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KNUCKLES AND NIPPLES; FAST MUSIC FROM KENT OHIO (CIRCA 2006)

I lived in a place called “The Yellow House” in Kent, Ohio. It was basically a party/show house that hosted a lot of awesome punk rock and hip hop. We had people like Kill The Hippies, Vel, Ceschi, and more play the basement. One day I saw a dude in my living room with a DRI tattoo. I was a bit astonished and immediately had to find out who this guy was. His name was Doug, and he was actually from just outside Youngstown. He was a Japanese major at Kent and loved grindcore. Hell yes. We needed to start a band.


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We recruited a rotating cast of guitarists, with Doug on drums and me on vocals. The band was named Knuckles and Nipples after two characters from Toxic Avenger. We immediately started playing shows and raising hell. Our shows consisted of me dropping the mic and usually grabbing people from the crowd to scream the lyrics at and shock. Knucks went on the Kent radio and told people to have sex without condoms and be like Eazy E. We got banned from skateparks but and most importantly just had fun. I really liked to start shit. The music wasn’t played with mind blowing proficiency but we enjoyed it. Sloppy power violence/grind with seven minute sets that left people saying “what the fuck just happened”. I did my best Spazz style vocals and Doug carried us with blast beats.

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Knuckles and Nipples never broke up and never will. We have both moved away but when the mood strikes, we play a show every few years. Long live the Nips!

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