31 Knots - It Was High Time To Escape (2003)
Cover Front Album
Artist/Composer 31 Knots
Length 40:00
Format mp3
Genre Indie
Label 54 40 or Fight! Records
Index 20
Track List
01 A Half Life In Two Movements 01:46
02 Darling, I 04:09
03 The Gospel According To Efficiency 04:15
04 No Sound 02:53
05 We Still Have Legs 05:52
06 Without Wine 03:46
07 That Which Has No Name! 04:56
08 At Peace 04:08
09 Played Out For Punchlines 03:58
10 Matters From Ashes 04:17
Purchase Date 1/16/2004
Store Soulseek
kbps 192
Spars DDD
Rare No
Sound Stereo
Portland, Oregon's 31Knots unveiled their third full-length album in 2003 with the release of the ten-song It Was High Time to Escape on Michigan's 54 40 or Fight Records. Leading the Northwest wave of prog-pop bands, 31Knots continued to impressive with the kind of precise guitar chords and steady rhythms found on the opening track, "A Half Life in Two Movements." That song seamlessly gives way to the frazzled and charming "Darling, I," which offers a staggeringly restrained sound that seems ready to blow up at any moment, yet doesn't. Joe Haege leads the way on guitar and vocals, while bassist Jay Winebrenner and drummers Joe Kelly and Jay Pellicci combine to form one of the more irreverent rhythm sections in indie rock. Kelly left the band soon after the recording of four of the album's songs in 2002 and was replaced by Pellicci, who took over drumming duties for the March 2003 sessions, which completed the disc. Haege is center stage throughout, setting up the disc's highlight reel with unconventional guitar chords, unwaveringly fiery vocals, and continuously challenging lyrics on songs like "No Sound," "We Still Have Legs," and "At Peace." "Without Wine" slows down the album's pace with a reflective acoustic bass dancing with Haege's narrative metaphors. A mesmerizing bass line leads into the entrancing "Played out for Punchlines," while the unsettling "Matters from Ashes" mixes tender tones and vocals with a disconcerting electronic backdrop. Pushing the envelope of the math rock sound throughout, the band's brash post-hardcore impresses most of all because if its seeming lack of obvious influences. Taking cues from a large pool of bands on It Was High Time to Escape, 31Knots paints a sound with a wide brush and an array of colors. — Stephen Cramer