(Photo by RSDIVA Jessica)
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.
The origins of The Knitts go back to the final years of the Knitting Factory on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles where Charlie Volkens worked in the box office while various future Knitts hung out at KF shows. Now The Knitts are made up of the brothers Volkens – Justin (Vocals) and Charlie (guitar), along with Victor Portillo (lead guitar), Jaime “Jimmy” Luque (bass) and Clare Taylor Wilkes (drums).
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 week’s time, in part because the tracks are ‘live in studio’ recordings capturing that raw energy The Knitts exude during their stage performances.
The Knitts Retreat will be available on digital and streaming formats March 3 via Knitting Factory Records.
Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of sharing the jangley, swinger “We Got Time.” Justin Volkens had this to say about it:
“‘We Got Time’ was one of the first songs we wrote together as a band. Originally written as a duet quickly evolved into a down stroking garage rock track that forever altered how we say ‘We Got Time’ in everyday conversation.”
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The Knitts website: http://www.knittsmusic.com