"Time Deer" Video Premiere

"Time Deer" Video Premiere

We're elated to unveil our new video for Time Deer, the third single from Land Animal, via Highlight Magazine. The film was directed and animated by the Japanese artist Riki Nitabaru, who said this about the project:


"The story centers around a deer that travels through time, trying to find the cause of humanity's problems in the modern world. In my take, just as the deer finds the cause of all strife, the world starts to cleanse itself. The deer becomes a receptacle of all living things, and it morphs to become a brand new being that encompasses all life forms."

Upcoming Tour Dates
Jul 14 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
Jul 15 Nashua, NH @ Riverwalk
Jul 17 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Jul 18 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
Jul 19 Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
Jul 20 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Jul 23 Dekalb, IL @ The House Cafe
Jul 24 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
Jul 25 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Jul 27 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Jul 31 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Aug 01 Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
Aug 02 Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre
Aug 04 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
Aug 05 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
Aug 07 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

July/August Tour Dates + Live Vid Premieres

July/August Tour Dates + Live Vid Premieres

Chris recently sat down with iZotope to discuss the differences between writing for the studio and writing for the stage. One of our favorite audio software companies sponsored a concert filming at The Record Co. earlier this year, and they're premiering two new live videos from that session alongside the article.

https://www.izotope.com/en/community/blog/artist-stories/2017/07/interview-experimental-rock-band-bent-knee-on-the-intersection-of-songwriting-and-live-performance.html

https://youtu.be/_kw0UVV6aXQhttps://youtu.be/KvW8tT1t97Q

 Our US tour starts up again this Friday. Dates and details at bentkneemusic.com/tour

7.14 Northampton MA | 7.15 Nashua NH | 7.17 Buffalo NY | 7.18 Ferndale MI | 7.19 Indianapolis IN | 7.20 Madison WI | 7.23 Dekalb IL | 7.24 Minneapolis MN | 7.25 Lawrence KS | 7.27 Denver CO | 7.31 Seattle WA | 8.1 Portland OR | 8.2 Bend OR | 8.4 San Francisco CA | 8.5 Los Angeles CA | 8.7 San Diego CA

"Land Animal" Out Now

"Land Animal" Out Now

"Land Animal" has arrived! Our fourth studio album is out now on InsideOut Music/Sony. We're incredibly proud of this record and can't wait for you to hear it. Stream/purchase at http://smarturl.it/bentkneelandanimal

To celebrate the release, here's a live take of "Terror Bird", the opening track on the record. https://youtu.be/XIcTchfB8To

Early praise:

"As easily as the music makes you marvel, it provides delirious release." -NPR

"Uncompromising, imaginative, and bold... one of the most incredible and vibrantly unique records this year. 10/10" -Ethos Live

"Throwing off the shackles of genre... truly the definition of experimentalism." -Consequence of Sound

"An exercise in controlled chaos, in an all-encompassing vibe that manages to squeeze all parts of Bent Knee into optimal expression." -Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"An exhilarating gust of fresh air." -The Prog Report

"A perfect balance has been struck between innovation, accessibility, cognitively stirring discourse, emotional engagement and sheer, unmitigated entertainment." -Metal Discovery

"A complex, thought-provoking art installation appreciable on multiple levels.” -Rock at Night

"It’s very rare that an artist or band comes along that changes your perspective on music and art. Bent Knee have done just that." -Substream Magazine

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"Land Animal" Full Album Stream (Consequence of Sound)

"Land Animal" Full Album Stream (Consequence of Sound)

Early praise:

"It’s very rare that an artist or band comes along that changes your perspective on music and art. Bent Knee have done just that." -Substream Magazine

"A perfect balance between innovation, accessibility, cognitively stirring discourse, emotional engagement and sheer, unmitigated entertainment." -Metal Discovery

"An exhilarating gust of fresh air." -Prog Report

"An all-encompassing vibe that manages to squeeze all parts of Bent Knee into optimal expression." -Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"As easily as the music makes you marvel, it provides delirious release." -WBUR

"A complex, thought-provoking art installation appreciable on multiple levels.” -Rock at Night

"Terror Bird" Video Premiere

"Terror Bird" Video Premiere

We're very excited to debut the second single/video from Land Animal, out June 23rd from InsideOut Music/Sony. "Terror Bird" is about fighting our natural inclination to become indifferent toward the world around us. We all have an idea in our heads of how a good person thinks and feels. Good people feel sad when hearing about tragedies, angry when reading about injustices, and happy for other’s successes, but sometimes, our brains fail to meet our own standards and slump into an apathetic mush instead. In a globalized, hyper-connected society, it’s a problem we wrestle with now more than ever. Stream the video at https://youtu.be/44juYfgipU4.

