The Tower

by The Knutz

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"Like crooked angels
Whispering again
The mockery ballad
Only shadows remains "-" The Mockery Ballad ", The Knutz

Twisted angels whispering once more amidst the shadows: this is a good metaphor for the eternal return of post-punk, which rose from the self-destructive ashes of original punk and lifted much bolder flights than its predecessor. This army of crooked angels - the gothic, the synthpop, the cold wave - takes off again in the shadows that dominate The Tower, The Knutz's third studio album. In reworking with conviction the most characteristic elements of post-punk aesthetics in 11 songs sung in English, the trio (based in Niterói, RJ) surpasses the geographical and temporal limitations. It may have been recorded in 2018 in Brazil, but it is fittingly aligned with the sounds that served as reference to the band, released in Europe and the US 30, 35 years ago.

Daniel Abud (guitar, keyboards and voice), Tiago Abud (bass) and Airton Silva (drums) are not newcomers. Since 2004, they have pursued a sound that is reportedly influenced by names such as The Cure, Bauhaus and David Bowie. The loyalty to these icons has always guided The Knutz's music, despite changes in training and wandering around Europe (excursions in England in 2010 and Germany in 2016). Confirming the universality of post-punk language, they were noted by international critics with their first two albums, Ghost Dance Party (2010) and We Are the Monsters (2015). The Tower, produced by Bruno Marcus (Tomba Orquestra, Gilber T), is the natural continuation of a trajectory that only seems fixed in the past - but that actually transcends the clichés that could be expected from a work with such a definite personality. As Daniel sings in "Thank the Moon": "The night has more colors than the day". There are unexpected and original colors on The Knutz's dark night.

The title is a reference to the concept that ties the songs of the disc, derived from the tarot: the tower is the greater arcane, and the letters narrate its imminent fall, the drastic changes brought by the collapse and the beginning of the reconstruction of the tower, doomed to collapse once again. For the band, it is a metaphor for the state of voluntary blindness in which mankind lies, embedded in a seemingly indestructible tower. Everything comes down shortly at the opening, with the title track ("Fake structures withstand no more / Nothing is safe as we thought"). The distressing narrative drawn by the lyrics goes through the alienation ("Nobody knows what is wrong / But they laugh and laugh upon", in "The Fool"), the feeling of misfit in society / To deconstruct me, "in" It Hurts ") and terminal loneliness (" The cave frozen my heart "in" The Cave "). Finally, in "About to Fall", we confront the inevitability of another fall ("Don't matter what we've done / In the end we're about to fail") ... and the resumption of the morbid cycle.

"The Tower" is the darkest moment of the album, which continues alternating climates and timbres without deviating from the fundamental elements of post-punk. Striking bass lines lead "The Fool," "The Mockery Ballad," "Do Not Judge" that counts with the DJ, singer and burlesque performer Ludmila Houben, and "Hex," complemented by sparse and atmospheric synthesizers. Already in "It Hurts", "Thank the Moon" and "About to Fall" guitars take center stage. "The Hand that Takes" evokes a surprising flavor of dub reggae, another ingredient typical of the post-punk salad. And with "The Woman with the Coffin Case," they contrast the more gothic of the lyrics ("She is cold as a corpse, but a beautiful grace") with a shameless beat of soar dancing and the crucial participation of the vocalist Luciana Lazulli, who still scores on three other tracks on the album.

The Tower, the album, can be regarded as a reverent and careful review of the original post-punk lessons. You can also position The Knutz in the pantheon of recent bands that are also inspired by the giants of the past - She Wants Revenge, Interpol, The Editors. Or it can be seen only for what it really is: a work that will take the trio to flights ever higher, on the wings of crooked angels, always in the midst of the shadows

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released May 13, 2018

“O orgulho vem antes da destruição; o espírito altivo, antes da queda.” SALOMÃO


The Knutz are: Daniel Abud - vocals / guitars / synthesizer . Airton S. – drums / synth drum pads . Tiago Abud – bass / backing vocals

All songs and lyrics by The Knutz 2018

Recorded and mixed at Tomba Records by Bruno Marcus. Mastered by Pedro Garcia. Vocal direction by Luciana Lazulli. Album art by Daniel Abud and Marcelo Kpta. The Tower Tarot card art by Go Lopes.

