The Knocks: Feel Good Feel Great
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The Knocks are a New York story through and through. They met as 19-year-old college students, late one night in a studio at the New School. Ben Ruttner, known as “B-Roc,” DJed clubs as a PM day job, and James Patterson, known as “JPatt,” played the organ at a church outside the city. Both in need of roommates, they moved into an apartment on Avenue C in The East Village that—in the DIY style that would go on to define their work in the industry—the two of them soon turned into a bootleg studio where rappers and bright-eyed vocalists came in to cut tracks. It was a tiny place, with walls as thin as the bugs were plenty. Their neighbors started banging brooms floor to ceiling, cracking knuckles on the walls. When the music got loudest, B-Roc and JPatt would go into each other rooms and say, “I just got the knocks.”
Bipolar Sunshine is based on a surreal world where anything is possible, the stranger the better as long as its done with an artistic approach. A Home for the defeated romantic, the passionately curious but in the mist of all still can see the bright side to every- thing.
You could say that Gilligan Moss originally formed in the early 90s in an unassuming pre-school in downtown Chicago. Comprised of Evan and Ben, the two have used this deep-rooted friendship to form a psychic bond to explore a new vision for what it means for pop music to live in the club. The duo from Chicago, has a distinct style that fills the cracks between several genres -- they are drawn to strange melodies, polyrhythmic percussion, and driving
basslines. Their goal is to make music that could soundtrack an Ewok dance party as easily as it could a solitary walk home.
The project began with Evan, who anonymously started posting his music to Soundcloud in 2013. His first single “Choreograph” caught a wave of blog buzz, eventually hitting #1 on the Hype Machine charts. On the success of this single and a remix for Glass Animals’ “Gooey,” he took to writing a batch of tunes and the resulting Ceremonial EP was released in August 2015 via AMF Records, an imprint of Virgin EMI.
When asked to go on the road in support of Glass Animals in late 2015, he asked Ben to join him for the live rig. Once tour came to a close, they began writing together, rekindling the spark that formed all those years ago in pre- school. They have done remixes for the likes of Sia, Banks, Tegan & Sara and their second EP is expected in mid-2017. For the past few months, the duo has been camped out in the woods in upstate New York, perfecting the perfect dance party for the squirrels and birds that surround their studio.