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The Knowledge of Us

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | SELF

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | SELF
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"3 New Albums from Calgary Artists"

The newly formed Calgary alt-rock quartet, The Knowledge of Us, releases their debut album, Aware, with only a few shows under their belt. This album is a tight collection of melodic songs that show the dynamic range and talent of founding members Krista Forand on percussion and Ian Miller on vocals, bass, guitar and keyboard. It’s clear the quartet has the chops to become a lasting addition to Calgary’s ever-changing music scene. - Avenue Magazine


"The Knowledge of Us - Aware"

There are comparisons that artists will embrace and others that will make them want to hang up the microphone and call it day. Luckily for Calgary’s The Knowledge Of Us, the references are well checked. Radiohead took many incarnations to exemplify the experimentation that Aware displays on the bands debut release — an impressive feat for any band, but especially for an infant one. With TKOU there are many elements at work that together create a full, challenging sound — the type of sound that almost beg you to start every track over in a search to realize it all. There are opportunities for every ingredient to be at the forefront here, and as a whole, there is a strong dynamic. Aware is well, aware, of its influences and perhaps wears them a bit too much at to,es, but this is a strong debut, with dense consistency and challenging songs.

Three and a half out of five stars. - SEE Magazine


"CD Review: The Knowledge of Us - Aware"

Some bands take years to develop a relationship, sound and approach that is uniquely extraordinary. Some never find it. Others inherently hold those enviable aspects, nurturing them with inspired creativity and like-minded collaborative efforts. Proving itself among the latter, Calgary's The Knowledge of Us offers up a dynamic affair in Aware, a work that unites serene atmospheres and sonic divergences with virulent undertones to create an impressive debut.

Aware is as heated and compelling as it is jangly and lilting. A lolling mélange of twangy guitars, shuffling percussion and propulsive falsetto vocals, it’s expected that the group has spent many evenings studying the classics: Pavement and Radiohead. At that, while aspects of the album could benefit from the process of refinement — namely the elongated timeframe, in that an hour-long “hello” is saying too much — when the quartet does spark, it results in a spectacle of light. Forgiving its tendency to overstate, though, Aware is an impressive showing from four musicians barely together long enough to know each other’s idiosyncrasies, let alone perform with such cohesion. - Fast Forward Weekly


Discography

LP - Aware (2010)
Radio play on Canadian campus radio stations. Available for online streaming at www.theknowledgeofus.com and www.myspace.com.

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“The Knowledge of Us offers up a dynamic affair in Aware, a work that unites serene atmospheres and sonic divergences with virulent undertones to create an impressive debut.” - Fast Forward Weekly

"With TKOU there are many elements at work that together create a full, challenging sound — the type of sound that almost begs you to start every track over in a search to realize it all." - SEE Magazine

“It’s clear the quartet has the chops to become a lasting addition to Calgary’s ever-changing music scene.” - Avenue Magazine

Bio:
The Knowledge of Us (TKOU), a Calgary-based alternative-rock quartet, is thrilled to announce the release of its debut album, entitled Aware, on November 1, 2010. The music is reminiscent of early Radiohead, Muse, The Stills and Third Eye Blind, using creative dynamics and strong melodies to take the listener from whispering lows to intense highs, calling out for truth and awareness.

Though the concept of TKOU has existed for years, it was finally born in the Spring of 2009 with creator Ian Miller and drummer Krista Forand. Studio recording began in late 2009 in Calgary with Forand on percussion and Miller on vocals, guitars, bass and keyboard in Miller’s home studio. Taking almost a year to complete, the result is the band’s debut album Aware, a compilation of eleven intense, emotional alt-rock songs.

In early 2010, TKOU’s line-up was completed with the addition of bassist Mike Malkin and guitarist Landis Dell. Immediately gaining local media’s critical praise and the attention of CJSW 90.9FM (to perform at its 2010 CJSW Summer Concert Series at Olympic Plaza in Calgary), the group’s diverse backgrounds, experience and talent of each member manifest both tight and intense live performances.

TKOU is currently booking shows and interviews to promote Aware. For access to press material, photos, bios, videos, music and the latest news and developments, visit www.theknowledgeofus.com. Please feel free to connect with the band on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook.

The Knowledge of Us is:
Ian Miller – Vocals/Guitar
Krista Forand – Percussion
Mike Malkin – Bass
Landis Dell – Guitar