We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Bent Knee’s live performance video of their song “Paper Earth” (watch it below). You can also check out the band’s album Land Animal, which is available through InsideOut Music. You can purchase the album here.
Chris Baum of Bent Knee commented on the live performance:
Bent Knee’s ethos has always revolved heavily around collaboration, so when Judd Greenstein (New Amsterdam Records) asked us if we’d like to write new work for the band and a contemporary chamber ensemble, it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. After months of brainstorming, writing, and workshopping ideas with Samuel Solomon and the Boston Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, Paper Earth premiered in Zurich, Switzerland at the Apples and Olives Festival before making its US debuts at Celebrity Series’ Stave Sessions in Boston and the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York. The thirty-minute, six-movement song cycle’s thematic crux revolves around how memory continuously alters our present. The concert film was captured live at Berklee College of Music in Boston. We’re extraordinarily grateful to the musicians, to Judd, to Sam, to the production team, and to the commissioning festivals for bringing this music into the world. ‘Paper Earth’ marks a new artistic direction for the band, and it’s a project we’re immensely proud of.
Catch the band on tour by checking out their upcoming tour dates here.
About the band:
Bent Knee formed in 2009 as a democratic collective determined to push the boundaries of pop and rock. Lead singer and keyboardist Courtney Swain’s soaring vocals are instantly arresting. Guitarist Ben Levin is one of the most dynamic and versatile guitarists around, shifting between the raging and raucous to the sublime and meditative. Bassist Jessica Kion and drummer Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth combine into an enthralling rhythm section that’s equal parts powerhouse and nuance. Violinist Chris Baum’s kinetic violin work provides drama, grace and intrigue. World-class producer and live sound designer Vince Welch weaves it all together with a captivating, expert touch.
The band has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Its last two albums, 2016’s Say So and 2014’s Shiny Eyed Babies, were hailed as significant art-rock achievements. The group has performed hundreds of shows across the world to date. During the fall of 2016, the band played for ecstatic audiences as an opener for the U.S. leg of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s farewell tour.
Top photo by Rich Ferri