Knievel

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KNIEVEL

“The Time I Found My Feet” is the new single off the forthcoming album ‘Emerald City’ from Australia’s deep rooted and prominent ‘indie pop’ band Knievel. Slated for release November 2013 via New High Recordings. Knievel is the long-term creative outlet for ARIA award winning producer Wayne Connolly (whose credits in 2012 alone include Hungry Kids of Hungary, The Cairos and The Paper Kites). ‘Emerald City’ marks the fifth album from the band comprising of Wayne Connolly (vocals, guitar), Tracy Ellis (bass, vocals), Nick Kennedy (drums) and Tim Kevin (guitar).

Knievel formed in 1994 and released their first album on the Murmer label in 1995, followed by three more albums between 1997 and 2002: Steep Hill Climb, The Name Rings A Bell That Drowns Out Your Voice and No One’s Going To Understand In My Way.

All the band’s singles received extensive airplay on Triple J, including Might As Well Be Gone, Something Good Must Come, Chance Meeting, Don’t Explain and Are You Still Making Progress.

The band has been in the USA several times with showcases at CMJ and SXSW, and undertook a more extensive tour of the US in 2002, with dates in Tokyo, when their album was released on Portland-based label In Music We Trust and Japanese label Painted Sky.

In Australia, the band toured with Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, REM) in 2000 and also played as his backing band. In 2001 they toured the south island of New Zealand, led by their interest in the Flying Nun label and the Dunedin sound, and played and met with members of The Bats and The Verlaines, which they have often cited as an influence. In 2006 they played a one-off show with Death Cab For Cutie at Sydney’s Petersham Bowling Club. They also played the Big Day Out in 1999 and 2011.

Lyrically, ‘Emerald City’ still draws on the warm-hearted melancholy which has endeared Knievel to a generation of fans, although Connolly says on this album they “definitely made a conscious effort not to try to be too grim or introspective in the lyrics”.

‘Emerald City’ is a mature and rewarding album sure to be warmly embraced by Knievel’s fans, and one which will bring a new generation of listeners to Knievel’s beautifully crafted guitar pop.