Dead Man's Knee

  • Dead Man's Knee
  • 2018-04-08

Dead Man’s Knee are a London band from a background of blues, rock and roll, gospel and soul. Members of the group have already earned their stripes playing as session musicians on the pop and soul circuit, and now their about to release their debut single ‘Pleasure’.

Rock with a bit of blues, soul and gospel mixed up with it.

First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what led you forming Dead Man’s Knee?
Dead Man’s Knee basically started out as Del and Angelos wanting an excuse to play music together. We have a mutual group of musician friends, but we’d never played in the same band because most of what we did only required one guitarist. So we decided to just have some late night jams and things kind of kept going from there

Who did your take inspiration from?
Angelos has a background that’s heavily influenced by the blues and Del & Leonn come from a gospel background George has a big funk and soul influence. Collectively, we really like bands that are heavy but also really melodic like Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Royal Blood and Led Zeppelin. There’s also a lot of influence from bands like Funkadelic, D’Angelo,

Why the name Dead Man’s Knee?
Around the time we first started jamming Angelos had Anterior Crutiate Ligament replacement replacement surgery on his knee due to a longstanding football injury. While he was recovering we were trying to come up with a name for the band and Dead Man’s Knee seemed as good as any all things being considered.

**How would you describe your musical style? **
Rock with a bit of blues, soul and gospel mixed up with it.

Can you remember your first live gig? How did it go?
It took us ages to actually play our first live gig together as Dead Man’s Knee. We spent well over a year of jamming and writing, then our original drummer had to go away for a long period of time and we came to the decision that it would be best to bring in another drummer.

Once Leonn jumped onboard and we’d had a good few rehearsals we had our first gig in January 2017 at The Finsbury Pub in Manor House. It went really well and it was great to finally play the songs we’d been working on to a live audience. The songs went down really well and they took on a whole new dimension live.

In what way is your live show evolving?
The live show is getting better the more we play. We’ve also seen what songs really connect with the audiences and it’s informed our writing of new songs quite a bit.

Tell us about your new single Pleasure. What’s it about?
‘Pleasure’ is about wanting to do things you enjoy but that you’ve been told you shouldn’t do. It’s about feeling guilty for enjoying yourself too much and worrying that you’ll be looked down on by society because you should know better. It’s about recklessness and debauchery and conflict and regret. It’s about giving in to your most basic of desires instead of always denying yourself the things you really want to do but are scared of, or ashamed to do.

When did you write it and where did you record it?
‘Pleasure’ was one of the very first songs we ever wrote, but it went through about three different versions before we settled on the version that we finally released. This version was recorded at George’s studio in Tottenham. George is an engineering and production wizard of sorts and he made sure the recording had the same energy and fire that the song has when we play it live.

How does Pleasure build on your style?
It has that driving riff that we’re always looking for and hopefully it makes people wanna get up and dance and jump around. Most of the time that’s what we’re looking to do to the listener. Either make them dance or send them into a trance either way it should move them.

Where can we see you live in 2018?
Right now we don’t have anything booked in as we’re trying to get the songs for our upcoming EP finished, but, if you keep an eye on our social media accounts like Instagram and Facebook, we’ll let you know as soon as we’re ready to get back out there and play some more shows. Hopefully we’ll get to play some of the summer festivals too.

Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen to the band this year, what would it be?
For the EP to be so well received we managed to get ourselves out on a tour to support it.

Listen to ‘Pleasure’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates, go to the Dead Man’s Knee Facebook page.

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