KNOWSO: Specialtronics Green Vision: LP

Sep 29, 2020

I am at the point now where I don’t even need to bother pre-listening to anything coming out on Drunken Sailor. I have yet to pick up anything that label has released that isn’t pure gold. Cleveland’s Knowso can be added to that stellar list. Seriously angular, bass-heavy tunes that are unable to escape comparison to the likes of Nomeansno, The (Minneapolis) Uranium Club, and fellow Buckeye State denizens Devo. I can’t think of a better group of bands to be associated with. Initially it is not an easy listen. It kind of shocks your ears to attention to start but then the off-kilter catchiness takes over and the next thing you know, you have listened though it four times and your neck is out from whipping your head back and forth professing allegiance to the sci-fi concepts that are the glue that binds it all together. Bow down before your digital god. An honest question: Why do so many beautifully weird bands come out of Ohio? –Ty Stranglehold (Drunken Sailor, drunkensailorrecords.co.uk)

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