Band o’ the Week: Knapsack

Well, here’s another that is probably obscure to the majority of you.  I found these guys a little more tolerable than Mae.  Though I’m not sure about the name… here’s Knapsack!


Knapsack was formed in 1993 after high school chums Blair Shehan and Colby Mancasola decided to start up a band while at the University of California, Davis.  The band released a total of 3 albums from 1995 – 1998 along with a couple of compilations and singles.  The band broke up in 2000 and lead singer and founding member Shehan went on to make The Jealous Sound.

The band reminds me a lot of a band that I listened to quite a bit in high school.  It’s a small band you may have heard of called the Goo Goo Dolls.  Shehan’s gravely voice, the simplistic and repetitive guitar riffs and the emo-pop style is quite similar to that of songs like “Iris” and “Long Way Down” which anyone who has a radio has heard.

I have to admit that I enjoyed these guys and have gone on to listen to The Jealous Sound to see if it is as good or better than Knapsack.  It may end up in the BotW lineup in the near future, who knows.

If you enjoy bands like the Goo Goo Dolls or Third Eye Blind you would probably enjoy listening to Knapsack.  Their music is quite simple yet easy to listen to and many people can probably relate to the meanings behind some of their songs.  I am going to give these guys 3 peanuts out of 5.  Worth listening to for sure, but sounds a lot like many bands popular in the 90s.



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