Troubadour & SHP Present:
The Knitts, Golly Gee Whiz, Them Guns, Concrete Rivers, Jamie Alimorad
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
They are young and feisty, they don’t follow the rules, but not because they’re rebelling as much as they haven’t had time to learn the rules. They’re not on the grid, don’t play to click tracks, don’t know how to work a sampler or program a drum machine. They don’t growl or scream, they sing. They’re not choreographed, they move. They don’t pose, they just smile and laugh.
Musically, the band claims their music is akin to the Stones and Misfits having a kid but letting their estranged uncles Led Zeppelin and the Clash raise it. Cute, but perhaps a little inaccurate, a description that makes that band seem harder than they are. They rock, but only as it comes, one step at a time, never a full-on onslaught. What would you expect from a band whose principal songwriter works out the majority of the song structures on a ukulele?
The story of the Knitts begins summer 2010 when Eddie, the bass player, told his two friends Justin Volkens and Johnny Luna that he had a dream the three of them formed a band. The guys thought that was a real hoot, and—typical of the way their brains work—also figured that was reason enough to form an actual band. They were already buddies and enjoyed partying together (one of the Knitts’ all “consuming” passions), so isn’t that reason enough to start a band?
Johnny took to the drums, Eddie picked up the bass, and Justin became the singer and played organ/synthesizer. Songs started coming and the guys were really enjoying their new creative outlet. Justin moved from Koreatown back to Uptown (eh, the San Fernando Valley) and roomed with his brother, Charlie. Charlie was already playing guitar, so he was asked to join up. With Charlie and Justin living together, the two minute songs were coming down the assembly line quite rapidly. Victor Portillo joined in short order to play more guitar (just so long as it was drenched in reverb) and the band was completed.
As to the name, Charlie worked box office at the now defunct Knitting Factory nightclub in Hollywood. Since the musicians were (a) looking to be inspired and learn from live band shows, and, (b) broke most of the time, Charlie provided free entry into the gateway drug known as Hollywood live music nightlife. The guys became weekend regulars and the club was a home-away-from-home, to the point where they felt like mascots, so they adopted a variation on the venue’s name as their own band name. Not exactly the Apollos or Roxy Music, but you get the idea.
Now, the fully-formed Knitts is leaving the safety of the practice room and building a following around Los Angeles and beyond. Their evolving sound is a blend of their favorites, such as The Hives to Arctic Monkeys to The Shins to Joy Division. But mainly it sounds like the Knitts, and it doesn’t lean very heavily on t
Golly Gee Whiz
Golly Gee Whiz had its beginning in the summer of 2010. First members Oli and Erica planned on working on a music project for the whole year. Then, Oli moved to Arizona whilst Erica stayed in Cali. They kept writing, preparing for when they would meet up again.
Then, in October of 2011, added members Jennalyn and Makoto made the band come to life.
Now in 2012 with a new drummer Alex, Golly Gee Whiz is writing and composing music as a Rock/Indie band that has some punk moments as well as some awesome metal riffs.
Expect Ep's soon and many Albums to come.
Jamie Alimorad has been a solo artist since 2008. He has been performing at the Boston college scene and the local club scene in the Boston area. He graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelors of science in music technology in 2010.
His first EP, Cornerstone was released in September 2010 to rave reviews. The four songs on this EP, “What You Have”, “She Is….”, “In Her Smile” all peaked #1 on the Indie 104 Top 40 chart and “Stay With Me” peaked at #3. “She Is….” Was the most played song in the history of iRadio LA.
Jamie Alimorad is proud to add to these accolades with the release of the long awaited CD Words Left Unsaid which will be set to launch in April 2012. The lead single on it new CD is “Dancing With You”. It is about realizing there’s no better feeling than being with the one you love. It has a pop/rock rhythm to it, a great dance beat and hot vocals.
The songs on Words Left Unsaid are strategically laid out to stay in step with the storyline. The energy of these songs are fun and full of happy joyful tunes. They capture the essence of this artist, creating, clean fun sing-along music that everyone in this world really needs.
Stay tuned for more pre-releases from this long awaited CD. It will also be available in both digital and physical formats.
Jamie Alimorad has achieved much in his life.
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