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About The Knukcleheads:
From Robert McCarthy: "The Knukcleheads consists of my five children, who have been playing together as a band for about two years. They held their first concert in front of a crowd of 200+ people on a farm during a charity event, and since then they’ve never looked back. Most recently they were invited to play on the Hard Rock Cafe stage in Boston as part of a showcase of young talent - it was an amazing show with some incredible bands."
The Marlborough, Massachusetts band consists of:
"We’ve set up our basement as a practice studio, and if you drive through Marlborough some Saturday evening, there’s a good chance you’ll hear them practice, because they’re not shy about turning up the volume. Their home spot for gigs is The Tavern in Framingham but they've appeared at Make Music Boston, The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) and have a busy summer calendar." For the latest about The Knukcleheads check their Facebook Page HERE.
Featured Video: What's Inside of Me
Here’s an original song we've performed acoustically: What’s Inside of Me. This song is super special because it was written at a time when I was really struggling with school, with friends, and with the things floating around inside my head I couldn’t control. I wrote this almost in one sitting, and the first lines of the song “I’ve got broken bones and broken feet” were inspired by listening to Bruce Springsteen’s song “Born to Run” where he sings “Baby this town rips the bones from your back." -Finola
How would you characterize your musical style?
Most definitely classic rock with a smile and a sneer. As mentioned, being fronted by Finola means we've got a lot of Joan Jett in us, and we'll probably do a complete cover show of Joan Jett classics. Its a drum-driven sound with lots of wide open spots for soulful guitar solos, with overtones of keyboards swaying in and out throughout each song.
What do you think is the difference between good music and great music?
We always discuss and analyze music of many different genres, from classic rock to blues to country and others. What we find makes for great music is the passion behind the playing, and the commitment to stretching boundaries. We generally look for distinct and different, not standard pop, with time changes, signature drum fills, heavy rolling bass, and un-rushed guitar solos.
Would you recommend other artists your own age?
Many of the artists that are popular and young are very pop-inspired, though Taylor Swift crushes it with everything she does. While we don’t hold anything against them, we don’t really see many younger bands embracing the roots of rock. So we mostly are listening to bands who are a bit older, like The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Rush, The Beatles, The Beastie Boys, Oasis, Counting Crows, The Black Crowes, and Radiohead.
What are the biggest challenges of being a young musician?
Getting gigs and being taken seriously!! Its so hard to get people to pay attention to you when you have to ask “do you allow minors in your establishment?” So many places, even if they’re legally able to do it, just don’t want the hassle. That’s why places like The Tavern and TCAN are so important to young musicians who are serious about playing out to crowds all the time - we need more places to play!
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