Bloody Death Skull, New American
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042
This event is 21 and over
Garage rock quintet The Knitts have graduated to the big leagues. Since first launching in 2011, The Knitts have honed their skills on the stage and in the studio via endless shows throughout the indie circuit of greater Los Angeles and a handful of releases. Their sound was birthed and nurtured in North Hollywood, the Valley as the locals call it, but their style and aesthetic is uniquely L.A.
For proof, sip on their latest single, "Get Up Get Out," which follows in the footsteps of Los Angeles rock royalty like Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jane's Addiction and Haim. Reflecting an artistic graduation for the group, "Get Up Get Out" sees a more mature Knitts, with an evolved songwriting skill set, a clearer sense of self, and an impressive cannon of life experience for a band so young. Take, for example, the track's lyrics. When lead vocalist/keyboardist/primary songwriter Justin Volkens sings, "I started young thinking patience is virtue/Now it seems my cards have been dealt/You're the type that took all my failures/And turned them into love songs," it comes from a place built on heartache and pain.
The track itself is a bold take on garage rock and post-punk, with aggressive guitars and a punk rock, fuck-you attitude. Its charged, jumping chorus is melodic enough to inspire sing-along sessions yet angry enough to ignite bar fights and mosh pits, an energy perfectly brought to life via the track's youth revolt of a music video. This juxtaposition of nice and naughty heard on "Get Up Get Out" is a perfection reflection of their live shows, which often sees singer Volkens splitting his time on the stage with a ukulele in hand and riding above his fans when crowd surfing.
The current iteration of The Knitts embodies the final form of the rock rookies following a few lineup changes during their formative years at the former Hollywood music venue, The Knitting Factory, from which they adopted their name. Composed largely of the Volkens clan, the group features big brother Charlie on guitar, middle brother Justin on vocals, and baby half-bro Brandon Saige Sinclair-Volkens on drums, with lead guitarist Victor Portillo and bassist Jaime "Jimmy" Luque rounding out the band.
The band self-released their 2013 debut EP, Gutterboy, a collection of songs recorded in a matter of days. It marked the beginning story of these budding artists ready to leave their mark. Currently, the band is preparing their next project, the Simple Folk EP, out spring 2016 on Knitting Factory Records and featuring lead single "Get Up Get Out," which sees the group flexing the songwriting prowess they've been grooming for the past four years.
Now, with power single "Get Up Get Out" in tow and a newfound level of buzz lighting a fire underneath the collective creative unit, The Knitts are making their voice heard. And it's loud and clear: The Knitts are one must-watch, must-listen, must-experience act impossible to ignore.
—John Ochoa, 2015
Bloody Death Skull
This band was raised on Wild Kingdom and televised space shuttle launches. They sing about fun things like their favorite movies, science and the cosmos, flirting with boys, and understanding the prostitute psyche. Sometimes they cover songs, usually romantic numbers.
Musically, the band swirls together ukulele with whatever sounds, toys and instruments they enjoy into a pleasant, lo-fi pop sound, rooted in the sort of fun, sappy, playful and sneaky tunes you find in late-50s American Rock and Soul. Visually, the outfits, toys, lights and bubbling test tubes are a feast. It's a PBS daycare playset. And physically, well, they're a very attractive band too.
"The band's self-labeled "creative absurdity" is subtle in the same manner circus music is creepy yet supernaturally enticing. Underneath the young girl coos, xylophones, ukulele, bells and shakers making it an interesting swirl of doo-wop, folk and punk, Feuer sings about anything she wishes no matter how morbid, naughty, or awkward it may be.—Buzzbands
"Ramshackle, disorientingly dreamy folk"—Amoebablog
"Tin pan Dali"—American Pancake
"Psychedelic folk anarchy"—Don Bolles, The Germs
"No-boundaries, experimental ukelele-enforced pop"—Indie Rock Reviews
"Mock dirgy sock-hop…Imagine Wednesday Addams all grown up and kicking Kate Bush all over the lot." —L.A. Record