School Knights | Low Tide
I’ve been enjoying this track, “Low Tide”, from Colorado quartet, School Knights. It has an impressive old-school garage-rock quality to it, with its pretty meandering guitar riffs that often copy the melody of the lead vocals. If you had this single on CD or a 7-inch it would find a nice place right next to a CD from Tokyo Police Club — with School Knights leaning a lot more to the noise-rock side of things. In fact, one of the most interesting things about this band’s music is how easily their songs move from jangly, happy-go-lucky kitsch into full-on thunder and thrash. It’s as if they pull you in with guitar melody, then transition into swirls of music-scapes, and then punch you in the gut with a closing that doesn’t much resemble the first two movements. I first heard “Low Tide” thanks to Bridgetown Records sending me a link to a Spring 2013 mixtape of some of it’s artists. “Low Tide” is actually the third track off School Knights’ 2013 LP release “Lethargy”, which you can stream at bandcamp. There’s a lot to love about it. Standouts include, “Low Tide”, “Chairs Repurposed” (“I know what’s been going ’round and that’s just fine / I don’t want what’s yours, I only want what’s mine”), and “Silicone Drip”. You can also follow the band at facebook. — David D. Robbins Jr.