New Music Tuesday 15 - Two Knights
Posted by Alex Bohea on December 10, 2013
A weekly feature here at The Great Divide Blog is our New Music Tuesday; introducing you to an artist or band you may not have heard of. We can’t guarantee that you won’t have heard of them, but if that’s the case, it might give you a little reminder to revisit them sometime soon.
Two Knights are a band on one of my favourite record labels, Count Your Lucky Stars. CYLS plays host to a whole number of bands in the emo/indie/twinkly scene that are widely regarded as the best around, including Hightide Hotel, Into It Over It and Football, Etc. Two Knights are new to the label and a fairly youthful band having only been around for the past few years. This year presented the release of their seven track 10” entitled ‘A Lot of Bad Things Have Happened, but We’re Still Here’ which saw the band find a focused sound to a very positive reception. Self-monikered ‘crybabies from Texas’, they sound like a mixture of all your favourite CYLS with a bit of mathy punk thrown in for good measure which is sure to please any fan of that style.
We caught up with Parker from the two-piece, currently about to record their first full length entitled ‘Shut Up’, and found out about working with Count Your Lucky Stars, the new record and what Parker recommends we listen to. Check out the interview below.
TGD: Hi, can you introduce yourself and give us a little history of the band?
Parker: My name is Parker. We've been a band since the end of 2009. We really sucked then and we still do now.
TGD: So how did the name ‘Two Knights’ come about?
P: I don't actually remember, it was something dumb we came up with in high school and our friend Donovan just started yelling it like they yell Steve Holt's name in arrested development, and then it sort of became this joke in our friend group and we just never changed it.
TGD: In only a few weeks you’ll be recording your new record ‘Shut Up’. How excited are you to get this out into the world and what can we expect from it?
P: I'm not sure when it will be released, but we are incredibly excited to record and eventually release it. We've never done a full length or anything with this many songs. We're stoked.
TGD: The record will be coming out on Count Your Lucky Stars, which is a label with an amazingly good roster and alumni. How did you guys end up being involved with them?
P: We were lucky enough to get to play with Keith from CYLS' band Empire! Empire! in 2010 when they were on tour with Mountains for Clouds at this old DIY space we had in our hometown, Arlington, Texas. We've been good friends with them since then and one day Keith called me asking if we'd want to be on a 4 way split that CYLS was putting out and we of course were super down and honoured to be on that. Then, we recorded ‘A lot of Bad Things…’ and for some reason Keith wanted to put that out as well, which we are eternally grateful for.
TGD: The reaction to ‘A Lot of Bad Things Have Happened, but We’re Still Here’ was very complementary. Did you expect to have a response like that?
P: Not at all, we were super humbled to hear the nice things people have said about it.
TGD: The two-piece is becoming an increasingly popular line-up in the punk and emo scenes. What are the pros and cons of working with only one other person?
P: We love being a two-piece. Miles and I have been best friends since 8th grade and it's just incredibly easy and fun to play and tour together. I don't think we've run into many cons.
TGD: What have you been listening to recently? Is there anything you can recommend for us?
P: There have been so many rad things that have come out this year. I personally have been listening to The Reptilians' Full Health and Low Health, which are both outstanding. Kilgore Trout's Immemorial is incredible as well. Frameworks song on that 4 way split they just put out is also the best and I can't stop listening to it.
TGD: If you could pick any one item from the Great Divide to covet, what would you pick?
P: Probably that Soulland Babar sweater.
TGD: Any final words?
P: Help your friends.