Playing high-energy skinhead rock-n-roll sure to slap you upside the head and knock a few beers down your throat, The Knockarounds certainly live up to their name. Formed in Winnipeg in May of 2005, The Knockarounds came to life after the breakup of James (bass) and Graham's (guitars) One Nite Only, a more melodic streetpunk band that had gained a loyal following in the local scene. While keeping their sing-along songwriting sensibilities, The Knockarounds sound emerged with a more raw, harder feel which was accentuated by Lawrence's (singer) ferocious vocals and the hard-hitting backbeat provided by Rob (drums). Combine that with James' strolling bass-lines and Graham's distinctive guitar style, the band was a force to be reckoned with right from the start.
Following several months of gigging at their local watering holes or in support of touring bands, a six-song demo was recorded, capturing the band's live energy perfectly. The future appeared to be bright. Enter real-life, bills, and ironically enough, the challenges that the band's working-class rock-n-roll is all about. Work opportunities saw Lawrence move west, and the band went on an indefinite hiatus. Suddenly the band's future became quite murky.
By January of 2006, it seemed things had reached a stand-still and friend and supporter Martin was asked to try out as new lead singer. Martin's charismatic style resulted in a perfect fit and the Knockarounds became stronger than ever before! 2008 saw the band finally release their much-anticipated debut full-length. Drawing influence from old standbys like The Oppressed and Cocksparrer to more current bands like Discipline and Bonecrusher, The Knockarounds forged a unit that kept the sound and working-class spirit of streetrock alive and well in Canada, their purpose simple and clear; like the saying goes: "Having a laugh, having a say."
In 2010, the tragic news came down. Martin, influence to so many in the scene, had passed away. Things would truly never be the same without him. The Knockarounds as a complete band were no more.
To be continued...