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    L.A.-BASED BAND THE KNITTS TO RELEASE THEIR DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM “RETREAT” MARCH 3RD VIA KNITTING FACTORY RECORDS

    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. “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.

    The Knitts Retreat will be available on digital and streaming formats March 3rd, 2017 via Knitting Factory Records.

    MORE INFO ON THE KNITTS:
    http://www.knittsmusic.com
    https://www.facebook.com/theknitts

    MORE INFO ON KNITTING FACTORY RECORDS:
    http://www.knittingfactoryrecords.com

    MEDIA & INTERVIEW REQUESTS:
    Tony Bonyata
    Pavement PR
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  • Here’s what people are saying about The Knitts:

    • “... a brash, West Coast take on the guitar-driven yet danceable rock of second-wave Brit-pop bands like The Libertines and Franz Ferdinand.” - L.A. WEEKLY
    • "'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
    • "The Knitt's "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
    • "In the Los Angeles five-piece’s brash, hooky gems, you’ll find the energy, passion, and fun of your misspent youth." - THE OWL MAGAZINE
    • "Los Angeles band The Knitts are a young band, but the sound is the proverbial wise beyond their years. This is garage rock the way you always WANTED garage rock to be – so cancel all your notions of 'garage rock'.” - BLURT MAGAZINE
    • "With a distinct sound inspired by a blend of punk and rock, The Knitts is a band to watch." - SPILL MAGAZINE