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“os Angeles five-piece the Knitts delivers a set of rowdy, irony-free rock and roll on its debut LP, Retreat. Opening track ‘She Likes the Idea of Gold’ manages to careen through three distinct sections in three and a half minutes, all of it confidently exuberant. That energy carries throughout the album, as even the slower tracks like ‘Sorry Sonny’ and ‘Lovers Take in Their Own’ carry a charmingly unpolished swagger.” - ALL MUSIC

"Retreat is a tightly crafted collection of tunes, bringing to mind the second-wave of Brit pop with the danceable energy of Wolf Parade and the gritty garage folk of Deer Tick. Many of their songs don’t stretch beyond three minutes but manage to make a strong impression with their pop-laden hooks and catchy choruses.” - GLIDE MAGAZINE

“On The Knitts’ new album Retreat there’s elements of folk-rock, Brit-pop, math-rock, dance music, and stuff that probably doesn’t even have a name. They’re not following anyone’s rules or being held down by anyone’s expectations—another inherited trait from their San Fernando Valley home, which presents itself not only in the genre blending, but in their inventive song structures that place instrumental breaks, time changes, and choruses—or no choruses!—wherever the hell they feel like it.” – L.A. RECORD

“Editor’s Pick: 5 stars - Timeless - We’re talking Sgt. Pepper, Beggars Banquet, Nevermind…  The Knitts have managed to translate the welcoming party feel from their live shows to this album. That same energy is carried throughout each song – with the tinge of unjaded youthful exuberance.” - SPILL MAGAZINE

“The Knitts are a quirky, fuzzy punk-ish band based in Los Angeles. Their new track, ‘Vamanos Mexico,’ has an endearing, old-fashioned feel to it, reminiscent of British indie rock.” - ALTERNATIVE PRESS MAGAZINE

“The Knitts’ ‘Sorry Sonny’ is a pleasant and boppy track that will inspire you to hit repeat. This catchy 100 second song features silky silhouette vocals, a plastic bag as a snare-drum and acoustic guitars that would make The Proclaimers proud. What more could you ask for? Turn this one up and enjoy.” - PLAY TOO MUCH

[4/5 stars] “The Knitts sound takes in a broad range of influences, from sixties psych and garage pioneers such as The Seeds, through the seventies punk rock explosion with the Ramones and onto the later power pop and indie influences such as The Strokes, all of these elements are skillfully blended on The Knitts’ debut album. Retreat is an original and impressive debut release that deserves to be heard, and it is something that I’d recommend taking some time out to experience.” - THE PUNK SITE

“Sitting comfortably somewhere between Wolf Parade, The Libertines and Deer Tick is The Knitts’ own brand of indie rock – intense, passionate and catchy with a mix of energetic guitars, anthemic choruses and pop hooks.” - THE MAD MACKEREL

“… a throwback to when alternative bands used to have a bit more balls and personality about them.” - THE SOUL OF A CLOWN

 “Retreat finds The Knitts still charmingly bratty but substantially less ratty. Armed with guitar licks wielded like kitchen knives, the album has one foot in the sticky mire of American pop-punk and the other in the lineage of U.K. punk bands ranging from the Clash to the Libertines to the Rakes, with precious little of the album falling into the currently fashionable retro-garage movement. Retreat has found a way to provoke without being predictable. - BUZZBANDS LA

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NEW NOISE MAGAZINE

Vamanos Mexico song premiere Song Premiere: The Knitts  

“Vamanos Mexico” We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of The Knitts’ new song “Vamanos Mexico” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album Retreat, which is scheduled to be released on March 3rd through Knitting Factory Records. The Knitts frontman Justin Volkens comments on the song: “‘Vamanos Mexico’ was one of those songs you hardly remember writing because the music and lyrics fit so well together that it all came together in the first try. In that same essence, we recorded it live for the album on the first try as well.”

GLIDE MAGAZINE

SONG PREMIERE: THE KNITTS KEEP IT SIMPLE AND CATCHY ON “SORRY SONNY”

In a gritty industrial area of Van Nuys, California, behind a powder-coating plant, lie a dozen neatly stacked repurposed shipping containers. One of these is ‘home’ to The Knitts, a band with a surprisingly long history and a short fuse, ready to explode onto the music scene with the release of their upcoming debut full-length album Retreat, which is out March 3rd via Knitting Factory Records.

It should come as little surprise seeing their record label, as the origins of The Knitts go back to the final years of the Knitting Factory on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. “That’s strangely how the band name came about, from Charlie’s time working the box office,” recalls Justin Volkens of his brother, Charlie Volkens’ time at the club while various future Knitts hung out at KF shows. Now The Knitts are made up of the brothers Volkens – Justin (Vocals) & Charlie (guitar), along with Victor Portillo (lead guitar), Jaime “Jimmy” Luque (bass) and Clare Taylor Wilkes (drums).

