The Know is an indie band out of Sydney, Australia that has honed a sound that is equal parts glitzy, groove heavy and ’90s hard rock. Very brief at only three tracks, their newest release Afterdark Remarks serves as a good taste test.
Fans of Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age and Audioslave will find that same great mix of atmospheric beats and chilled guitar leads that evolve into anthemic choruses and moody midnight soundtracks that perfectly capture the excited drive out to a hangout and the exhausted ride back home, while lyrics like “chasing cars and running over kids / devils in the yard, pick up your sticks” showcase a dark imagination from an interesting mind.
Those lyrics come from “Clementine” which starts on a dusty bass groove before thrashing guitars carry you to a highly chant-able hook. The economy of songwriting on this one leaves a song that’s lean, fat free and works well to capture the hunger of the young group. An excellent, Zeppelin-esque clean guitar figure swims over a windy atmosphere on closing track “Far Away,” evolving from a single, emotional and wavering vocal into harmonies and then the release of a cathartic, melodic guitar solo and vocals reminiscent of early Pearl Jam, emotional arpeggios cut from the cloth of Radiohead’s “Street Spirit.” This track affected me with its quiet power, and the reverb heavy vocals conjure the image of an astronaut alone; David Bowie or Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce.
I hope to hear more, and my only worry is that these three tracks, all top shelf, are a result of leaving little room for error; quality over quantity, and a longer project might show some holes. But if they can maintain this level of songwriting and production over a longer EP or full length, that will leave enough chewable meat to turn interested new listeners into rabid fans.
With the ever continuing dominance of Australian exports to the international rock scene, The Know has placed themselves within striking distance to be tomorrow’s indie darlings.
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook