American hardcore powerhouse Knocked Loose are experienced with tearing shit up under their main profession, but quarantine from the coronavirus pandemic has thrust a mellower hobby upon them. Drummer Kevin Kaine shared a link over the weekend for fans to purchase homemade scented candles, with flavours ranging from pumpkin souffle to fresh linen. You can even pick up a flannel oriented one – head here to check out the store.
“I’m excited to shed a little light on a new found hobby I’ve picked up during isolation”, Kaine explained on Instagram. “If you know me well, you know I love scented candles. I’ve spent some time making them and have a few to smell and a few to share”. We see an uptake in candle-related merch in hardcore’s future.
Knocked Loose dropped their sophomore album, A Different Shade of Blue, last year to great praise from the scene and reverence for the modern hardcore release. The record was produced by the iconic and far-reaching Will Putney (Every Time I Die, In Hearts Wake, Northlane). Like many, Knocked Loose’s good intentions to tour the well-received LP weren’t able to overcome the obstacle of social distancing being introduced in response to the global health crisis, though they did have the chance to make a run at Australia earlier in the year with a stint on the Unify bill before the chaos unfurled.
It’s not the first stroke of creativity in new ventures that we’ve seen from the industry as the unprecedented COVID-19 situation foils touring plans. Underoath/The Almost’s Aaron Gillespie launched his own online store to sell rarities to fans including handwritten lyrics, Thursday admirably converted their old merch into personal protective equipment and veteran metal photographer Nathaniel Shannon kickstarted an auction to support tour crews in hardship due to the pandemic.