Retreat is a tightly crafted collection of tunes, bringing to mind the second-wave of Brit pop with the danceable energy of Wolf Parade and the gritty garage folk of Deer Tick. Many of their songs don’t stretch beyond three minutes but manage to make a strong impression with their pop-laden hooks and catchy choruses. Today Glide Magazine is offering an exclusive listen of the shortest song on the album, “Sorry Sonny”. Coming in at just under two minutes, the acoustically strummed tune is a simple little ditty with minimal, non-sensical lyrics that one can only assume reference a friend of the band. It’s a nugget of simple folk-rock that lingers in your head.

Frontman Justin Volkens sheds some light on the magic of the track:

“The recording of ‘Sorry Sonny’ made use of a plastic bag as the snare drum to add a different element to the recording. It was written to not have any percussions, but the sound of the plastic bag helped it maintain its intended acoustic/unplugged sound as well as add a layer a rhythm.”

L.A. RECORD

THE KNITTS - Retreat

Knitting Factory

According to the Times, L.A.’s San Fernando Valley has one of the most diverse populations in the entire country. Perhaps that explains the Knitts—a Valley band through and through—and their debut LP, a hard-to-pin down release just as eclectic as the neighborhood they hail from. “She Likes The Idea Of Gold” spins from somber piano to big anthemic chorus to instrumental break to double-time coda, and before you can get your bearings “Hold Steady Pretty Lady” switches things up with a ferocious punk energy. Before the album is over, there’s elements of folk-rock, Brit-pop, math-rock, dance music, and stuff that probably doesn’t even have a name. They’re not following anyone’s rules or being held down by anyone’s expectations—another inherited trait from their Valley home, which presents itself not only in the genre blending, but in their inventive song structures that place instrumental breaks, time changes, and choruses—or no choruses!—wherever the hell they feel like it. It shouldn’t work, but it somehow does. From the power-pop guitar and infectious, spelling bee verses of “Erotic Aquatic,” to the desert-y sidewinder feel of “Simple Folk,” there’s a punk energy and alternative heart that hold the album together, creating a cohesive and individual work that can only fit comfortably under one label: The Knitts. — Madison Desler

SPILL MAGAZINE 

Editor’s Pick: 5 stars - Timeless - We’re talking Sgt. Pepper, Beggars Banquet, Nevermind…

The Knitts - Retreat  |  Knitting Factory Records

For those of us that have been going to see The Knitts’ live shows for years now, their debut album Retreat has been a long time coming. Over 6 long years. If you HAVE been seeing them in person during that time, some of the songs will be familiar to you. If you are new to The Knitts, you’ve joined the party at a great time.

In a gritty industrial area of Van Nuys, California, behind a powder-coating plant, lie a dozen neatly stacked repurposed shipping containers. One of these is ‘home’ to The Knitts, a band with a surprisingly long history and a short fuse, ready to explode onto the music scene with the release of their debut full-length album Retreat.

The origins of The Knitts go back to the final years of the Knitting Factory on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, so it’s no surprise that this album comes via Knitting Factory Records. “That’s strangely how the band name came about, from Charlie’s time working the box office,” recalls Justin Volkens of his brother, Charlie Volkens’ time at the club while various future Knitts hung out at KF shows.  Now The Knitts are made up of the brothers Volkens – Justin (Vocals) & Charlie (guitar), along with Victor Portillo (lead guitar), Jaime “Jimmy” Luque (bass)  and Clare Taylor Wilkes (drums).

The Knitts have managed to translate the welcoming party feel from their live shows to this album. Opening with the bubbly “She Likes The Idea of Gold,” you are drawn in immediately – three and a half minutes is long for an opening track, but as you listen with your toe tapping, you won’t feel the time. That same energy is carried throughout each song – with the tinge of unjaded youthful exuberance.

Retreat delivers 12 songs well-arranged and knitted together. It’s poppy yet punkish, with a grit reminiscent of Brit-pop. The lyrics are simple, lending themselves to easy sing-alongs much like early Blink-182. My favorite song on the album is “Get Up! Get Out!” Clever lyrics like ‘you’re the one that took all my failures and turned them into love songs’ are a great anthem for what love feels like. It’s one of those songs worthy of getting up to go hit repeat.

The album concludes with the shortest song, “Sorry Sonny.” At just under two minutes, it’s a quick little ditty with perhaps the simplest of all the lyrics. I’m normally not one to listen to an entire album in one sitting, but after doing just that with Retreat, I found myself (for maybe the first time) starting the songs all over again.

