The lights began to dim and the room dissolved to screams, the audience quickly forgetting the hours of waiting in the frigid Chicago air as band, Knuckle Puck took the stage for the ‘Real Friends’ Holiday gig. Kevin Maida, lead guitarist of the band, recalls the moment, saying “We played the holiday show last December at this venue at home called The Metro and that was a pretty big deal to us, mainly because it was a sold out show and we all grew up going to shows there, so that was very cool for us as a band.”
“We don’t intend on giving up this dream of ours in the near future.” Growing up in Chicago, the guys had always had an interest in music and soon found each other because of that. Maida says, “We all knew each other from either going to school with each other or just from seeing each other at local shows and what not. We started jamming together when we weren’t busy with school or full-time jobs and we all really clicked with each other. Eventually, we had the opportunity to pursue the band full time with touring and it just made sense to all of us.” Since then, Knuckle Puck has been on the fast track to success. For one, they had the incredible opportunity to tour with The Maine– an experience that was both exciting and educational. “We learned so much from that band,” Maida explains. “The way The Maine operates cohesively as a band is truly incredible to us and we can only hope to be like that one day.
They’re a band that truly cares about their fans to the fullest extent and give their own performances everything they have every single night. It’s incredible to recognize the bands longevity as well. It makes me content to know that people still care about that band and still continue to support them over all these years.” As full-time musicians it’s obvious that individually the boys are fans of music themselves. Maida credits bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182, ‘early’ Fall Out Boy, and The Starting Line as personal inspirations and thinks that you can hear that in the band’s personal sound. “With our own music, we usually start with the music first and progress off of that with little details and lyrics. As far as messages go, we don’t go into a writing process with a specific mindset like ‘Okay, this is what the lyrics should be about this time.’ Although, our first full length, Copacetic is now available, it has a bit more of a positive note than some of our releases in the past.” With some of those new songs the band have plans in the next year to tour not just nationally on Warped Tour, but all over the UK and Europe as well. Eagerly, Maida says, “I cannot wait to see Germany, Ireland and France. We've never played there before, let alone individually been to those places before, so that will be very exciting! It's simply amazing to me that you can meet so many new people all because of music and touring.” While the rest of 2015 already seems jam-packed with exciting opportunities, Maida admits that they are thinking much farther ahead. “In five years, we hope to still be playing shows and writing music,” he says.
On the cover, LAURDIY // Featuring: Aidan Alexander, Emily Mitchell, Knuckle Puck, The Messy Heads and loads more.