Northwoods Knives

by Heavy Hand

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released July 21, 2014

Heavy Hand is
Anthony Weber
Isa Carini
Chris Roberts

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Everything about this Milwaukee three-piece is a perfectly distilled example of what makes pop-minded noise so giddily intoxicating. Take Northwoods Knives, Heavy Hand’s latest release and its debut LP. Does it stick a shiv in your gut, Royal Tenenbaums-style? It does. Does it bounce and percolate like The Thermals and Superchunk? It does. Does it do all that and more in just over 20 minutes? Of course it does. Like Heavy Hand itself, Northwoods Knives makes its point in no time flat.
- Matt Wild of Milwaukee Record and A.V. Club Milwaukee

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“Part of the appeal of Northwoods Knives is that it sounds familiar—in a good way. Opening track “David Bowie Wants to Steal Your Baby” sets the tone right of the gate. The track is to-the-point, guitar-driven indie rock: catchy, but not annoyingly catchy; noisy, but not unnecessarily noisy. The band wouldn’t have been out of place opening up for the likes of Superchunk and Archers of Loaf at the Cat’s Cradle in the mid-1990s.

“I think we’re trying to pay homage to the music we grew up listening to without ripping it off,” explains Carini, who also plays tuba in The Scarring Party. Weber, who performs with Like Like The The The Death, makes this point a bit more colorfully: “I try to relate what we’re doing to Oedipus. Kill your father and do the sex thing with your mother.””
— Michael Carriere for The Shepherd Express (1/30/14)

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#11 in Milwaukee Record’s THE 25 BEST MILWAUKEE ALBUMS OF 2014.

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