WASI Residency Finale

WASI Residency Finale

Plasmic, The Knitts, Ghost Noise

Tue · December 26, 2017

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

WASI blends the likes of Matt and Kim and Tegan and Sara to create a reminiscent soundtrack to those So Cal nights of skinny dipping and angsty-garage punk shows. The riot pop trio hone their fierce do-it-yourself mentality and uplifting beats as they combine their anthemic pop sound with dance-fueled rock.
Detonating infectious 80's synth bombs behind lyrics full of femme rage, Orange County one-woman dervish Plasmic is your abused Barbie doll from childhood back for revenge. Pink from head to toe, she storms the stage, shooting terse keytar melodies whilst furiously smashing beats. Crooning, pleading and screaming songs of murdering rapists, swimming in dejection and punching against depression, she seals it all in a hazy, lo-fi blur that every so often gives glimpses of a gentler side underneath the mayhem ​ First performing at the age of 4 (covering Britney Spear’s “Lucky” at a Radio Disney Mall contest), little Plasmic taught herself to play piano, originally wanting to be in a band. But over time, falling in love with the freedom of being alone in controlling the music’s direction, she abandoned that idea. Embracing every piece of new musical technology she took inspiration from artists ranging from Bjork to Mark Mothersbaugh, Rupaul to Wendy Carlos and set about perfecting the solo punk electronic style that is uniquely her. ​
The Knitts
The Knitts
Garage rock quintet The Knitts have graduated to the big leagues. Since first launching in 2011, The Knitts have honed their skills on the stage and in the studio via endless shows throughout the indie circuit of greater Los Angeles and a handful of releases. Their sound was birthed and nurtured in North Hollywood, the Valley as the locals call it, but their style and aesthetic is uniquely L.A.

For proof, sip on their latest single, "Get Up Get Out," which follows in the footsteps of Los Angeles rock royalty like Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jane's Addiction and Haim. Reflecting an artistic graduation for the group, "Get Up Get Out" sees a more mature Knitts, with an evolved songwriting skill set, a clearer sense of self, and an impressive cannon of life experience for a band so young. Take, for example, the track's lyrics. When lead vocalist/keyboardist/primary songwriter Justin Volkens sings, "I started young thinking patience is virtue/Now it seems my cards have been dealt/You're the type that took all my failures/And turned them into love songs," it comes from a place built on heartache and pain.

The track itself is a bold take on garage rock and post-punk, with aggressive guitars and a punk rock, fuck-you attitude. Its charged, jumping chorus is melodic enough to inspire sing-along sessions yet angry enough to ignite bar fights and mosh pits, an energy perfectly brought to life via the track's youth revolt of a music video. This juxtaposition of nice and naughty heard on "Get Up Get Out" is a perfection reflection of their live shows, which often sees singer Volkens splitting his time on the stage with a ukulele in hand and riding above his fans when crowd surfing.

The current iteration of The Knitts embodies the final form of the rock rookies following a few lineup changes during their formative years at the former Hollywood music venue, The Knitting Factory, from which they adopted their name. Composed largely of the Volkens clan, the group features big brother Charlie on guitar, middle brother Justin on vocals, and baby half-bro Brandon Saige Sinclair-Volkens on drums, with lead guitarist Victor Portillo and bassist Jaime "Jimmy" Luque rounding out the band.

The band self-released their 2013 debut EP, Gutterboy, a collection of songs recorded in a matter of days. It marked the beginning story of these budding artists ready to leave their mark. Currently, the band is preparing their next project, the Simple Folk EP, out spring 2016 on Knitting Factory Records and featuring lead single "Get Up Get Out," which sees the group flexing the songwriting prowess they've been grooming for the past four years.

Now, with power single "Get Up Get Out" in tow and a newfound level of buzz lighting a fire underneath the collective creative unit, The Knitts are making their voice heard. And it's loud and clear: The Knitts are one must-watch, must-listen, must-experience act impossible to ignore.

—John Ochoa, 2015
Ghost Noise
Ghost Noise
"The first time I saw Ghost Noise play was at a Morrissey-themed burlesque show, which is fitting, given that the Mancunian crooner and the L.A. trio share a penchant for melancholy and flowers. The similarities end there, however. Ghost Noise's sound owes more to that period when Joy Division re-emerged as New Order and post-punk evolved into new wave. Members John Casey Connolly, Gawby Weinstein and Josh Dean all play guitars and synths and adorn their stage with fake floral bou-quets. Dean provides the beats while Connolly and Weinstein trade off on dramatic, controlled vocals. Even at their danciest, on tracks like "Father and Fainter" and "A Shadow Without You," they hit forlorn notes, matching the sadness of the stories that unfold in their songs. The three-year-old band released its second full-length, Our Heaven of Darkness, in December." - Liz Ohanesia, LA Weekly, "10 L.A. Artists to Watch in 2016"

"Dark, synth driven ice pop that you can sing/shiver right along to." - Oh My Rockness, "L.A.'s Hardest Working Bands of 2015"
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042