The Knocks: Feel Good Feel Great
Bipolar Sunshine, Gilligan Moss
Thu, March 23, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
This event is 18 and over
Royale is general admission standing room only. Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 888-929-7849. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box Office (Cambridge, MA) Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.http://www.boweryboston.com/event/1384247/
Working out of their bedrooms, The Knocks remixed Jay-Z’s entire American Gangster album in two days, calling it American G-Funk. With remixes for Katy Perry and Passion Pit soon following, the Knocks were declared one of the “20 hottest producers in music” by NME and quickly became synonymous with a certain warm, retro-future, disco-kissed touch. Future stars like Ellie Goulding and Icona Pop took note of the Knocks, asking them to produce for their own projects.
They put our their first big hit in 2010 with the filter-house party anthem “Dancing With the DJ”, and toured the UK with Sleigh Bells and DJ Shadow. Opening for Ellie Goulding on her US debut tour in 2011 and playing the main stage at Ultra in 2012, B-Roc and JPatt were a bridge between the indie dance world and the mainstream market.
They recently hit a touchstone with “Classic,” a seductive track that whips up the sun-drenched sense of endless celebration. Fetty Wap jumped on for a guest verse, as befits the way the Knocks style synthesizes anything with energy: hip-hop, soul, house, disco and pop. Their new album 55 is a resolutely DIY dance album that pulses with the heart of the city. It opens with none other than Cam’ron, Wyclef Jean comes out of nowhere, Carly Rae Jepsen takes a house diva turn, and Alex Newell aims his high range like a trigger in SPIN’s Best-101-of-2015 pick “Collect My Love”. It’s an album laced with disco magic and hiphop flow; it’s built for a crowd, but first it has to pass a bar that’s internal. “Would I spin this?” the Knocks still ask each other, every time they cut a track. They’ll be spinning this one for years.
basslines. Their goal is to make music that could soundtrack an Ewok dance party as easily as it could a solitary walk home.
The project began with Evan, who anonymously started posting his music to Soundcloud in 2013. His first single “Choreograph” caught a wave of blog buzz, eventually hitting #1 on the Hype Machine charts. On the success of this single and a remix for Glass Animals’ “Gooey,” he took to writing a batch of tunes and the resulting Ceremonial EP was released in August 2015 via AMF Records, an imprint of Virgin EMI.
When asked to go on the road in support of Glass Animals in late 2015, he asked Ben to join him for the live rig. Once tour came to a close, they began writing together, rekindling the spark that formed all those years ago in pre- school. They have done remixes for the likes of Sia, Banks, Tegan & Sara and their second EP is expected in mid-2017. For the past few months, the duo has been camped out in the woods in upstate New York, perfecting the perfect dance party for the squirrels and birds that surround their studio.
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