Two Knights, the duo of Parker Lawson and Miles DeBruin, are the epitome of a duo that knows how to fucking go. Find me a stronger two piece that plays this kind of music. Effing is the kind of record that will get pigeonholed as an emo record, but that only accounts for a small portion of what it is. It is an energetic, mathy, punk rock record that knows how to get the point.
The songs on Effing are all pretty short. Save the closer, “Lex Loser,” all these song barely break the two minute mark. Even that song is just shy of 03:21. It’s remarkable because these aren’t simple, punk rock riffs. “Stoned Legends Of The Hidden Temple” and “Lex Loser” are pretty aggressive in the guitar department. A bunch of nerds would be yelling about “twinkling” if they were slower. “I Ate an Entire Pizza During One Episode of The West Wing” is on the other end. It’s way more straight forward, A to B type song.
Two Knights have basically nailed the gimmick. They are a great blend of indie, emo, math rock, and punk. Two Knights are the kind of band that knows exactly what they want to do, and they know exactly how to do it.
I was reading up on this band before going into this review. I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news. We may never escape the “twinkle daddies” joke. That phrase has officially become part of the vernacular. It’s true, it’s true. And Sup, Muscles? is definitely that kind of band. They are definitely getting good mileage out of the mathy/twinkly guitars. They took the gimmick and ran with it. They are, luckily, very good at it. It works.
More Feelings is a record that is really in the same lineage as bands like Cap’n Jazz and Algernon Cadwallader. The song structures are very loose. There is almost a disjointed feeling to some of them. Think an emo US Maple. It really shouldn’t work, but Sup, Muscles? makes it work.
My favorite part of this EP has to be the dual vocals of Molly Spear and Jacob Campbell. Their interplay adds a great cohesion to the record. It’s a cohesion that is really needed. Things are all over the place musically, so it’s good to have a structure. This works especially well on songs like “I’m Resilient” and “Something About Ghost.”
This is a record that may not be for everyone though. It’s a good record, and the band is very skilled. It does suffer from the disjointed sound and lack of focus. I don’t know, give it a shot though.
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