"Butterknife's Do The Needful is an exceptional collection of emotionally unsettling power pop. It's the sound of a relationship exposing its flaws... these songs are polished gems."
"Delightful power chord pop... Butterknife is reminding their fans and new listeners that deep down, there's more profundity and potential, even if it's under a pop-punk guise."
Music blog features Do the Needful on their Feb 10th Free Music Friday, says "This is simply five tracks of straightforward powerpop that does everything that powerpop should: snappy songs with catchy guitar riffs, punchy drums and good vocal harmonies."
"The new EP features 5 superbly crafted pop songs filled with massive hooks and strong melodies... 'Restless' has it all, in terms of razor-sharp guitar pop songs, simply the kind of song that you must hear repeatedly at high volume.... [Butterknife is] forging ahead and delivering an EP of smart and engaging pop songs that you should probably tell your friends about."
"Butterknife has chemistry to say the least. At the bar they are the guys next door, and yet become rock stars as soon as they step on stage. Kieran had said a few times, 'We are as un-rock n' roll as it gets... Music is my golf.'"
"Eleven months from now, when everyone's busy trying to one-up each other with their Best of 2012 lists, two records that got the release party treatment on the same Saturday night in late January should be among the rare consistencies in everyone's Top Whatevers." - referring to Do the Needful, and Coyote Kolb's United State
"The bass provides some meat and an undercurrent, while the guitar's interjections spice up the song's world in shimmering distortion... '$100' shows a band that has heapin' helpins of both style and soul."
Impecabbly chapeau'd Richard Bouchard from Boston Band Crush interviews us about the recording of Do the Needful and other odds and ends.
"... [Butterknife] is back with this vicious EP. It's amazing how much a bass, guitar, and drums can do, especially when dripping in feedback and mixed well. Do The Needful will, if you let it, take over your stereos for a while, and become that album you return to whenever you crave that sound."
"Unwound" from onetworeadygo. included in the JDDCE's favorites of 2011 show.
"'Restless'... the third track off upcoming record Do The Needul is as catchy as Wes Welker." (it's the fourth track, but we'll let that slide.)
"New record Do the Needful shows a cohesive unit teetering on the brink of power-pop without getting too obnoxious about it, reminding us that there's nothing wrong with straight-up no-frills rock and roll with soul."
"Butterknife will be on hand to help them out with some of the best power pop in town. These guys do it up proper, crafting well-structured melodies that fill the room with delight. We'd wager that there aren't many bands that have as much fun playing live as these gentlemen and that joy is infectious."
"...hard to listen to the flaring guitars of 'Unwound' or the heartfelt sentiments of 'Twinstar' without tapping your toes and singing along... at its core it's a delightful album filled with songs that one grows to thoroughly enjoy more with each spin."
"...their hard-edged rock-pop stylings succeed more often than not, and excel on three numbers: the dreamy 'Over Chicago', the staccato but hook-laden 'I Will Spiral', and especially the brilliantly clamorous, radio-ready 'Laser.' A very promising debut from a band to watch."
"...'Unwound' has a fairly energetic and heroic sound to it. Its state of perpetual motion is brought on by the interplay between the explosive drums and the crunchy-yet-ringing (how do you do that?) guitar-orchestra that provides most of the sound. 'Unwound' is an infusion of energy that has pep to spare."
"A great power-pop band."