Knuckle Puck - Shapeshifter (Rise Records) 2017
Knuckle Puck’s sophomore album, Shapeshifter, is a game changer for the genre, not only because it’s a rollercoaster of late 90’s and early 2000’s emo nostalgia, but also a logical progression of the band’s modern pop-punk approach. Shapeshifter is more dynamic than Copacetic, but what’s really impressive about it is the way the whole album goes straight to the point, it’s more punk rock. There’s this sense of urgency and rawness, but also a different take on the band’s emotive display and there’s a bit more introspection and consciousness through the whole album. More confident, tighter and stronger, with Shapeshifter Knuckle Puck show us that adulthood is here to stay, to shape your very own identity and struggles. Well done guys!