Thursday, April 30th 2009
News: The Bronx
A few days ago we posted a kick-ass fan-made video for Past Lives by The Bronx, which the band dug so much that they helped with a final edit. Well they’re back again, this time with a piece they put together on their own for Knifeman. It’s the lead single and first track on their latest release, Bronx III, which I’m pretty sure we’ve already told you kicks the mightiest of ass.
Singer Matt Caughthran and guitarist Joby Ford, who we had the pleasure of interviewing last June, broke down where the song came from and who it’s about in a recent Antimusic interview:
Matt Caughthran: This is the first song on the new record and currently my favorite song to play live. Knifeman‘s title is a tribute to a neighbor I had growing up in Pico Rivera, CA. He would wash his driveway down with gasoline and chop down his hedges with a machete every other week. My father called him knifeman. He committed suicide at a church down the street after a police standoff. His spirit lives on in knifeman’s lyrics. This song is about being born outta place. Trying to keep sanity in an insane world.
Joby Ford: The opening riff for Knifeman I had floating around forever. I really liked the repetitive-ness of it. And F# is my favorite key. I had written about 3 different version of the tune that never seemed to work as the song progressed. I had been trying to finish the song since Bronx (II) in the studio. It never happened. Matt and I sat down one day and decided we were going to finish it. I spent all day writing different parts and finally found parts that seemed to complete the song. Jorma Vik’s monster beat made it all come together. I like this song the most on our new record because it always feels like I am playing the drums on guitar, and Jorma is playing the leads on drums. Juxtaposed.
Once again, if you’ll be anywhere near Southern California at the beginning of June, we highly suggest you hit up the Ink & Iron Festival. The Bronx are on the bill, and so are Eagles Of Death Metal, and that’s all the reason we need to rock that party.