[GAY-CORE] Gay-core proponents Smoochknob are "out" to reclaim punk rock not only for weirdos and outcasts, but also for the punk-pop fan among us. This Portland quartet's catchy tongue-in-cheek songs garner comparisons to similarly infectious and clever bands weezer & presidents of the USA.


Smooch Knob was formed by Lead singer & drummer Donnie Rife pilots Smooch Knob from front center stage behind the trap set. After his band, Midwest favorites The Meanies, dissolved in 1995, Donnie relocated to Portland from his Iowa City home-town. Disillusioned, Donnie took a two-year hiatus from performing to write and record, Re-emerging in 1997 with a batch of new songs. Christening his new project Smooch Knob (in reference to Midwest slang for the steering knob featured in '40s and '50s era automobiles), Donnie drove onto Portland's music scene, cultivating a devoted fan-base with his brand of melodic, infectious tunes.


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Smoochknob / Smoochknob (2005)
Smoochknob / Cream (2007)
The Casualties of Awesome (2009 release)
Junior High Anthems (2010)

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Set List

Usually an hour. Can do up to 2 hours.