Knoup Presents

Knoup Presents

King Washington (10:15 PM)

Faulkner (9:30 PM)

Wildling (8:45 PM)

Hamster (8:00 PM)

Sat, July 8, 2017

7:30 pm

Adv tix $12.00 / DOS tix $18.00

This event is all ages

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King Washington - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
King Washington
Drawing from diverse influences such as Grizzly Bear, The Crash Kings, The Talking Heads, The Beatles and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Los Angeles’ own King Washington are in the midst of creating the New California sound. By fusing classic vocal harmonies and lyrical melodies with a contemporary approach to songwriting, the band has created a unique sound that is as creative as it is familiar.

The new album sees members Tyson Kelly (guitar, keys, vocals), George Krikes (lead guitar, vocals), and Billy Lee (bass, vocals) joined by David Contreras on drums. With two albums behind them, and a tour history that includes playing over 150 shows across the US since 2014 (sharing the stage with the likes of The Artic Monkeys, Collective Soul, and Ambrosia), King Washington plans on continuing the trend of blowing audiences away across the nation... as one of LA Weekly's top live shows in Los Angeles.

The band is currently on a 7 week record release tour due back to LA in June followed by a UK tour in the fall. The album, Potential, is due out May 19, with the pre-order launching March 31 for digital, CD, and vinyl.
Faulkner - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Faulkner
“Someone’s naked, no one is listening, everything is smoke and haze,” sings Lucas Asher on the title track “These Kids Nowadays” for the debut Faulkner Ep “REVANCHIST.”“The starting point for this album was listening to Wu Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers on repeat in Brooklyn,” says Asher “Also, I’ve slept with the ’48 laws of power’ under my pillow for the last three years.”The result is six hypnotically subversive songs, with contributions from producers RZA, JP Bowersock (The Strokes) and Mark Needham (The Killers) recorded at Rick Rubin’s house. Since Faulkner emerged, the bi-coastal rockers landed an unfinished demo of their song “NY Anthem” in the hands of RZA, the Wu-Tang Clan mastermind. Faulkner captured the hip hop God’s interest, leading to their first major collaboration, which can be heard at the New York Yankees home games. . But New York isn’t the only place giving them love. Emphasizing the term “bi-coastal,” the rockers have also been featured on iconic L.A. radio station KROQ with their single “Revolutionary” at well over two million plays on YouTube...

“This record is a soundtrack from the times I lived on the streets in New York after running away as an orphan in my teens and experiencing the harsh realities of a dislocated childhood,” says Asher. Lyrically, the Ep balances revenge themes and overtones with soaring anthems (the defiantly charged “All I Wear Is Black,” and the Machiavellian “Keep Your Enemies Closer”, is a prime example). “We have a clear vision and consistent theme,” bassist Dimitri Farougias explains.“Perhaps this vision developed because the band “organically came together as friends,” says drummer Christian Hogan. “the musical chemistry between co-producer and member Eric Scullin establishes an undeniable chemistry. All Faulkner members are hands on with all sides of the creative presentation, they direct their own music videos (In monochrome) and have a vision for the images and theme as an extension of the music storyline. “Ideas are all we care about. Good ones and bad ones,” Says Asher, “One of my biggest influences is Lou Reed and he said “you may be drawing a circle for the thousandth time, but maybe it’s a slightly better circle.” All Faulkner is trying to do is draw a slightly better circle."
Wildling - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Wildling
When looking back on everything, it seems like an extraordinary chain of events.

As the story goes, Los Angeles alternative rock band Wildling performed their first official show at The Satellite, landed a coveted month-long residency at the same spot, toured North America with Young The Giant, and inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records within the course of a year. Along the way, the group received high-profile syncs including two Donna Karan fragrance commercials, EA Sports NHL 16, and ABC's Nashville.

However, it wasn't just serendipity or fortuity as brothers Ryan Levine [vocals, guitar] and Justin Levine [bass], Andrew Ampaya [keyboard], Erik Janson [guitar], and Casey Brothers [drums] each respectively devoted a lifetime thus far to music, logging countless hours working towards that dream.

So, how the hell did it happen?

"It really began with a song," answers Ryan. "'Hummingbird' was the catalyst that kind of set everything in motion..."

