Gravity Bookings Welcomes: Hollow Fortyfives (Album Release)

Gravity Bookings Welcomes: Hollow Fortyfives (Album Release)

Hollow Fortyfives (10:45 PM)

Channel (10:00 PM)

The Knitts (9:15 PM)

Swells (8:30 PM)

Tue, March 13, 2018

8:00 pm

$10.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

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Hollow Fortyfives - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Hollow Fortyfives
Stemming from roots of sixties rock n' roll, garage rock and a DIY punk mentality, Hollow Fortyfives formed in the summer of 2013. Noted for their mod and psychedelic song sensibility, the songs consist of driving drums, booming bass, and swirling guitars all held together by three part harmonies. Their first recordings, were released as a self titled cassette on Wiener Records and local Long Beach label Leg Records.

Since this release, the band followed up with an EP titled, Summertime Psychosis. Praised by Treblezine and Austin Town Hall for it's "Cali Shimmer garage rock and power pop". The trio's sophomore album has been mixed, mastered, packaged and will be ready for it's release at The Troubadour on Tuesday, March 13th 2018. Front Man / Guitarist (Lucas R.) speaks confidently about the overlap with SXSW, with high regard for the band's brand new material.
Channel - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Channel is a dark pop group with songs about love, trust, and memories.
The Knitts - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
The Knitts
They are young and feisty, they don’t follow the rules, but not because they’re rebelling as much as they haven’t had time to learn the rules. 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.

Musically, the band claims their music is akin to the Stones and Misfits having a kid but letting their estranged uncles Led Zeppelin and the Clash raise it. Cute, but perhaps a little inaccurate, a description that makes that band seem harder than they are. They rock, but only as it comes, one step at a time, never a full-on onslaught. What would you expect from a band whose principal songwriter works out the majority of the song structures on a ukulele?

The story of the Knitts begins summer 2010 when Eddie, the bass player, told his two friends Justin Volkens and Johnny Luna that he had a dream the three of them formed a band. The guys thought that was a real hoot, and—typical of the way their brains work—also figured that was reason enough to form an actual band. They were already buddies and enjoyed partying together (one of the Knitts’ all “consuming” passions), so isn’t that reason enough to start a band?

Johnny took to the drums, Eddie picked up the bass, and Justin became the singer and played organ/synthesizer. Songs started coming and the guys were really enjoying their new creative outlet. Justin moved from Koreatown back to Uptown (eh, the San Fernando Valley) and roomed with his brother, Charlie. Charlie was already playing guitar, so he was asked to join up. With Charlie and Justin living together, the two minute songs were coming down the assembly line quite rapidly. Victor Portillo joined in short order to play more guitar (just so long as it was drenched in reverb) and the band was completed.

As to the name, Charlie worked box office at the now defunct Knitting Factory nightclub in Hollywood. Since the musicians were (a) looking to be inspired and learn from live band shows, and, (b) broke most of the time, Charlie provided free entry into the gateway drug known as Hollywood live music nightlife. The guys became weekend regulars and the club was a home-away-from-home, to the point where they felt like mascots, so they adopted a variation on the venue’s name as their own band name. Not exactly the Apollos or Roxy Music, but you get the idea.

Now, the fully-formed Knitts is leaving the safety of the practice room and building a following around Los Angeles and beyond. Their evolving sound is a blend of their favorites, such as The Hives to Arctic Monkeys to The Shins to Joy Division. But mainly it sounds like the Knitts, and it doesn’t lean very heavily on t
Swells - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
SWELLS is an Austin, TX based duo consisting of Taylor Baker and Drew Walker. Combining Taylor’s dreamy, yet powerful vocals with Drew’s intricate guitar work, the duo has solidified their electronic, indie-pop sound. Influencers such as Phantogram, Sylvan Esso, and Glass Animals shine through on all of the tracks. They’ve played Austin City Music Festival, SXSW, Float Fest, among other notable venues around the U.S.

The band recently went in the studio with Dwight Baker (Missio, The Wind & the Wave), and will be releasing a full length album soon.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change