Such an honor to have “Knock Knock Get Up” included on this list of “hometown heroes!”
“The fourth time was the charm for this indie-folk band anchored by David Wax and Suz Slezak. Their first three albums as David Wax Museum were sweet enough, but on “Knock Knock Get Up” they stretched and aligned all the elements that make them such a joy in concert. Producer Sam Kassirer drew out the inherent chemistry Wax and Slezak share; Wax is the heart of the band, but Slezak is its soul. Never have they sounded so compelling as on “Will You Be Sleeping?” and “Wondrous Love,” a pair of bookends that capture what makes this album so special.”
“Knock Knock Get Up” was picked alongside The Avett Brothers, Taylor Swift, & Leonard Cohen. Another great reason to love Milwaukee!
“Instead of writing yet another banjo solo or belting out one more “ho hey” chorus, the bands riding the folk revival movement could stand to explore some new ground. The Massachusetts-based David Wax Museum has done just that, blending easy-listening Americana with exotic sounds of Mexican folk brought to life by mariachi trumpets and a quijada, made from a donkey’s jawbone, among other colorful instruments. It’s the kind of novel direction in which the genre needs to be headed.”
Best track: “Harder Before It Gets Easier”
A big thanks to ChunkyGlasses for including “Knock Knock Get Up” on its’ list!
“There are moments in any and all band’s careers that you can point to and say “That’s it. That’s where they found themselves” and Knock Knock Get Up is that record. Sure the donkey jawbone is still a prescient force in this set, but chief songwriter David Wax pulled ever so gently away from his exploration of Mexican folk to make room for some more modern influences and in the process found his balance as a songwriter.” – Kevin
“Mexifolk-laden, multi-instrumental songs not only have an amazing feel to each and every freaking one of them, but the lyrics are something that only a really smart dude could come up with – a really smart dude from Harvard, as it turns out.” – Carrie
If you don’t already have the album, you can get it here!