Survival Knife: Loose Power

Stop what you’re doing, put down the bong and bottle of cheap tequila. The
debut full-length from the phenomenal Survival Knife requires active listening and engagement. Loose Power is an overwhelmingly beautiful juxtaposition of raw punk energy, prog-intellectualism and classic rock.

The recording feels most engaging during its extreme subtle moments and epic, brutal attacks. “Cut the Quick” chugs along fiercely until concluding with a two minute, graceful acoustic coda. “Roman Fever’s” outro is so heavy at times it feel like stoner metal. First single “Fell Runner” is without a doubt the most instantly accessible with an

infectious vocal on the chorus.

While comparisons to guitarists Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno’s influential ‘90s band Unwound are inevitable, Loose Power feels fresh, like welcoming home a dear friend after an extended period in rehab. There’s a new-found sense of accessibility embedded in Trosper’s previous abrasive approach.

It’s not necessarily attractive, but also not butt-ugly.

Rating: 10 out of 12 cans of PBR!!!

About Ben Allen

Our music editor Ben Allen was born one stormy evening in a quaint Northern California coastal village. Upon birth he was immediately exposed to the soothing analog sounds of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Captain Beefheart and Santana. As the lad grew, so did his appreciation for an assortment of abrasive hard rock. A pubescent flirtation with butt metal was shattered in the early 1990’s by exposure to Nirvana and other so-called “Alternative” bands. While in college, our protagonist became a DJ on a local station, and began work as a freelance music journalist. During this period he became entranced with artists such as Tortoise, Slint, Modest Mouse, Guided By Voices and Pavement. Currently Allen resides in Arcata, CA where he continues to obsess and salivate over new recordings by his favorite artists. He works with music industry people to ensure that Savage Henry’s contributors receive music and other promotional materials. He also writes a silly monthly list titled “Ben’s 10.”

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