Knuckle Puck is, all things considered, a fairly new pop punk band. They started in 2010, and are based out of Chicago, Illinois. They actually originally began as a cover band, and got their name from a Stick To Your Guns t-shirt that said "Knuckle Puck Crew." The term 'knuckle puck' was also popularized from the 1994 movie, D2: The Mighty Ducks.
It wasn't until April 2011 that they began writing their own music, and soon after they played their first show ever. Then on Halloween 2011, they released a self titled EP, which did not reach any charts. They actually didn't reach charts until the release of their fifth EP, While I stay Secluded in October 2014.
In between October 2011 and October 2014, they released an Acoustics EP, their Don't Come Home EP, The Weight That You Buried EP, and a split EP with Neck Deep. They also got to tour with Seaway in 2013, do a tour along side Neck Deep and Light Years, and support Man Overboard on their Heart Attack tour.
Now we're somewhat caught up. In June 2014, the band released a music video for, "No Good." The song is actually on their 2013 EP, The Weight That You Buried, but right around the same time the video was released they announced that they were recording. Then in early July, they completed their next release, before going out on tour with Senses Fail to celebrate their 10 Year Anniversary of Let It Enfold You.
Then in September, they released a 7'' flexi that had songs, "Oak Street" and "Home Alone." "Home Alone " was originally going to be released on their next EP, but they decided to do it then.
They wasted no time, because then in October, the single for the new release came out. The song was called, "Bedford Falls", and they posted it online so fans could stream it. That was on October 16, and then While I Stay Secluded was released on October 28, 2014. It actually reached number 5 on the US Heat Seekers charts. This was the band's first chart rating, so that's extremely exciting!
After the release, guitarist Kevin Maida said they felt confident that this was their best work to date, and they soon released a video for "Oak Street." Then in November in December, they toured with Modern Baseball.
They also got to be included on the Fearless Record's classic that everyone looks forward to, Pop Goes Punk. The 2014 edition was the sixth one and Knuckle Puck was doing a cover of The 1975's song, "Chocolate."
They closed out 2014 by signing with Rise Records and announcing that they were planning on releasing their first full length album in 2015.
2015 started off very strong for them, and stayed very strong. They were out on tour with Neck Deep, and announced that the recording had begun for the new album in February 2015. By the beginning of April, they had completed the recording, and they joined The Maine on their American Candy Spring tour. That lasted through May, and they finally were able to announce that the album would be called Copacetic on June 11, and included the artwork and track listing.
Just a week later, they released a music video for the first time, "Disdain", and then on June 30, they released, "True Contrite" for streaming. They also got to play on the 2015 Vans Warped tour. While they were on Warped tour actually, they not only released another song, "Pretense" for streaming, but the album itself actually came out.
Copacetic came out on July 31, and it sold over 8,000 copies in the first week alone. It came in at 61 on the billboard 200, and broke the top ten in several other US Billboard charts. Those charts were the Alternative Albums, Hard Rock Albums, Independent Albums, Top Internet Albums and Top Rock Albums. It also broke the top 50 in the UK Independent Albums and Rock & Metal albums.
So clearly, the album did extremely well, and to celebrate this, Knuckle Puck joined State Champs on their European tour in September and October. From there, they went back to the US to tour with Seaway, Head North, and Sorority Noise. They then got to relax for the rest of the year, before going back on tour with Neck Deep and State Champs in February and March of this year. They were supporting the two bands as they co-headlined the tour.
Which brings us to today. Knuckle Puck is back on Warped tour this year, and will be until the conclusion of the tour, which is on August 13. As it currently stands that's all they have announced until December when they head on over to Europe to perform in many different locations. Those locations include France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK. Chances are more tour dates will come up, but for now, that's what's going on.
For more information on Warped tour, please head on over to the official Vans Warped tour website, and head on over to Knuckle Puck's website to see a full list of the European tour dates. While you're there, you can also check out all of their merch, because they have a lot of very fun, summery items right now.
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