Picture this, it’s 1998, when you were still allowed outside. You’re with the boys and your studded leather vest has you feeling some type of way. You’ve got a 6-pack of beer and you’re headed through a back alley towards a local show. The itch to mosh has been bugging you for a few days and you’re about to get your fill. Hot Knife, a four piece band from Brooklyn, are releasing their EP Dread on April 20th and it will be the soundtrack to your adventure. 

The EP was produced by Jesse Cannon who has worked with bands like The Mezingers, Misfits, Saves the day and was engineered by Brian DiMeglio at Found Soundation Studios in Fort Greene. It was then mixed and mastered at the Blasting Room by Jason Livermore who has worked with bands like Bouncing Souls, Descendents, Teenage Bottlerocket. It has a lot of big names for such a short and sweet EP. It kicks off with “Rude”, an upbeat punk-rock track that makes you want to throw punches at the air. There’s a noticeable radio-safe Billy Talent meets old school Green Day influence.

“Space Weapons” plays second, keeping the upbeat momentum. It’s a spicy song about telling someone you don’t care for them. This is the kick-dirt-with-the-boys soundtrack with staggering group vocals and rhythmic drum beats. It mimics the voices in your head as you tell them how you really feel. 

Sitting in the middle of Hot Knife’s EP, “Top 10 Habits of Successful People” is that good vibes kind of jam. It takes you on a good old fashioned American journey with kick-ass drum beats and a can’t-get-it-out-of-my-head riff. 

If you’re looking for a gut wrenching pop-punk jam, “Rippin Buds, Rippin Buds” is where you’ll find it. This is the track you’ll find yourself moshing to, even when you’re at home (where you should be) alone.  

The EP comes to a close with a slower jam called “First Street.” As the longest song, it’s a smooth and intricate conclusion to an otherwise very mosh-worthy soundtrack. 

As we sit in limbo, awaiting the approval of the World Health Organization (WHO) to begin booking and attending concerts again, you can find Hot Knife and their new EP here.

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