Since its release, "MANIC" has garnered critical acclaim. New Noise Magazine called it the "most important record of 2016" because of its forward-thinking lyrical content. Chicago's own Reckless Record's hails "MANIC" as a "songwriting masterpiece for instrumentation & lyricism." The record also earned the band a personal invitation to play Belgium's Groezrock Festival in April of 2016, one of Europe's top ten rock festivals.
Speaking on the signing, the band said, “Joining the Bullet Tooth family is a dream come true for KNOCKOUT KID. Having grown up on bands from Josh and Bullet Tooth, it’s only right that they release our most ambitious album to date. The future has never been brighter.”
Knockout Kid will release their followup to "MANIC" in late 2019.