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4KNOTS MAY GIVE GOVERNOR’S BALL A RUN FOR ITS MONEY
July 14, 2015 2:55 pm

Delicious food, beautiful views and awesome music made this past weekend’s 4Knots Festival the perfect NYC summer day. The lineup was very rock n’ roll-centric featuring the heavy-hitting Heaters and Screaming Females, classic indie rock 5 piece Twin Peaks and punk-rock Surfbort. London band Happyness joined from across the pond to mellow things out and were complimented nicely by Heaven, Mikal Cronin, and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks. Super Furry Animals headlined delivering their own brand of eclectic, new age, pop weirdness.

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While 4Knots were pretty stationary in the “rock band” genre, there was still something for everyone. Starting off the day were the tough as nails punk act, Surfbort. Sporting classic riot grrrl attire (necklaces with severed doll heads, etc) Surtbort is inspired by, if not directly referencing, Kathleen Hanna in the Bikini Kill era. As a huge aficionado of this genre and movement, I was impressed by the authenticity and truthfulness of Surfbort’s set. Their “girls to the front” attitude and their dynamic live performance made them a highlight of the day regardless of their status as the opening act.

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Another stand-alone performance was delivered by Screaming Females. Marissa Paternoster blew the crowd away with her wild guitar solos and unreal vocal prowess. Although the Screaming Females are very guitar rock who call on some outdated influences, they feature pop-based melodic lines to keep the audience captivated in what could’ve become an overwhelming sea of guitar lines.

Twin Peaks was the uncontested crowd favorite. Those dance moves were so wild that their mic stands fell off the stage twice (once directly on top of me). The Twin Peaks dudes were inspiring, forcing even the security guards to dance along. Twin Peaks music fluctuates between the day dreams of melancholy schoolboys and the rants of raucous, power-chord pumping rock and rollers, but after their set on Saturday, anyone can see they are moving in the direction of the latter. I’m definitely looking forward to what this band will get up to in the coming months.

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4knots festival

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4Knots brought together some incredible talent this weekend and really has the making of a NYC summer staple. Hopefully next year’s fest will expand even further, perhaps covering a wider musical range. Either way, the future is looking bright for this event!

Written by Alessandra Licul 

AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE BIGGER AND BETTER 4KNOTS FESTIVAL
June 2, 2015 9:38 pm

The Village Voice is back this year for its 5th annual 4Knots Fest at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84. The headliners are Mikal Cronin, Super Furry Animals and Twin Peaks. These acts are very culturally similar to the bands chosen for last year, Mac Demarco, Speedy Ortiz and Vietcong. All have subsequently blown up this year, each respectively playing major headlining shows and saw skyrocketing social media figures. The entire lineup (including supporting acts, Heaters, Happyness and Meatbodies) is very live-band centered with a psychedelic indie-rock focus. Affordable tickets, gorgeous views, amazing music all in NYC, this is a must-do for summer 2015!

Photo Credit Bryan Bruchman

Photo Credit Bryan Bruchman

Mikal Cronin is at heart, a singer-songwriter. His last record MCIII is his first major production solo work, and does not disappoint. He uses straightforward pop melodies and 70s inspired grooves, as well as engaging his audience with large string arrangements, pianos and guitar lines. Cronin is an excellent choice as headliner because he is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Super Furry Animals, hailing from Wales, is similarly a psychedelic rock group. This group is particularly interesting because of their atypical history (having 40 foot tall bears on stage, hit single titled “The Man Don’t Give A F**k”, and two highly experimental, highly strange studio albums before breaking into the main stream). SFA retains hallucinogenic roots in their more recent work, with a deliberate and successful diffusion into the market of “mass appeal”.

Anyone who has been following the Brooklyn indie music scene for the last few years will be happy to see the Twin Peaks dudes getting a headlining spot. These guys have more than played their way through NYC, recently playing bigger shows and going on bigger tours. They are a classic rock group with a very New York vibe, a punkier and grittier Strokes.

Photo Credit Bryan Bruchman

Photo Credit Bryan Bruchman

Fans of 4Knots Fest in past years have another thing coming to them. Pier 48 is Hudson River Park’s largest public pier, centered in the middle of the park. Not only will you get to see the concert, but picturesque views of the Hudson River will dazzle you all day and all night long. Food sponsors include Kind, Whole Foods and Dos Toros Taqueria. 4Knots is set to take place July 11, 1pm-10 pm, rain or shine and you can purchase your tickets here. Be sure to add this to you summer t0-do list!

Written by Alessandra Licul 

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH: HONDURAS
May 31, 2015 6:41 pm

If you’ve been to see a hard rock show in the last month, Honduras has probably opened it. The Brooklyn based quartet has recently opened for Metz, Fidlar, Sunflower Bean, Twin Peaks and Blurr. Honduras seems to be playing a new show before you can even sign on to Twitter and hear about it. Perfectly blending surf and indie rock with punk, vocalist Pat Philips calls on the ghosts of little anarchists such as The Ramones or The Sex Pistols.

In textbook punk rock fashion, the Brooklyn based band (by ways of Missouri), doesn’t have much of a musical background other than just playing guitar “because there was one around my friends’ house and I fell in love” says guitarist Tyson Moore.

Pat and Tyson have been writing songs together for ten years. “Maybe it was weird collaborating when we first started out but I don’t remember, we always agree,” Tyson jokes. They have some unexpected influences considering the spirited anarchism in their music, citing Tom Petty and Wilco. Pat even went through a hip-hop, free style rap phase in adolescence. Clearly being in NYC has distinctively shaped their current sound. “I didn’t go through a true punk rock phase until I lived here” Pat says, “that’s when I got into Lou Reed, the history of CBGB and all that shit.”

“I think Pat is really good at pushing personality through in his vocals, which makes it unique and easy to get into” Tyson remarks. “A lot of bands get stale to me because of their vocals”. When writing together “Pat will usually come to me with a basic idea, and we’ll sit in my room and make a shitty ProTools demo with fake drums just to shape it and get a better idea what it sounds like” Tyson says. “When we first started out, chillwave and MGMT were really big, so we have been holding on for a return to guitar and bass music.”

Their track “Ace” is the perfect anthem for this comeback. The song could almost pass for a high-strung surf rock tune until you hear “destroy” shouted over and over again, with angst, to really drive the point home. The song, while wearing a mask of screaming bravado, is really just about personal weakness and feeling vulnerable with someone. “You’re my ace….destroy destroy destroy.” Many of the songs on the band’s album, Morality Cuts, express the same heartfelt, personal sentiments and are expressed through shouting vocals and the drone of an electric guitar. Honduras harnesses the universal quality of punk music that has been lost. Everyone has their demons, but we all have the same urge to dance, shove and scream when one of these songs play. Pat says that he uses his songwriting to work through things in his life, which is the opportunity Honduras affords the listener. The songs on Morality Cuts bare personal feelings with repression ecstatically escaping through every strum of the electric guitar.

When Atypical Sounds saw their show at Baby’s Alright last month, the band performed their new single Paralyzed. The track holds a trademark that has that raw, in your face attitude and serves as a promising preview to their upcoming album, entitled “Rituals” which we can look out for this July.

Photo credit: Brock Fetch 

Written by Alessandra Licul