They are young and feisty, they don't follow the rules, but not because they're rebelling as much as they haven't had time to learn the rules. They're not on the grid, don't play to click tracks, don't know how to work a sampler or program a drum machine. They don't growl or scream, they sing. They're not choreographed, they move. They don't pose, they just smile and laugh.
Musically, the band claims their music is akin to the Stones and Misfits having a kid but letting their estranged uncles Led Zeppelin and the Clash raise it. Cute, but perhaps a little inaccurate, a description that makes that band seem harder than they are. They rock, but only as it comes, one step at a time, never a full-on onslaught. What would you expect from a band whose principal songwriter works out the majority of the song structures on a ukulele?
The story of the Knitts begins summer 2010 when Eddie, the bass player, told his two friends Justin Volkens and Johnny Luna that he had a dream the three of them formed a band. The guys thought that was a real hoot, and—typical of the way their brains work—also figured that was reason enough to form an actual band. They were already buddies and enjoyed partying together (one of the Knitts' all "consuming" passions), so isn't that reason enough to start a band?
Johnny took to the drums, Eddie picked up the bass, and Justin became the singer and played organ/synthesizer. Songs started coming and the guys were really enjoying their new creative outlet. Justin moved from Koreatown back to Uptown (eh, the San Fernando Valley) and roomed with his brother, Charlie. Charlie was already playing guitar, so he was asked to join up. With Charlie and Justin living together, the two minute songs were coming down the assembly line quite rapidly. Victor Portillo joined in short order to play more guitar (just so long as it was drenched in reverb) and the band was completed.
As to the name, Charlie worked box office at the now defunct Knitting Factory nightclub in Hollywood. Since the musicians were (a) looking to be inspired and learn from live band shows, and, (b) broke most of the time, Charlie provided free entry into the gateway drug known as Hollywood live music nightlife. The guys became weekend regulars and the club was a home-away-from-home, to the point where they felt like mascots, so they adopted a variation on the venue's name as their own band name. Not exactly the Apollos or Roxy Music, but you get the idea.
Now, the fully-formed Knitts is leaving the safety of the practice room and building a following around Los Angeles and beyond. Their evolving sound is a blend of their favorites, such as The Hives to Arctic Monkeys to The Shins to Joy Division. But mainly it sounds like the Knitts, and it doesn't lean very heavily on the past at all. They're still pretty busy learning about the present.