How would you describe your upcoming LP “Forever Fight” in three words?
Forever Fight is: alive, honest, and bold.
Why did you choose to record a full fledged LP instead of an EP?
We made the choice to record an LP because we wanted to have the space and time to etch out our sound. Each song was a building process in the studio; searching for how to take the songwriters initial intention and grow beyond it, while not losing integrity. The process created a common language among the band. We took time relating each track back to our vision of the whole record. I think if we were to cut an EP, we would have stunted our growth unintentionally. Forever Fight took over a year to finish - embodying Knightlife’s ‘forever fight.’ In addition we really love albums… whenever on tour or hanging about in West Philly we are only listening to full length records.
Which song on the record do you think defines Knightlife’s sound best as a whole?
Slow Down & Insomnia juxtapose each other in a really important way for the album. Slow Down is full of must and attitude; where Insomnia is full of momentum and emotion. Slow Down has a confident rock tinge to it, featuring a long soaring solo, familiar progressions, and cautionary lyrics. Insomnia is 21st century rock, a lullaby-like melody and small movements of change between chords help to embody a search for creativity. Slow Down is the dark, while Insomnia is the light. So, with that in mind potentially neither best define Knightlife’s sound because they are opposite ends of the spectrum. Night Time Sally is a perfect example of the marriage between the musty and the momentous. The final track to Forever Fight captures the band’s old-classic and new-era influences by stimulating a bouncing, rocking, and theatrical energy. Night Time Sally questions love and romance; while naturally growling and biting.
Will there be any touring to support this release?
Yes we will be touring to support this release. Those details should come out mid-November, hang tight!
How many songs were written for this LP? What was the process like choosing the final tracklist?
The eleven tracks that are on Forever Fight were selected from a larger batch of demos; ranging from around 20-25 songs. Initially the album was to have ten tracks. Overgrown was the last addition to the track-listing - we really had thought the album was finished. Writing an acoustic song was suggested by Aaron to help change the pace of the record. Bruce wrote Overgrown and unexpectedly named the album, being that the final words of Overgrown are ‘forever fight.’ Deciding on songs became evident as the process moved along, we felt like we always had a good pulse on what energy and direction we needed in order to move the album in the best direction. We seriously considered spacing because of our intent to put Forever Fight out on vinyl before the New Year - nothing beats flipping a record.
What do you want people to take away from “Forever Fight”?
We hope Forever Fight serves as creative encouragement for listeners to explore their relationships, mindsets, and burgeroning questions. Among many things Forever Fight confronts conflict, pain, loss, resolve, joy, and love. Through Forever Fight’s confrontation we hope listeners enjoy our personality and relatability. With the same passion I hope people genuinely enjoy Forever Fight’s music. It has an ability to be reserved one section and energetic the next. The music is equal parts emotionally moving and physically moving. We think Forever Fight has multiple tracks that are simply great and want them seen that way.