Off The Record – EP FOCUS – Proof Of Concept, Knifes

Have you ever wanted To listen to a new band or musician and not sure where to start? Well, instead of listening to their commercial music, why not start with something off the album first!  Today we look at the new EP by a band that is formed of Linkin Park, Slipknot and Fall Out Boy roadies, Knifes – Proof Of Concept

The Comedown

This is the first track on the EP and it one that really punches you in the face metaphorically with heavy guitar rifts and bold lyrics. It is a just a really good rock song, you wait for the musical interludes so that you can really appreciate the solos and the way that it develops the song and creates a really interesting depth to the track. It is a really fun way to start an EP.


This song has a really great guitar riff throughout that really dominate the song and gives it a fantastic introduction. The verses are sort of like they have a hint of punk rock intertwined to a rock track and it works really well. The chorus is really catchy and you can imagine this being a song that is really great to hear live. The lyrics take you on a narrative journey which is another fun level to the track.

Standard Issue Frustration

If you are a fan of System of A Down then you will enjoy this song as the guitar riffs are heavy, intertwined with unusual quick guitar changes which create this sense of nostalgia of those style of tracks. The lyrics are sung and sort of spoken in a more rustic sound that make it really create a fun angle to the song. The style also makes you listen to the lyrics a lot more and has an essence of punk to it.

Defeated and Humiliated

This song starts with a bold guitar riff that automatically introduces you to the darker sound to this song. The more you listen to this band the more you realise that the lead singer has a voice very similar to the lead singer of Korn. This song follows the style of the previous tracks and focusses on the cleverly constructed musical melodies that wrap tightly around dramatic lyrics.

Wise Up

Wise Up is the last track on the EP and has a more mellow sound to the track that has a feeling of The Cure to it. The song opens up with this guitar acoustic style melody then it kicks into a heavier guitar riff that is intertwined throughout out to the heavier chorus.

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