"Your Name All Over It" (THC Music; 2011)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Knockout Kid is labeled as pop punk and happy hardcore ... yeah, happy hardcore. You might be scratching your head trying to figure that one out but the second you cue up these Chicago natives you'll be head-banging instead. If you like Fall Out Boy or Paramore then you'll love Knockout Kid.

This is their first digital EP and they pack five foot-stomping tracks into one fast blast of music. The drums are hardcore, the vocals are pop punk and hardcore and the guitar is ... well, metal and hardcore. Now where the "happy" part comes in is in their lyrics. Song titles such as "Hoop Dreams" and "Coach Has Us Running Two-a-Days" are sports related and these guys would rather shoot hoops than drugs.

There is an upbeat tempo to their lyrics when they are being goofy and when Evan starts his hardcore grunts and rants he changes the band's musical direction. I'm quite impressed with this first effort. These guys have a great future in front of them.

Knockout Kid: Evan Franklin Vocals; Karl Nickolov Guitar; Jake Fuerst Guitar; "Fat" Mike Benyoussef Bass; John Jacobs Drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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