Louisville band Knocked Loose has released a new EP called A Tear in the Fabric of Life and with that, a unique animated short film through Pure Noise Records created by Magnus Jonsson with the story written by Knocked Loose frontman Bryan Garris.
Calling it their most “dynamic and contained” offering, this new EP is a mid-length EP with “grand ambitions and scope.” The story of the album was written by Garris, who is also the band’s lyricist.
Garris describes the story in a release, “It’s a story about extreme grief and the levels a person is willing to go through to get rid of it, “ he says. “The story follows a main character through a traumatic car crash late one night in the woods that leaves his partner deceased, and from there you spiral with him into the depression and guilt that comes with being the cause of something so detrimental.”
Garris says this is the first time the band has dove into creating something sonically that deals with a range of emotions and something that creates the tension and anxiety that then gives the listener a big pay off at the end. Though the story is fictional, the emotions and sentiments expressed by the band are real and came from real emotions and feelings of loss that the band has experienced.
Swedish director and animator Jonsson wanted to create something that played well with the music. He took the ghost story and created what he called an “intense nightmare, focusing on the emotional states of Bryan’s main character.” He wanted the visuals to bring the audience deeper into the story of horror and madness.
This album is an expansion on the hints dropped in Knocked Loose’s 2019 release, A Different Shade of Blue.
When the band found themselves in the throes of the pandemic stuck in their Oldham County residences, it was their first break from touring since 2014. In June, they moved themselves to a cabin in Tennessee and started writing a concept album, and in September, they finished “A Tear in the Fabric of Life.”
Knocked Loose is currently on tour with Gojira.
Listen to the EP below.
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