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Apr 12, 2020

Brooklyn punks Hot Knife release TOP 10 HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE


Listen Exclusively via Alternative Press

New EP Dread Due out on April 20 via Black Numbers

Hot Knife are premiering their new single “TOP 10 HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE”. Listen exclusively via Alternative Press, HERE.
“‘TOP 10 HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE' is an angry pop song; both pissy and catchy,” vocalist/guitarist, Luke Taylor said. “It can be overwhelming to participate in the brutal, endless pursuit that is our economy and to be aware of the nonsense and lies that are driving it. It’s infuriating to see those messages echoed every day.” 
“TOP 10 HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE” will be featured on the band’s upcoming EP, Dread, due out on 4/20 via Black Numbers.

The five-song collection was produced by Jesse Cannon (The Mezingers, Misfits, Saves The Day, Dillinger Escape Plan) and engineered by Brian DiMeglio at Found Soundation Studios in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

It was then mixed and mastered by Jason Livermore (Bouncing Souls, Descendents, Teenage Bottlerocket) at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO. 
“We called the record Dread because it's largely a record about anxiety,” Taylor said. “Macro-level anxieties about what is happening in the world, but then also personal anxieties—what is my role in that context? How did I get here? How do I cope with this?” 
Hot Knife are pieced together of members of other notable bands who all ended up in the right place at the right time. 

Their story begins when guitarist Ryan Weber (formerly of 
Spanish Gamble) moved to New York from Florida after an off er from Hot Knife’s future drummer Matt Ferraro (formerly of Candy Hearts) in 2015. 
“He knew I was looking to move and off ered me a room out of the blue,” Weber said. “I moved two weeks later. I knew I definitely wanted to start another band, but I didn't know many people.”
One night at a show, Weber ran into Vic Castello, whom he had known as the bass player from Static Radio NJ.
“Vic said, ‘Hey, we should start a band’ since we were both orphaned from our former bands. I told him I knew a drummer—Matt—and he said he thought he knew someone who could sing, which was Luke [Taylor],” Weber said. 
From there, the band wrote “My Old Friend” and released their debut EP “My Fangs” via Black Numbers in 2017.

“Dread,” the latest EP from Hot Knife, will be available for streaming/purchase via Black Numbers on April 20.

Dread
  1. Rude
  2. Space Weapons
  3. TOP 10 HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE
  4. Rippin Buds, Rippin Buds
  5. First Street
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