Thursday night isn’t a night you would typically expect it to get loud in a small hotel bar, but I don’t think you could listen to a band like The Knotties without the volume up.
With music kicking off at eight p.m., the night started out a little on the quieter side while the crowd settled in. However, you don’t get much time to warm up with this crew, as they don’t necessarily play anything mild. There was never a song with a death metal tempo, but nothing was ever played half heartedly. Having a bluesy rock style mimicking that of the 70’s and 80’s, the mentality is that it’s meant to be played loud, and that they did. The small weekday crowd was completely engrossed in the music. As I scanned the room, there weren’t too many tables that didn’t have their chairs turned to enjoy the show and each song ended with a room full of applause. They had everyone mesmerized with what someone in attendance called “face melting rock and roll”.
I had never experienced The Knotties before, so I wouldn’t have known an old track from the new, but they introduced a few of what they called ‘very new’ songs. Being essentially played as a four minute jam session for us all to enjoy, one in particular didn’t have lyrics as of that night, yet it was honestly one of the best of the set. It's always something unique to witness a band share something as sacred to them as new material, and especially unfinished new material. Its like an exclusive viewing to a movie before all of the special effects have been added in.
We have had some great shows lately in Fargo; I feel like I have been giving nothing but good reports. I have to say though, these guys have topped them all in regards to local acts. To put it into perspective, it's as if the last couple of shows have been the openers and this was finally the headliner. Absolutely no disregard to the immense amount of talent from everyone else, but there is an extra special quality to The Knotties. They are polished, they are completely in sync with one another, they have a great stage persona and a killer retro sound. When it all comes together in a performance it is evident that they are a band assembled to be rockstars.
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