The Knew on how playing what you want and taking the "less-thinking road" is always the best

See also: - Profile: The Knew never really set out to find success - The Knew (CD release) at the Lion's Lair, 8/24-8/25 - The Knew at Wax Trax with the Outfit, 8/24

The Knew has been kicking around Denver for roughly eight years, having played its first show on New Talent Night at Herman's Hideaway in 2005. Since then, the quartet has carved a bit of a niche for itself as strong rock-and-roll band, respected not just for its solid songwriting, but also for the manner in which these guys conduct themselves about town. If you've been around long enough, you've probably bumped into either singer/guitarist Jacob Hansen, guitarist Tyler Breuer, bassist Tim Rynders or drummer Patrick Bowden at a show, and, if so, you know the guys are always engaging. The band's music could be described as power pop akin to the sort of thing Billy Bragg or the Clash might do, but without the emphasis on politics and less grounded in folk.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.