Special Thanks to: Ludmila Houben – ‘Do Not Judge’ backing vocals, ‘Thank the Moon’ lyrics composition. Luciana Lazulli – ‘The Tower’, ‘The Woman with the Coffin Case’, ‘Hex’, ‘The Fool’ backing vocals . João Pinaud – ‘The Mockery Ballad’, ‘The Fool’ – synthesizers. And all those who believed, supported, inspired and contributed to the album realization.

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The Knutz Niterói, Brazil

The Knutz is one of the main Brazilian names in the dark scene of the country, well-known by the energetic live performances and a distinguished music. The group roots come from punk and goth rock, but they don’t simply keep limited on a small range of genres or ways of thinking. They can please rock ears from anywhere with unique BatCaveabilly rocking sounds, wild synths and attitude. ... more

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Track Name: The Tower
The Tower

Lightning from heaven hits the walls
Everything is breaking
Crushing us down
Fake structures withstand no more
Nothing is safe as we thought

The Tower is falling down

Higher the building greater the fall
Comes the change for us all
The ground shakes so much
There's nowhere to hold now
We're all doomed to the fatality walls

The Tower is falling down

The Knutz:
Daniel Abud - vocals / guitars / synths
Airton S. - drums / synth pads
Tiago Abud - bass
Track Name: The Fool
My memories
Come all of a sudden
To disturb my mind
On the fragile moments

I´m Feeling weak today
Things are going wrong
It reminds the days
When I was starting my journey

Made from the stone we are
to the light we go

They are making me show
The dark side of me
And I found how fool I could be

Like a mad man

Nobody knows what is wrong
But they laugh and laugh upon
If I cross the line I´ll be sure to die
They are making me show my dark side

By the moonlight I stayed
Staring at just how
They were dancing and having fun
By putting me down
There was nothing I could do
Only watched that scary face
Taking my dreams way
Just regrets to stay
Track Name: Mockery Ballad
The mockery bird from far away
Comes to town once in a day
Bringing all that´s ugly
Taking your dreams
Burying your lucky
Like crooked angels
Whispering the ode
Sarcastically veiled at the wrong side above
Ashes to ashes dust to dusk
You got trapped by the mockery birds
Don´t hear the caw don´t listen to the melody
You got trapped in the mockery ballad

The mockery ballad
The mockery ballad
You got trapped by the mockery ballad

The black bird of agony
The personification of irony
Flying with dusk wings
Trapping you up in superstition
Like crooked angels
Whispering again
The mockery ballad
Only shadows remains

They come from above, from everywhere
Cursing your soul omen your path
Don´t hear the caw don´t listen to the melody
You got trapped by the mockery ballad

The mockery ballad
The mockery ballad
You got trapped by the mockery ballad

Like crooked angels
Whispering again
The mockery ballad
Only shadows remains
Track Name: It Hurts
The voice of reason
Says I´m not free
There´s no freedom
For you and me
The voice of reason
Calls me freak
To fit me in society
To deconstruct me

And it hurts
And it hurts so much

The voice of reason
Says to follow the rules
To have a religion
To live like fools

And it hurts
And it hurts so much

Life is short try to live too much
Listen to the voices is not enough
Sooner or later you gonna feel the pain
Cause life hurts you and gonna hurt you again
And again
Track Name: Do Not Judge
See the heart don´t see the face
See the fill don´t see the shape
Ignore what they say
Don´t judge to be judged
See the heart don´t see the face
See the ugly and disgrace
Fight the evil and fight the horror
Do not be a moron

