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“IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE 20 YEARS. IT ALL SEEMS LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY”

KNUCKLEDUST are a UKHC institution: since their formation in an east end youth club in the mid-’90s, the London band have been representing the scene and sound they helped to spawn, relentlessly. Earning the rock-solid respect afforded to the group hasn’t come quick or easy, and this year marks two decades of the four original members consistently putting in the kind of hard work necessary to be considered legends of the scene. Tom Barry found out more...

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now; the same four guys playing show after show with no let up. Recording and touring as an underground band is not easy, and keeping the original line-up through thick and thin is almost unheard of. Any tips for younger bands starting out?

You’ve been smashing out shows like this for 20 years

“It doesn’t even seem like 20 years. Lots of old photos have surfaced lately which do make me feel quite old, but in reality it all seems like yesterday. As a unit I guess we never really aimed too high and just tried to enjoy it - I think if you make huge goals for your band you will end up disappointed. This game is full of empty promises: lots of people promise the world and deliver

S hardcore shows go, Knuckledust’s 20th Anniversary set at London’s Pipeline club was perfect. If you could boil hardcore music down to the essentials and throw it straight up on stage, you’d get the passion, power, and resultant tsunami of a crowd we witnessed tonight. Down For Life caught up with KD drummer and UKHC OG, Ray Dust, after the show to talk about the band’s 20th anniversary, their latest album, and the recent Rebellion Tour.

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nothing when it comes to playing big festivals or being on supports for major tours. Theo at GSR Music has put out our records, managed our tour booking, merch, and driving for the last 12-13 years, and if he wasn’t doing that then I doubt we’d be as active as we’ve been. In fact, I’m sure of it. If I could give advice to younger bands it would be just to enjoy it and play music instead of seeking major label deals and trying to get on shitty TV channels like Scuzz and get to know people. Nobody gives a shit about your music as much as you so it’s important that, if you want to play bigger shows, then go meet the people

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