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Ep. 036: Knapsack w/ Blair Shehan

By Mike Doyle

Knapsack formed in 1993 by band members Blair Shehan and Colby Mancasola who were 2 high school friends that went to UC Davis. They released 3 full-length albums which were Silver Sweepstakes, Day 3 of My New Life and This Conversation Is Ending Starting Right Now. I fell in love with this band when my buddy Christopher James Barker played me Diamond Mine off of Day 3 of my new life. I always felt that the first 4 songs of that record were perfect but I would just play songs 1-4. When This Conversation is Ending Starting Right Now came out, I played that whole fucking thing on repeat for weeks. The album is flawless. Needless to say, I was fucking fired up when Blair was down to get on a call so I could ask him questions about the band. Here is what we talked about: His love of hardcore music How they got on Alias Records Touring while being in college His thoughts on the first record Did they or did they not play the Warped Tour at Action Park in NJ in 97 Getting Sergie in the band How he writes a song How he typically feels when one of his records comes out Where that signature yell comes from Jealous Sound And a ton more You can hear his new band here - Racquet Club Before we begin, this week’s episode is sponsored by my book that has nothing to do with punk rock. It’s called “I’ll eventually like kids when they’re older” and is a compilation of daily comics I’ve been drawing and uploading to Instagram for over a year. This is a great gift for the holidays as a coffee table book or for bathroom reading. You can check it out by going to I also have a link for it on Feel free to follow the Instagram at yourdailybred. If you’d like to support the podcast you can donate as little as $1 a month through Patreon by going to and click on the button at the top of the page that says Click HERE FOR BONUS MATERIAL. As a Patron you get access to bonus material that regular podcast subscribers do not.  OR you can do a one time donation by click the DONATE button. OR you don’t have to donate shit and just keep listening each week. Feel free to subscribe, leave a review and share this with anyone who would love some nostalgia. With that said, let’s get started.

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