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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.”
About The Knitts:
In a gritty industrial area of Van Nuys, California, behind a powder-coating plant, lie a dozen neatly stacked re-purposed 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.
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).
The Knitts, 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. “A big part of being recognized is not doing the same thing,” Justin explains, “and isn’t that what rock and roll is about? It’s about adapting, bending and breaking the rules.”
The band had spent five years playing the show circuit, releasing multiple EPs and singles before linking up with producer and Grammy Award winner Michael Leonhart (Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Yoko Ono, Steely Dan) and engineer Pierre De Reeder (Rilo Kiley) to record Retreat. Recording took place in North Hollywood and Brooklyn, NY within a weeks time, in part because the tracks are ‘live in studio’ recordings capturing that raw energy The Knitts exude during their stage performances.
LA Weekly describes The Knitts’ sounds as “a brash, West Coast take on the guitar-driven yet danceable rock of second-wave Brit-pop bands like The Libertines and Franz Ferdinand.”