Tuesday, June 07, 2011

31Knots - "Trump Harm"

Today marks the release of Trump Harm, the seventh album from 31Knots. The Portland band consistently churns out incredibly artistic punk rock that continues to defy classification. The new album was recorded during frontman Joe Haege’s time off from touring with fellow Portland band Menomena, as he became a member early last year and while writing his first solo album, the beat-heavy and synth-driven Chroma Key, under the moniker Vin Blanc, which was also released today in conjunction with Trump Harm on Polyvinyl Records.

“Onanist’s Vacation” opens the album with tumbling drums and bass before Joe comes in with a carnival-barker’s enthusiasm as the track takes on Afro-pop melodies. First single, “Candles On Open Water” is upbeat with a steady, walking bass line and a glassy atmosphere. “Middle Ages” hearkens back to their prog-y earlier material with winding guitars and mesmerizing vocal harmonies. “Egg On My Face” features glitchy and distorted electronics, adding yet another layer to their inventive arrangements. The off-kilter rhythm and extended quasi-bluesy guitar solo of standout track “A Lot Can Tell” is a perfect example of what sets the band apart. The album closes with “One Tongue Room (Come To My Senses)” with a bobbing vocal cadence set to a driving guitar and organ riff.

With Trump Harm, 31Knots proves once again that their anything goes mentality and creativity keeps them one step ahead of everyone else.

Download "Candles On Open Water" here: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/drop/31Knots-Candles_on_Open_Water.mp3

Download "Red Thread" the piano-led first single from Chroma Key by Vin Blanc, the debut solo album from Joe Haege, here: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/drop/Vin_Blanc-Red%20_Thread.mp3

For more info click here: www.polyvinylrecords.com and www.myspace.com/31knots


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