Prior to Wildling, Ryan and Andrew played in a band signed to a major label, but the band got caught in the ubiquitous label regime change that unfortunately meant the music never got a proper chance. "We kept working and writing together, but it felt like we were treading water," recalls Ryan. "That's what it felt like for a solid three years."

During that same time period, Ryan had met Erik at the prestigious ASCAP Lester Still workshop. The two immediately connected and started writing together, bonding over their shared influences from Roxy Music and Talking Heads to Danger Mouse and Gorillaz. "We created a lot of music over the course of a year," explains Erik. "Neither of us really knew what that would become, but we just knew we loved writing and producing together."

In 2014 while still a duo, Ryan and Andrew recorded "Hummingbird" together and watched it instantly become a Los Angeles favorite. For the first time in a long time they felt some real momentum, and while the two had already been working under the name Wildling, it became clear they now needed the band to go along with it. After recruiting Ryan's younger brother Justin to play bass, Erik was the next logical ask. "Erik had really become a part of the family over the course of that year," says Ryan. "We're all from the same Southern California suburb, all grew up on the same music, with the same dreams. So it just made sense to bring him into the fold of Wildling." With four of five members in place, Ryan took the suggestion of Young The Giant frontman Sameer Gadhia and met with Casey the day after the drummer exited his previous band Cayucas. From there, the lineup solidified for that fateful night at the Satellite...

"It's a very LA story," laughs Ryan. "You're trying to do everything you can to stay above water and keep making music no matter what, so we did...but it really was that song that helped us become this band. From that moment forward, it just all clicked into place and we set to work making the music we wanted to be making. We're so lucky to have come together when we did."

In early 2016, Wildling made two separate, influential writing trips to Rancho V in Joshua Tree, CA. For the first time, all five musicians constructed and crafted songs together from scratch in a room. "We shut out the world, set up shop, deliberately left everything outside, and tried to see where we could take everything together," recalls Erik. "We wrote nine songs in just five days."

"It was a new experience for us," Ryan goes on. "Up until then, the process had mostly been Erik and I making demos and taking them into the rehearsal space for us all to interpret together. We had never really worked from scratch before the desert. We were exploring different ways to present who we are."

To craft their Warner Bros. Records debut, they would work with both GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli [The Strokes, The Killers, Elton John, Young The Giant] at Sunset Sound in Hollywood and Alex Salibian [Harry Styles, Elle King] -- with whom they created four new songs in one week at Vox Recording Studios. Among those songs are both "Leavin'" and "Lilywhite," the former of which the band affectionately refers to as their "Drinking Song," with its big drum beat, acoustic guitars, and a howling chant.

"For me, it speaks to the feeling of being misunderstood and not being afraid to walk away from people or situations that don't feel authentic anymore," Ryan explains. "It's a barn burner."

Contrastingly, "Lilywhite" blossoms, punctuated by a surf guitar rustle, sharp bass line, and unshakable chant, providing the perfect introduction to the world of Wildling.

With Chiccarelli, the band expanded their sonic palette and was encouraged to push the envelope even further, building on the foundation they'd so diligently forged. "Joe said something really important to us early on," says Andrew. "He was like, 'Don't think about referencing other bands.' If you start to reference just yourself, you'll have more of an imprint. Stick with being who you are, and it'll happen."

In addition to "Leavin,'" "Lilywhite," and a re-recorded "Hummingbird," the album represents a pronounced evolution for the quintet. A hummable distorted riff anchors "Indifferent Faces," teetering between an irresistible refrain, lyrical lead, horns, and impressive rhythm; "Like An Overture of War" gets funky with a swaggering swing.

"There's an element of expressing this joy and fun, but there's a lot of heart too," continues Erik. "It's energy and groove, but it's thoughtful and smart."

Ultimately, that's why Wildling's songs will resonate for a long time to come.

"We're all on the same page," adds Justin. "It's all or nothing. We want to play music for the rest of our lives, and that passion comes through on the record and on stage. This band is what we'd all spent so many years looking for."

Andrew concludes, "Being an avid listener of music and transitioning to recording and performing, there have been times where I'll hear a song, and it will become the soundtrack to a very profound moment in my life and it feels as if only I share that unique connection with the band...We want to create that for anyone listening to us."
Hamster - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Hamster
Hamster is an LA-based EDM \ Trap DJ and music producer
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change