Welcome to Emerging Artists Spotlight, a Billboard series where we highlight a musician who has recently made his or her debut on the Emerging Artists chart. Whether they are new to the industry, or have been around for a while but are just starting to have a chart impact, the intention is to showcase where they are here and now. This week’s pick is five-piece hardcore band Knocked Loose, who debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated Sept. 7 thanks to the release of their sophomore LP, A Different Shade of Blue.
Knocked Loose is ready to grab listeners by the throat and refuse to loosen its grip.
Hailing from Oldham County, Ky., the quintet — made up of Bryan Garris, Isaac Hale, Cole Crutchfield, Kevin Otten and Kevin “PacSun” Kaine — debuts at the top of the Emerging Artists chart with the release of their sophomore album, A Different Shade of Blue. The new LP made a splash with 17,000 equivalent album units in its first week, rocketing the band to No. 26 on the Billboard 200, as well as a No. 2 entry on both the Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts.
The new album is sonically explorative, examining new musical territory while staying rooted in the traditions of hardcore and punk music. This diverse approach is fueled by the band’s formative days cutting their teeth in the punk scene of Louisville, and requires creative input from every member.
“It’s the combination of the five of us,” lead guitarist Isaac Hale tells Billboard. “It wouldn’t be the same without one of us. It’s the influence from everyone that makes a Knocked Loose record. We write the heavy music that we want to hear.”
Now that the band has graduated from being labeled one to watch in the genre — thanks in large part to its 2016 debut album Laugh Tracks — its members are still reeling from the positive response their follow-up has generated.
“The reception of the new record has been absolutely incredible," Hale adds. “It’s honestly blown me away. I’m so thankful for anyone who’s given us a shot and I hope we delivered something everyone enjoys.”
Learn more about Knocked Loose below.
Members: Bryan Garris (lead vocals), Isaac Hale (lead guitar, backing vocals), Cole Crutchfield (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Kevin Otten (bass), Kevin “PacSun” Kaine (drums)
Recommended Knocked Loose song: “Trapped In The Grasp Of A Memory”
What they're up to when they're not on stage: “If I’m not making music while I’m at home, then I’m going crazy while not doing it,” Hale says. “I try to be productive with music as much as possible while I’m at home. Constantly writing. Going to shows. Listening. I have a couple bands and projects that I write and play for with friends. Literally everything I do revolves around it, and I couldn’t be happier that that’s the case. I hope that’s how it always is.”
What’s next: “Knocked Loose has always taken things in stride. Just trying to take the next logical step towards something new. We will continue to run things that way. There’s still places we haven’t played. Bands we haven’t played with. Things we haven’t seen…my goal is just to take the new songs and play them all over the world to as many people as possible."