Now that you stop this agony
You can come talk to me
Stay strong, stay tall
See the heart don´t see the face
Track Name: Hex
I never again want to see your face
Even painted gold or on a silver plate
The good coexistence shall exist no more
It´s better be apart like we were before

Hex, hypno trap
Hex, you stabbed my back
Hex, get out of my head
Hex, never come back

I will bless my soul to protect my faith
From the terrible hex that contaminates
Get out of my head, away from this wreck
Take your hypno trap and never come back

Your spell will never reach me
The curse is deeply weak
You´ll never see me bleeding
I´ll not fall on your tricks

Poisonous fangs try to bite me
Even if you try to waste me
I´m crawling away from those aches
I will shake like the snakes
Track Name: The Cave
Here below I can hear the sounds
The voice of my memory echoing around
Spinning through the pillars
Reflecting on the rocks
Coming back to me
Like simple thoughts

I am sitting in the dark
Staring at nothing
Caged by the shadows I become rotten
My emotions go to another stage
Escape from this cave

The cave frozen my heart
It locks me inside
I am losing my mind
And all the control

The delayed tears falling from my eyes
The repeated sound splitters on the ground
The noise of the beats reverbs so far
My heart is so cold it´s putting me down

The cave frozen my heart
I am getting so old
I am sick and tired
I can´t run from the dark
Track Name: The Hand That Takes
Finger shadows
Like spider legs
A harry shade comes to get
At the midnight crawling
Very long and thin
The touches of sin
Passing over me

Evil greed
Grabbing everything
To remember the lost
Leaves the finger prints
Such ambitious being
It´s not coming to shake
The hand that takes

Takes my life
Takes my dreams
Takes my food
Takes everything
Takes my light
It doesn´t come to shake
The hand that takes
Track Name: Thank the Moon
The night is more alive than the day
Tonight it’s so quite
The shadows are reflections of the dark
It’s time to shine bright

The night has more colors than the day
We´re so live we are the lights

Let’s do our nocturnal flight
Open your wings and cross the sky
Black out, black eyes
Open your mind to see the sight

We gonna thank the moon
We gonna shake the bloom
We gonna change the world
Without you

The night has more color than the day
We´re so live we are the lights

Let’s do our nocturnal flight
Open your wings and cross the sky
Black out, black eyes
Open your mind to see the sight

We gonna thank the moon
We gonna shake the bloom
We gonna be the stars
Without you
Track Name: The Woman With the Coffin Case
She came over me at the night before
I was terribly frightened by the time i saw
She was wearing a dark dress with a big round hood
Carrying a coffin case made with black wood

She is cold as a corpse, but a beautiful grace
The woman with the coffin case
On time she waits to seal the grave
The woman with the coffin case
Comes over me, comes to disgrace
The woman with the coffin case
She gets what she wants, has what she takes
The woman with the coffin case

She started to walk around trying to analyse
Measuring my body to check the size
I hear her voice for the first time
She told me: - It fits like a glove

She is cold as a corpse, but a beautiful grace
The woman with the coffin case
On time she waits to seal the grave
Comes over me, comes to disgrace
The woman with the coffin case
She gets what she wants, has what she takes
The woman with the coffin case

I said enter and put the coffin on the floor
-Lay down my old friend you gonna rise no more
At the end I kissed his head with farewell lips
Said not to be scared, to have a wonderful trip
Track Name: About to Fall
Feelings comes and go
Reason is here to stay
I cannot live my life
Without feeling the pain

I just don´t want to believe
I just don´t want my eyes to see
What lies behind the walls
What lies behind your soul

Don´t matter what we´ve done
In the end we´re about to fall

Please tell me that I am wrong
Let´s try to live today
I will try very hard
To wipe the tears away

Lightning from heaven hits the walls
Everything is breaking
Crushing us down
Fake structures withstand no more
Nothing is safe as we thought

Higher the building greater the fall
Comes the change for us all
The ground shakes so much
There´s nowhere to hold now
We´re all doomed to the fatality walls

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