If 31Knots’ new album, The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere, walked into a room, it might punch a few holes in the wall before sitting down to scribble something in a notepad. The power-friendly math-rockers slam down each beat methodically, while filling the spaces with an unhinged grind. They may destroy half of your room, but at least they’ll leave you with something to ponder.
The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere is drum-heavy and guitar-spiked, and erratic by design. Tech sounds surround a meathead-with-a-soul and generate a proggy, cathartic slam. If it were a drink, it’d be some expensive liquors mixed with Jager. "Beauty" rolls on heavy, distorted percussion before giving way to a piano-slamming jam. "The Salted Tongue" smartly spikes the drum party with a stark guitar. They channel their energy and spread it out.
What makes this album stand out is that it doesn’t abuse its power, merely allowing it to drive the core of their sound. "Savage Boutique" envelopes a brassy fanfare within a tight jungle beat and grungy guitars. "Sanctify" is a fragmented, dark piano bounce with wacked-out vocals. The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere often feels like a futuristic crazyhouse.
As far as progressive rock goes, 31Knots utilize their aggression and mix it with a diverse amount of effects and throw down on well-chosen arrangements. The weight of The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere is a lot to bear, and often nears desperate levels, but overall, is a well-controlled attack on all-too-standard grunge.