TSIS regulars The Knocks have continued to release music we fall in love with. Their latest endeavor comes in the form of their 6-track Testify EP, which we’ve asked them a few questions about below.
The project includes previously released singles "Heat" ft. Sam Nelson Harris and "Trouble" ft. Absofacto. Additional features on the EP include MNEK, Tayla Parx, Delacey, and Jerm. Testify brings the sound we love from the Knocks with their summery chords, funky instrumentation, and bright melodies across the refreshing EP, with each song finding a catchy vocal atop their feel-good production. To go along with this release, they've announce a tour which you can see dates for below. We also had a chance to catch up with the guys, so check out our interview below and enjoy!
The Knocks - Testify | Stream Only
What’s the story and meaning behind this new EP?
We made this EP over several months and countless countries between tour/traveling & we really wanted to try something different with our approach to making music and experimenting with different genres. We were just coming off the release of our debut album and we wanted this next body of work to be a little more downtempo & a little darker.
We wanted to keep our gospel/soul influence that we always have but apply it in a darker way. As we were writing, we realized a lot of the songs were about relationships and feeling a certain way towards someone... & telling them how you feel. Which lead to the title TESTIFY.
Why is this different than past releases from The Knocks?
This EP shows off our production chops a lot more. We experimented with new sounds/textures that we had never touched on in our previous releases. Its also just a little bit darker than most of our past stuff. Music to us is about being creative in different ways and evolving. We are happy with how the music came together and are excited to hear how fans react.
How did all the collaborations come together on this EP?
All of them were a bit different, but ultimately the common denominator with our collaborations are that we always work with our friends. On this EP, it was with a couple of old friends and a couple of new artists that we became friends with... but the connection needed to be there. Two songs were cut in LA, one in NYC, one in London, one in Nicaragua, and even one in a hotel somewhere in middle America.
Is there a particular song on the project you enjoyed making the most?
Making TROUBLE was really fun because of the process. We wrote it as a slow ballad and then when Abso left the studio, we had some fun with it. We sped up the tempo and flipped it into a dance record.
It seems like things are going really well for you guys since your 55 album. How have things changed in the last year?
Thanks! Yeah its been great, we are just keeping our heads down and traveling a lot. Things have definitely picked up and its fun to get all these new fans after we released our debut album. We are really excited to start this headline tour and perform new music in a new way. It's the first headline shows we have done since the album has come out so we are ready to party with our fans again.
Touring with Justin Bieber on his European tour looking pretty exciting for you guys, what was the most unexpected experience you had during the time? Also what was the weirdest experience?
The most unexpected experience was probably seeing fans in different countries finding where we were staying/eating from our snapchats and showing up to say hi and take pics. It was a bit surreal to see their dedication and enthusiasm in so many different places. All really friendly.
What else do you guys have planned for the rest of the year?
Our Feel Good Feel Great headline tour starting tonight, a bunch of festivals in the US, and writing new music.
The Knocks 2017 “Feel Good Feel Great” Tour:
FRI 03-Feb-17 Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club*
SAT 04-Feb-17 Seattle, WA - Neptune*
MON 06-Feb-17 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom*
WED 08-Feb-17 San Luis Obispo, CA - The Graduate*
THU 09-Feb-17 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore**
SAT 11-Feb-17 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre**
SUN 12-Feb-17 Santa Barbara, CA - SoHo Music Club*
MON 13-Feb-17 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst*
THU 02-Mar-17 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club***
SAT 04-Mar-17 Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry @ The Fillmore Philadelphia** *
FRI 10-Mar-17 Urbana, IL - Canopy Club***
SAT 11-Mar-17 Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall***
TUE 14-Mar-17 Lansing, MI - The Loft***
THU 16-Mar-17 Detroit, MI – Shelter***
FRI 17-Mar-17 Toronto, ON - Velvet Underground***
SAT 18-Mar-17 Montreal, QC - Belmont ***
TUE 21-Mar-17 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall***
WED 22-Mar-17 Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater***
THU 23-Mar-17 Boston, MA - Royale Boston***
FRI 24-Mar-17 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place***
SAT 25-Mar-17 New York, NY - Terminal 5***
*support from Mark Johns & Skylar Spence
**support from Lophiile, Mark Johns & Skylar Spence
***support from Bipolar Sunshine & Gilligan Moss