipedia.org). Besides, its demo disk was reviewed by the English writer Mick Mercer and included on his book ‘Music To Die For’.

The four Ghost Dance Party singles’ videos are available in The Knutz’s official website: ‘The Hanging Man’, ‘Where are you now?’, ‘Just Be You’ and ‘Ghost Dance Party’ – the theme song also appears in the German ‘The Smoke and Spotlight Compilation Vol.4’ and ‘Crawling Tunes Magazine’.

The Knutz start 2011 full of expectations, new songs and the new member Ronaldo César on the keyboards.

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