RSR PC 073 The Knife Kickers, John & Ryan

John Zaccaria writes music as The Knife Kickers. Friends fill out the band; it is a rotating cast with John at the center. Ryan Prushinski helped with the latest record that is set to come out in early 2024. Ryan played drums on just over half the songs (he also drums in Doom Beach who’ve been on the pod before; click here for that) and produced/engineered the recording of the album.

John and Ryan of the Knife Kickers
John in the foreground and Ryan in the back

We talk to John and Ryan about the new record, playing music in general and how the local indie rock scene gave way to his musical journey. We have the privilege of playing a few songs from the new album (one in full at the end of the interview and a couple partial songs in the mix of the interview).

Check out previous material here:


The Knife Kickers “Let’s Pretend It’s The First Time” Where Does All The Dust Come From? (Self-Released)

Die Selektion “Der Grundstein” Zeuge aus Licht (Der Katalog)
Eye “Mata El Meta” Honolulu/Saigon (Knekelhuis)
Soft Vein “Leash” Pressed In Glass (Artoffact)
Tara Clerkin Trio “The Turning Ground” On The Turning Ground (World of Echo)
London Brew “Mor Ning Prayers” London Brew (Concord Jazz / Downtown)

Realize “Oblivion In Their Eyes” Two Human Minutes (To Live A Lie)
Satchel Bearer “The Oak of Our Fathers” The Dead Leaves Strew The Forest Walk (Dungeons Deep Records)
Atrium Of Time “The Garden of Endless Sleep (Scummed with Rushes and Sedge Below)” Atrium Of Time (Dungeons Deep Records)
Vatican Shadow “Destroy Chemical Weapons” Destroy Chemical Weapons (Hospital Productions)

John Zaccaria:
Community College “Blue Fizz” Schmomco (Julia’s War Recordings)

Ryan Prushinski:
Great Falls “Born As An Argument” Objects Without Pain (Neurot Recordings)

The Knife Kickers “Big Soft Floral Rug” (From the upcoming record!)

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