Knoup Presents

Knoup Presents

King Washington (10:15 PM)

Faulkner (9:30 PM)

Hamster (8:00 PM)

Wilding (8:45 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)
“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."
Hamster - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Hamster is an LA-based EDM \ Trap DJ and music producer
Wilding - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
It’s a Sunday night in November of 2014 at The Satellite in Los Angeles. Five young men playing their first show together, bow their heads in a huddle behind the stage and make a quiet commitment to each other and to their music. They’re unheard of, untested, unknown.

The next day, they are invited to headline The Satellite’s residency in January. The next week, they are invited to provide tour support for Young the Giant, of whom a few members were at the show. Within a few months, they’re in Austin for SXSW, performing at some most coveted showcases, including an intimate performance with Charles Bradley at Arlyn Studios. By summertime, they’re in Bob Clearmountain’s studio at Apogee recording their debut EP. In less than a year, these five individuals have transformed into a unit that is winning the hearts of music-lovers and music-makers with every show. And they’re about to hit the road. They are Wildling.

While the rise of Wildling from obscurity to touring act looks quick on paper, their path has been a journey of patience, persistence, and dedication to their music.

Lead singer Ryan Levine and keyboardist Andrew Ampaya were the first of the five to begin making music together. Their chemistry was special and their first project landed them a major label record deal. However, they were lost in a shuffle of label restructuring. Where others would have been disheartened, this lit a fire inside Ryan and Andrew pushing them to continue writing, playing music and moving forward.

Their next big break came, when they wrote an illustrious track entitled “Hummingbird.” Ryan sent “Hummingbird,” directly to DJ Kat Corbett of KROQ. Immediately, Kat heard a hit, and began spinning the song in regular rotation on her show, “Local’s Only.”

Motivated by the radio play and response it was getting, Ryan and Andrew started playing out together. At a show at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood in August 2014, Ryan’s younger brother, Justin, was in the audience. Onstage, Ryan and Andrew were trying out a new bass player. Justin had a wake up moment, and realized he couldn’t sit on the sidelines while his brother was embarking on a new journey. He was determined to join the band, and became the new bass player.

Amongst all of this, Ryan met songwriter and producer Erik Janson at an ASCAP writers expo. Instantaneously, the two hit it off, and began working on new material together. Weeks later, the band invited Janson, who by now was a friend to all, to join them as the lead guitar player. Believing in the project and the songs he had created with Ryan, Erik committed, putting his songwriting and producing on the back burner to give focus to the band.

All the band needed now was a drummer.

Casey Wojtalewicz (pronounced wah-deh-lev-itch) had moved to Los Angeles from Minnesota for a job with the Sierra Club. Upon observing the large community of artists making a living off their craft, he decided to give music a shot, being a songwriter and drummer himself. He wound up behind the drums in the band Cayucas, and brought the band from its first basement shows in Santa Monica through two years of international touring.

Casey parted ways with Cayucas in October 2014. A few days after the split, he was getting lunch with Sameer from Young the Giant, who he had become friends with earlier in the year. Sameer mentioned a new band he had been following closely that was in need of a drummer, and the next day, Casey got coffee with Ryan.

The five played together for the first time later than month, in Wojtalewicz’s cramped studio. They all gelled immediately, and within a week they had booked their first show together at The Satellite.

Since becoming a full band, Ryan, Andrew, Justin, Erik and Casey have worked relentlessly to prove they deserve every bit of the success they’ve earned. They’ve practiced tirelessly while holding bill-paying jobs, improving their performance and constantly writing new material. They’ve performed new songs at nearly every show, testing them out and continually honing their set and their sound.

One night, Andrew and Casey were riffing on a piano and drum beat, when Erik made a strange connection to Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.” They worked out the arrangement that night, and are set to release their take on a song that is dear to all of their hearts this August.

Their debut EP, which will be released in October, will feature a collection of songs that have stood the band’s test of dozens of shows and months of practice. There’s the energetic hip-hop-beat-turned-explosive-double-bass outro of “Anywhere We Are;” the calm but passion-filled urban groove of “We Go All the Way;” the arena-filling gang vocals and anthemic resonation of “Wolves;” the can’t-help-but-move-and-sing-along sway of “Palindrome;” the driving, upbeat “Doesn’t Really Matter,” and a newly-tracked “Hummingbird” that conveys the incredible energy and heart the song has developed since the band came together.

The band has worked with different producers on different songs, including Doug Boehm (French Kicks, Dr. Dog), Caleb Shreve (Phantogram, Bear Hands), Ted Gowans (Tegan & Sara), and Ben Greenspan (Fences).

Frontman Ryan keeps the audience riveted with his electric performance, which many have compared to that of Bruce Springsteen. The interplay between Ryan and his younger brother makes it clear to all how sincerely thrilled they are to be onstage together —best buds since the beginning. Backed by the solid musicality and experienced stage presence of Janson, Wojtalewicz, and Ampaya (who’s been playing piano since age 4), the overall passion and energy of the band is undeniable. They make wonderful use of dynamics, bringing the audience in—keeping things smooth, tight, and contained—and then turning it all the way up, losing themselves in the unique energy of the night, the performance and the space, and bringing the crowd with them. Levine is bound to surprise when he picks up his bass or guitar to riff along with Janson and his brother.

In the tranquil moments between songs, the essence of who these people are comes through. These are not five green wannabes, they are real, down-to-earth, earnest people who love playing music and do it with passion and humility. They have become brothers.

You may not have heard of them yet, but as they continue to win the hearts of fans and fellow musicians through their live performances, and with their debut EP out now, be prepared to see much, much more of this band.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change