By Derek Obregon
CITIES OF ORIGIN: Riverside.
KINDERED SPIRITS: Rancid, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Vandals, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and The Expendables.
RECENT RELEASES: A New Beginning (July 2012).
FREQUENTS: The Vibe (Riverside).
Knock-Out is a straight-up punk/reggae band playing music that seems to be much bigger than the genres it claims. The music is honest and inspiring. It has released two solid albums produced by Voodoo Glow Skulls guitarist, Eddie Casillas, and its third release, A New Beginning E.P., was done with a new producer, Jim Perkins. Every holiday season in December, the band plays a “Home for the Holidays” show at The Vibe in Riverside to keep the locals happy (there’s even the rare Christmas E.P. put out by the group to get you into the Christmas spirit). That will happen once again, but unfortunately, this will be Knock-Out’s last show . . . ever! So put your dukes up, and let the music knock you out, folks.
How did your band form?
Knock-Out formed in 2003 by Jared Palazzolo and Anthony Marquez. Jared was playing with the Skeletones at the time and wanted to start a new project with some friends from other bands.
Would you care to explain the inspiration for the new album, A New Beginning?
We went in the studio with Producer Jim Perkins (former Freakdaddy/Dumbluck singer) trying to evolve our sound and take some steps forward. We were extremely happy with how it came out and the direction the band was going.
What were your favorite venues to play at in the IE?
Showcase Theatre will always be the favorite, but we always loved playing The Vibe as well.
What were some of your favorite bands to tour with?
Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Vandals, Bastard Suns, Sonic Boom Six, Random Hand, The Queers, the list goes on . . .
What is the coolest touring memory you have?
We have had so many outrageous/awesome memories on tour, but having the old comedian Gallagher party in our trailer and eventually choke on a hot dog and destroy our lights on it. That stands out the most.
Anything else you would like us to know?
We had an amazing time and made the best memories ever that can never be taken from us. It’s sad to say goodbye but we are stoked to be doing it in our hometown of Riverside. Jared currently is playing guitar for hip-hop/alternative artist Big B and will have new music coming out soon!