PUREVOLUME.COM

Over the past half decade, Los Angeles has been fertile ground for budding garage rock and post-punk bands, meaning that The Knitts have had to scrap and claw their way into fans' psyche. But if today's Free Song of the Day is an indicator of what's to come, the quintet will rise above above the competition. "Get Up Get Out" isn't just a song, it's a call to action that describes the band's sound. Firing away with youthful exuberance, razor sharp riffs and a powerful, uptempo rhythm section, the tune shows that The Knitts' forthcoming EP will be a force to be reckoned with.

“A big part of being recognized is not doing the same thing—and isn't that what rock and roll is about?” bassist Jimmy Luque explains. “It's—about adapting and bending and breaking the rules.”

The Knitts' Simple Folk EP will be out in February via Knitting Factory Records.

ANTIMUSIC.COM

Singled Out: The Knitts' Get Up Get Out

Justin Volkens from Los Angeles-based five-piece garage-rock, post-punk band The Knitts tells us about their new single "Get Up Get Out," which will also be featured on their forthcoming "Simple Folk" EP. Here is the story:

"Get Up! Get Out!" is supposed to praise and encourage those who are brave enough to create art, and able to remove themselves from formulaic tendencies...[while] in the same breath rejecting those who still believe the world is flat.

We didn't have the money to rent a rehearsal room that day [we wrote the song] so to the park with acoustics and a keyboard we went. We had established the core of what is now 'Get Up! Get Out!' throughout that one day.

The hardest part however, was trying to write a groovy, sexy song, while gleefully relaxing in the grass of Reseda Park. Within the next couple of days we managed to get into a studio and play it with a full drum set, electric guitars and VOILA!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the band and the EP, which will be released in February via Knitting Factory Records, right here!

BROADWAYWORLD.COM

Los Angeles Band The Knitts Reveal New Single 'Get Up Get Out'

THE KNITTS--the Los Angeles-based five-piece garage-rock, post-punk band--recently launched their new single "Get Up Get Out" via BUZZBANDS.LA (12/9).

The new track-described by the site's Kevin Bronson as "...a post-punker with a throbbing bass line and stabbing/scrawling guitars..."--is the band's lead single from their upcoming EP, due out early 2016 (title and release date TBA). Bronson further noted: "Young L.A. quintet the Knitts have been sharpening their licks for a couple of years now, making garage-rock-cum-post-punk that sizzles with the defiance of youth."

List Since forming in 2011, THE KNITTS--Charlie Volkens (guitars), Justin Volkens(vocals, ukulele), Jaime "Jimmy" Luque (guitars), Victor Portillo (bass) and Brandon Sinclair (drums)--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 matureKNITTS, 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 Volkenssings, "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, f**k-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 KNITTS just wrapped up recording their debut album--produced by Michael Leonhart (Grammy-winning musicians and former Steely Dan trumpeter, who earned a Grammy nomination for "Best Jazz Vocal Album of the Year")-which will be released later in 2016. Look for an EP from THE KNITTS to arrive in the first half of the new year.

REVENTMEDIA.COM

Los Angeles band THE KNITTS Reveal New Single “Get Up Get Out”‏

LOS ANGELES GARAGE-ROCK, POST-PUNK QUINTET

THE KNITTS

NEW SINGLE “GET UP GET OUT”

OFF NEW EP DUE EARLY 2016

THE KNITTS (L-R): Jaime “Jimmy” Luque (guitars), Brandon Sinclair (drums), Justin Volkens (vocals, ukulele), Victor Portillo (bass) and Charlie Volkens (guitars) / Credit: Hadas

Listen │ “Get Up Get Out”

THE KNITTS–the Los Angeles-based five-piece garage-rock, post-punk band–recently launched their new single “Get Up Get Out” via BUZZBANDS.LA (12/9). The new track-described by the site’s Kevin Bronson as “…a post-punker with a throbbing bass line and stabbing/scrawling guitars…”–is the band’s lead single from their upcoming EP, due out early2016 (title and release date TBA). Bronson further noted: “Young L.A. quintet the Knitts have been sharpening their licks for a couple of years now, making garage-rock-cum-post-punk that sizzles with the defiance of youth.”

Listen “Get Up Get Out” on the band’s SoundCloudhere:https://soundcloud.com/theknitts/getupgetout.

Since forming in 2011, THE KNITTS–Charlie Volkens (guitars), Justin Volkens(vocals, ukulele), Jaime “Jimmy” Luque (guitars), Victor Portillo (bass) and Brandon Sinclair(drums)–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 likeCold 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 matureKNITTS, 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, f**k-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 singerVolkens splitting his time on the stage with a ukulele in hand and riding above his fans when crowd surfing.

THE KNITTS just wrapped up recording their debut album–produced by Michael Leonhart(Grammy-winning musicians and former Steely Dan trumpeter, who earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Vocal Album of the Year”)-which will be released later in 2016.  Look for an EP from THE KNITTS to arrive in the first half of the new year.