In the past several months, Knightsquatch have been almost as elusive as the mythical creature they derive their name from, but now the prog-metal soothsayers are emerging from isolation for a live stream hosted by Aura Fest.
"Since the quarantine began, since the world ended, we descended into our super-secret underground swamp dungeon lair, the compound, and we have been embarking on a months long training montage," explained Knightsquatch guitarist Jake Plissken.
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Part of that training has involved indoctrinating new drummer, Taylor Hamilton, into the arcane ways of the Knightsquatch.
"Our last drummer...he knew too much," said Plissken. "We ended up thawing out a new one to replace him."
During their time off the grid, Knightsquatch have been constructing new material and honing their chops. "We never really stop working on new stuff, but it slowed, playing shows and everything, because these things take a while to write—they’re long," said Plissken.
"With the new drummer, we had to rework a lot of stuff, too," added guitarist Mario Bezares.
Plissken isn’t exaggerating when he describes their songs as long. As practitioners of epic, cosmic prog, Knightsquatch songs all run over ten minutes, with "Misanthropocene Sword" off of their debut album, "First Contact," taking listeners on a twenty minute odyssey.
"During the quarantine we really hunkered down and moved forward," said Plissken. "Since we can’t really play any shows to promote ‘First Contact’ in the first place, we might as well keep moving forward...We’ve had more than enough time to get down to the nitty gritty and focus on a lot of the details that escaped us before because we had to maintain our avatars in the real world."
Although the Aura Fest show will be their first real live stream gig since quarantine began, Knightsquatch did make an early attempt to embrace live streaming.
"We streamed one practice in the beginning of the quarantine, but realized that we just didn’t have the equipment necessary to capture the message of the Squatch," explained Plissken. "We’re not going to bastardize the message with inferior technology."
After lots of preparation, Knightsquatch are ready to step onto the Sentient Bean stage for a thunderous show. They even have a few new transmissions from the Knightsquatch (AKA songs) to perform.
"One of them is an absolute banger, I’m very excited," said Plissken. "Generally, we’ve had the opportunity to tighten up a lot, so it’s fresh."
"Also, we all got new loot," added Bezares.
"Yeah, we all upgraded our quest loot," said Plissken with a laugh.
One other way Knightsquatch have been keeping busy is by hiding sigil stones around Savannah like a druidic treasure hunt. The glow-in-the-dark runes are imbued with the band’s power.
"Keep your eyes on the street," said Plissken. "If you find one then our power will be yours, as well."
All donations from the live stream will benefit Black Lives Matter.
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