INTERVIEW: Hot Knife

Hot Knife is a high-energy punk rock band from Brooklyn. Currently, they’re gearing up for the release of their new EP, Dread, next month via Black Numbers. A pop-punk album for and by adults, Dread was produced by Jesse Cannon (The Mezingers, Misfits, Saves The Day, Dillinger Escape Plan) and engineered by Brian DiMeglio at Found Soundation Studios in in Fort Greene. It was mixed and mastered by Jason Livermore (Bouncing Souls, Descendents, Teenage Bottlerocket) at The Blasting Room. Check out their interview below and keep an eye out for their next single “TOP 10 HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE”, coming to your ears very soon.

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’re hanging in there, thanks. I (Luke Taylor – vocals/guitar) am at home in NJ with my wife and daughter. Ryan is in New Mexico eating chiles. Vic is in Queens with his dog. Matt is in Brooklyn with his lovely wife and dog. We’re all just waiting around until we’re allowed to make some noise again.

Can you talk to us more about your upcoming single “TOP 10 HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE”?

Sure. It’s the single from our new EP Dread which is coming out in April on Black Numbers. It’s a pop song, but a dark one. The title is a reference to obnoxious clickbait articles that prey on insecurities and general feelings of inadequacy. If you’ve ever had a moment of existential clarity while at your day job, when you’re suddenly seeing everything for what it is – a weird, massive role playing game – this one is for you.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

No, not really one event. I think the theme is pretty relatable and I liked the idea of a bright, catchy song with angry, sarcastic lyrics.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes. As soon as we’re allowed out of our homes. Stay tuned.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was great. Some songs take forever to be worked out, but I think this one came together really quickly. Recording it was fun. We always have a blast at Found Soundation Studios.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yes. It’s done! It’s a new EP called Dread and it will be out on 4/20. There’s going to be a European release too, on Gunnar Records. We can’t wait for it to be out in the world, and to get ourselves out in the world to promote it.

What was it like to work with Jesse Cannon and Brian DiMeglio and how did that relationship develop?

It was great working with Jesse and Brian DiMeglio (the fantastic Engineer @ Found Soundation Studios). Both of them understand what we’re going for. They spent time with the demos, brought great ideas to the table, and pushed us where we needed it. Plenty of good takeout recommendations, however, Jesse knows nothing about Mexican food. And they can deal with our fuckery.

How much did he get to influence the EP?

Both Jesse and Brian influenced the EP a lot. They were comfortable proposing new ideas and we were very receptive. We took more time in the studio compared to our last EP (My Fangs) and that allowed us to focus more on tones, layers, lead parts, that kind of stuff. We ended up with a very full-sounding punk record. We also had it mixed & mastered by the one-and-only Jason Livermore who really took it to another level.

What role does Brooklyn play in your music?

All of our music is written and recorded in Brooklyn, and we’ve played countless shows all over Brooklyn as well. So the music is definitely from Brooklyn. Can you hear that? I don’t know, you tell me.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah, once we all have the green light to congregate in venues again. One thing I will say about this goddamn coronavirus – I will never again take for granted the experience of playing/watching live music while shoulder-to-shoulder with other happy people. Whether I’m playing with Hot Knife or watching another band or artist. I can’t wait to have that experience again. We’re going to take the fucking roof off.

What else is happening next in Hot Knife’s world?

More shows. We want as many people as possible to hear Dread. We want to continue to improve as a band and as songwriters. We want to bring a live show that people will remember.

Keep up with Hot Knife, here:

https://www.facebook.com/hotknifebk/

https://www.instagram.com/hotknife/

https://www.hotknifebk.bandcamp.com/releases

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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