The Knackers

The Knackers

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The Knackers are a four-piece Celtic/folk/rock ensemble consisting of acoustic guitars, fiddle, bass and drums. The band enjoys playing upbeat, hard hitting, socially and emotionally conscious music. The Knackers music combines Irish/Scottish and Canadian Traditional influences with strong, original songs and stories from the colorful culture and history of Canadian living

Biography

The Knackers are a four-piece Celtic/folk/rock ensemble consisting of acoustic guitars, fiddle, bass and drums. The band enjoys playing upbeat, hard hitting, socially and emotionally conscious music. The Knackers music combines Irish/Scottish and Canadian Traditional influences with strong, original songs and stories from the colorful culture and history of Canadian living. Laurence O’Grogan writes and composes the music and lyrics for The Knackers, and plays rhythm guitar and is the lead vocalist. He is also a graduate of The Arts and Entertainment Management Certificate Program from Capilano University. His words tell stories of the working class, the hard drinking, of down and out hobo logic, of sticking it to “the man” with a gaze from the gutter, of lost love and new hopes and which is all at once dark and full of humour and romance. Laurence has been playing and singing for 15 years and has spent a portion of his life in Ireland studying the music and culture. Drummer, Chris Bowman, has been honing his craft for 20 years and is the co-founder of The Knackers. With a rock background, he has played with bands ranging from speed metal to prog, from hard rock to country rock; Bowman brings an undeniable energy to the stage. Bassist, Micheal Wagler holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Capilano University, and is a veritable fountain of knowledge and inspiration. He and his soldier in arms, Bowman, form an impenetrable wall of rhythm. Alex Taub, a classically trained violinist, whose fiddle playing is both powerful and graceful, brings a wealth of musical genres and experience. The Knackers have performed many successful live shows, including a set at a sold out festival at Vancouver’s The Centre for the Performing Arts, many pub shows, a handful of weddings as well as wakes, birthday’s, and house parties. Their live show is vibrant and entertaining; full of heart it moves from lilting ballads to rowdy Celtic grooves, getting their audience up and dancing every time. They’ve also written and recorded a theme song for a skit comedy television show for The Freakishly Fine Film Co. As well as taken part in professionally filmed documentary of a comedy /music festival also with The Freakishly Fine film Co. The Knackers aspire to preserve traditional music and inspire new, young and old listeners to get up and forget their troubles, if just for one song.

Influences include:
Their influences include The Pogues, Shane McGowan and The Popes, The Dropkick Murphy’s, The Mahones, the Dubliners, Stomping Tom Connors, The Dreadnoughts, Steve Earl, Christy Moore, Sinead O’Connor, Leonard Cohen, Stan Rogers to name a few.

Sounds Like
What Beer would sound like in heaven.

Lyrics

Lumbering Jack

Written By: Laurence Grogan

There's a man in every town, who knows how to get down
He wins the hearts of all the girls, when he comes around
He makes the old feel young again, the lonely to feel proud
So if you see's his, fill it back up and jump on to his cloud

There's a world of full of girls, 1.2 for everyman
But you see, all the boy's, with there heads stuck in the san
But he'll walk in and with a grin, grab one by the hand
She will rise , love in her eyes, the fairest in the land

(chorus)
But things get rough, when he's had enough, with the bruisers and the pigs.
They come at him with knives and sticks, he busts them up like twigs.
He stands in place and with grace, turns out their fucking lights.
And when he walks away he'll say thanks boy's for the fight.

He was once made mad at the rising of the moon
So he took it down, spun it around, and walked to the saloon.
It waxed and wained and it complained, of all things outer space
Said "Good-bye", rose in the sky, with a smile on it's face

He'll get drunk and high on skunk and walk a perfect line
He drives home drunk every night, but he always gets home fine
You can see his smile for awhile his eyes brighten the night
In the deepest darkness, he's a fucking beam of light

Chorus

But now those days are long and gone, and there nothing but memories
All his dreams have been replace with old age and disease
He get's a blast from the past, but it only makes him cry
He sits in deep depression, and eats his humble pie

He once stood like a block of wood, his arms were made of steel
But now he lays in a glory daze, with hell hounds at his heel
He once held in his arms, the beauty of the land
But now he's stoned and all alone, courting his right hand.

Wisewoman

Written By: Laurence Grogan

My love was so blind, that I couldn't even see her
You know they say distance makes the heart grow nearer
So every morning I'd try to leave her
Then she'd start lying and I'd start to believe her

She was so wise so bold and so pretty
She's been here only minutes, she's got the keys to the city
When I look back I find it quite a pity
How something so beautiful, could end up so shitty

Chorus

And she's cool, and he's calm, and she knows whats going on
And she's right when she's wrong, but we share a favorite song

I tried to change, but I changed for the worse
Now I'm twice the knacker then when we met first
She tried to change me but I wasn't worth saving
The craic was dull, but the sex was amazing

I tried to be hopeful, I tried to believe
I tried to wishful, I tried not to leave
I lived in a nightmare, she lived in a dream
When I started fading, she started to beam

Chorus

My love was so blind, that I couldn't even see her
You know they say distance makes the heart grow nearer
So every morning I'd try to leave her
Then she'd start lying and I'd start to believe her
She tried to be hopeful, she tried to believe
She tried to wishful, she tried not to leave
She lived in a nightmare, I lived in a dream
When she started fading, I started to beam

The Cuts

Written By: Laurence Grogan

Walking on down main street, with a bottle in my hands
I shake my fist at Cambell, and wish his soul be damned
He toook away my job, he took away my faith
And if I had enough money, I'd leave this cursed place

I'd roll back home to the belle provence, wind up on St. Denis
Pass out on the snowy street, pissed up on Maudite
I'd float my way down the St. Laurent, to the Atlantic sea
Float around without a sound, with the rest of the debris

Choru

So come on ye sinners, ye killers, cops and crooks
Come on and join forces, with the gangster's, thugs and hoods
We'll get while their dreaming while their guard is down
There's no use in retreating, the circus is in town

If I could find the men who put in my place
I'd kick them alls right in the balls, and punch them in the face
I'd trample on parliament lawn, and urinate on the grass
And then I'd take our flagpole, and I'd stick it up there ass

Chorus

Walking on down Main Street, with a monkey on my back
With a needle stuck deep in my arm, and now I'm now I'm hooked on crack
I hope to Christ, in the next life, I'll be a king or queen
I'll free the ghosts from coast to coast, and everything in between

Walking on down Main Street, with an aching in my gut
I'm standing outside of the church, but all the doors are shut
I pray one day, I'll get to play, with cherubs in the sky
With a rope tied around my neck, goodbye cruel goodbye!

Discography

The Knackers EP

Set List

Set 1
Lumbering Jack
Snake with eyes of garnet
The battle of ballatine pier
Navigator
Dirty old town
Barrets privateers
I'm a man you don't meet everyday
Wisewoman

Set 2
Celtic fury(part 1)
Johnny come lately
Roddy mackorly
This woman's got me drinking
Body of an american
The cuts
Celtic fury(part 2)
Fiddle frenzy