How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?
K.N.O.T.S. came together when myself and Ciaran left an old band and decided to continue making music. Rob heard we were looking for a drummer and he instantly gelled with us. We had the mind-frame of ”can we go on tour and be on a tour bus with this guy for weeks on end?” Turns out we could, and from them on, we started to write!
The band name means something to us, and when we abbreviated it, it came out with word KNOTS, so people call us that! What it means exactly? Well you’ll have to wait and see!
How would you describe your music?
When we are cornered into a genre, we normally say alt. rock, but we just make music that sounds fun to us to play. We’ve had a spectrum of comparisons from U2 to Smashing Pumpkins to Jeff Buckley. We don’t use much in the way of loops or synth, just the format of guitar, vox, bass and drums! Rock, but we don’t kid ourselves that we are the hardest rock band on the planet!
We’ve had a lot of reviews recently of our lives shows, which really highlights how much heavier and more visceral live than on CD, which is what we believe it should be like, rather than sounding exactly like the CD live.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
We have been very busy as of late, we are gigging constantly trying to hone our craft and let the people hear what we have to say. We had a few big festivals like Indiependence with Feeder and hopefully we’ll be at Electric Picnic too, fingers crossed! One thing that has started to happen as of late is bands are banding together to form a community and gig together. Similar to the grunge movement of the late 80′s early 90′s. We play with some incredible bands consistently now like The Radioactive Grandma, The Jigsaw Murders, Medz, The Bambir to name a few. We have all become a sort of family and we all grow together. There are no egos or trying to get one up on anyone. We all love music and play it so. We are like a growing team of odd balls that doesn’t seem to fit into the regular clicks around the country.
We released our debut E.P for free download at www.knotsmusic.bandcamp.com and released the video for the lead single Feel the Change . We have had a lot of really positive reviews from the E.P which keep us striving.
We recently signed with Chewyourownfat Records with The Radioactive Grandma and we will be releasing a split E.P with them early 2013. That will probably lead to a co headline tour then around the country. They are easily the most fun band to hang out with and if you haven’t seen them live, you need to asap, as they bring the house down every time!
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
Well, I read a previous interview on your site and Johno from The Radioactive Grandma beat me too it, as we would have said Devin Townsend! The guy is a genius, but we’ll choose someone else. I would have to say Daniel Johns from Silverchair. The guy has the most amazing ear and has composed some of the most beautiful pieces of music i’ve ever heard. The albums Neon Ballroom and Diorama are masterpieces, then to change music style completely from grunge to chamber pop with the album Young Modern is really showing class. I think that it is a very underrated album.
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
One album…..Achtung Baby by U2. It does it for me, simple!
(answers by Botham)