RAC

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RAC

The Knocks, SPEAK

Thu, October 23, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Terminal 5

New York, NY

$26.50 advance / $27 day of show

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This event is all ages

RAC
RAC
RAC is taking things one song at a time. Recently finished his last album cycle with a pair of tri-umphant appearances at Coachella Valley Music Festival in April, the multi instrumentalist will continue to give fans new music. André Allen Anjos will kick off the single series with ”Back of the Car," his euphoric guitar driven collaboration with long time friend, Nate Henricks. Anjos is not only looking forward to releasing new music more frequently, but he is also using the series as an opportunity to work with vocalists he has never worked with before, and to work in genres he has yet to explore.

RAC first gained attention for smart remixes of songs by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (“Zero”) and the Shins (“Sleeping Lessons”), but Anjos quickly proved himself as a songwriter in his own right with hit singles like “Hollywood”and "Let Go," and this single series stands to be his most ambi-tious undertaking yet.
The Knocks
The Knocks
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.

Working out of their bedrooms, The Knocks remixed Jay-Z’s entire American Gangster album in two days, calling it American G-Funk. With remixes for Katy Perry and Passion Pit soon following, the Knocks were declared one of the “20 hottest producers in music” by NME and quickly became synonymous with a certain warm, retro-future, disco-kissed touch. Future stars like Ellie Goulding and Icona Pop took note of the Knocks, asking them to produce for their own projects.

They put our their first big hit in 2010 with the filter-house party anthem “Dancing With the DJ”, and toured the UK with Sleigh Bells and DJ Shadow. Opening for Ellie Goulding on her US debut tour in 2011 and playing the main stage at Ultra in 2012, B-Roc and JPatt were a bridge between the indie dance world and the mainstream market.

They recently hit a touchstone with “Classic,” a seductive track that whips up the sun-drenched sense of endless celebration. Fetty Wap jumped on for a guest verse, as befits the way the Knocks style synthesizes anything with energy: hip-hop, soul, house, disco and pop. Their new album 55 is a resolutely DIY dance album that pulses with the heart of the city. It opens with none other than Cam’ron, Wyclef Jean comes out of nowhere, Carly Rae Jepsen takes a house diva turn, and Alex Newell aims his high range like a trigger in SPIN’s Best-101-of-2015 pick “Collect My Love”. It’s an album laced with disco magic and hiphop flow; it’s built for a crowd, but first it has to pass a bar that’s internal. “Would I spin this?” the Knocks still ask each other, every time they cut a track. They’ll be spinning this one for years.
SPEAK
SPEAK
Forever questing for innovation, SPEAK invoke timeless melodies in energetic, synth-laden anthems.

Frontman Troupe Gammage has been recording music since age 11. Mesmerized by the compositions in his favorite video games, he started creating his own using rudimentary computer software. Developing his sound through his study of electronic music and observation of his musician parents (Ernie Gammage and Christine Albert) and the Motown collection at home, Troupe released his first EP at age 16. He went on to release two more albums online garnering over 25,000 downloads to date. Gammage spent a year in University of Southern California's music composition program before moving to Austin to pursue video game composition and voice acting.

After co-founding his own production company and gaining solid footing in the business through work on games for Playstation, XBox, Wii, and PC, Troupe has shifted his focus to pop powerhouse SPEAK. The band met through mutual friends in 2008, rising from the remnants of electro-pop band Jupiter-4. With Gammage join University of Texas students Nick Hurt (guitar) Joey Delahoussaye (bass) and Jake Stewart (drums). Hurt and Delahoussaye are guitar performance majors.

Since then, SPEAK has signed to Playing in Traffic Records and recorded their debut EP with producer Chris "Frenchie" Smith (JET, Dandy Warhols). Through Smith, Troupe landed a gig recording keys for JET's new album Shaka Rock.

The band's debut album EP, "Hear Here" has garnered serious attention, receiving highest 4-star honors from the Austin Chronicle, and great reviews across the board. Recently SPEAK was named Best New Band by the Austin Music Awards.

What people are saying about "Hear Here"
Austin Chronicle (4/4 stars) "[Hear Here is] poised to change the musical landscape…crank up the volume: The future just got a lot brighter"
AV Club (B+) "Smooth electronic seduction, spiked with a little venom"
Austinist "swimming in synth and innovative pop melodies"
Venue Information:
Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
New York, NY, 10019
http://www.terminal5nyc.com/