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Nocturnal Habits marks a return for influential guitarist / vocalist Justin Trosper. His work in the seminal post hardcore band Unwound and more recently the angular rock of Survival Knife are evident in the overall sound of ‘New Skin For Old Children’ his debut album for Glacial Pace.

There is a new tone, however, focused more sharply on the songwriting and production. The angles have been softened to create crushing, blunt force blows rather than sharp cuts.

Recorded throughout the world from Italy to Los Angeles and the backwoods of the Northwest, ‘New Skin For Old Children’ reunites Trosper with Sara Lund, his Unwound collaborator and so called ‘secret weapon’, as well as Dale Crover (Melvins), Sherry Fraser, and Scott Seckington (Two Ton Boa).

TRACK LISTING

Echophilia
Good Grief
Back To Snowdonia
The Staircase
Wall Of Early Morning Light
Sketchbook For The
Living
New Skin
Ice Island
Dog Meets Wolf

When Unwound broke up in 2002, the pioneering post rock band left a hole in the musical firmament that dozens of acts have been trying and failing to patch up in the years since. Try as they might, they could never quite reach the perfect balance of tension and release, spiny and smooth that made the Olympia-based trio’s work so damn powerful.

Bringing together two ex-Unwound bandmates Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno, Survival Knife is another bracing and energetic shot to the dome by these singular songwriters and one that they are eager to embrace.

Getting to this point, however, took some doing. Unlike all of his former musical brethren, singer / guitarist Trosper didn’t have any interest in music after Unwound split. Instead, he moved to Los Angeles for a stretch, going to school and helping other bands with recording projects. After returning to his hometown of Olympia, the itch to take up his guitar against the world returned and, with the help of longtime musical companion Sandeno and his friends Kris Cunningham (drums) and Meg Cunningham (bass), Survival Knife was born.

The first major statement to arrive from Survival Knife is ‘Loose Power’, the band’s debut full length, released on Glacial Pace Recordings. Recorded with Stuart Hallerman (Soundgarden, Earth) and Matt Buscher, the album ably weds the riffage of classic rock outfits like Blue Oyster Cult and Led Zeppelin with the feverish angular pulse of contemporaries such as Fugazi and Blonde Redhead.

The quartet have already garnered a great deal of attention. The West Coast has already had a taste of what Survival Knife has to offer thanks to plenty of NW dates and a tour the band did last year with Modest Mouse. And the world has been wellprimed thanks to the band’s 7” releases on Sub Pop and Kill Rock Stars. Once ‘Loose Power’ is in the world, there will be little hope of holding back and soon we’ll all be following Survival Knife into the abyss.


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