"Terror Bird" was directed by Greg Bowen and stars Caitlin Weaver. The song is now available for streaming on all major platforms. Preorder Land Animal at bentkneemusic.com/store.

June Tour Dates:

6/1 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC https://goo.gl/S5cPKa

6/3 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine https://goo.gl/d1PZrE

6/5 Boston, MA @ Great Scott https://goo.gl/Ctj2N0

6/6 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie https://goo.gl/1nBRbc

6/7 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Funhouse https://goo.gl/VrdcNo

6/8 Washington, DC @ Black Cat DC https://goo.gl/kqmd2G

6/9 Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall https://goo.gl/XBRpvu

6/11 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom https://goo.gl/4KMRHc

6/12 Chicago, IL @ Schubas https://goo.gl/vBXoq2

Details at bentkneemusic.com/tour

"Holy Ghost" Live Video Premiere (Substream)

"Holy Ghost" Live Video Premiere (Substream)

"It’s very rare that an artist or band comes along that changes your perspective on music and art. On 'Holy Ghost,' Bent Knee have done just that."

Many thanks to Substream Magazine for premiering our first live video from "Land Animal"! The album drops June 23rd on InsideOut Music/Sony. Preorder at bentkneemusic.com/tour. Read the full article at http://substreammagazine.com/2017/05/premiere-bent-knee/

June Tour Dates:
6/1 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
6/3 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
6/5 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
6/6 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
6/7 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls Funhouse
6/8 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
6/9 Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
6/11 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
6/12 Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Details and tickets at bentkneemusic.com/tour

New Album "Land Animal" Out 6.23.17

New Album "Land Animal" Out 6.23.17

We're thrilled to announce that our fourth studio recording, "Land Animal", will be released on InsideOutMusic/Sony on June 23rd, 2017. The album is now available for pre-order and the title track is available for streaming on all major platforms. The music video for "Land Animal", directed by Greg Bowen and starring Jake Brasch, can be viewed here.

Full press release below:

“The silo-smashing Bent Knee’s unique mix is equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness”The Wall Street Journal

“Bent Knee breaks new stylistic and temperamental ground”The Boston Globe

Bent Knee is unlike any band you’ve ever heard. Its borderless sound combines myriad influences from across the rock, pop, minimalist, and avant-garde spectrums into a seamless, thrilling whole. Its forthcoming album Land AnimalBent Knee’s first for InsideOutMusic/Sony, released on June 23, 2017 —takes its sound to a new level. It offers a suite of songs full of addictive hooks, lush melodies and enthralling twists and turns that capture the reality of life in the 21st Century—a reality of people and nations in the midst of tumultuous change. It also communicates a ray of hope and desire for listeners to embrace the fact that they’re not alone in their struggles. 

PRESS HERE to watch the beautiful, provocative video for “Land Animal.” Directed by Greg Bowan, the video explores the inner conflicts people have as they endure daily stresses and lose the big picture view on what really matters in life.

Bent Knee formed in 2009 as a democratic collective determined to push the boundaries of pop and rock. Lead singer and keyboardist Courtney Swain’s soaring vocals are instantly arresting. Guitarist Ben Levin is one of the most dynamic and versatile guitarists around, shifting between the raging and raucous to the sublime and meditative. Bassist Jessica Kion and drummer Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth combine into an enthralling rhythm section that’s equal parts powerhouse and nuance. Violinist Chris Baum’s kinetic violin work provides drama, grace and intrigue. World-class producer and live sound designer Vince Welch weaves it all together with a captivating, expert touch.

The band has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Its last two albums, 2016’s Say So and 2014’s Shiny Eyed Babies, were hailed as significant art-rock achievements. The group has performed hundreds of shows across the world to date. During the fall of 2016, the band played for ecstatic audiences as an opener for the U.S. leg of The Dillinger Escape Plan's farewell tour ahead of signing with InsideOutMusic/Sony.

“We’re very excited to be working with InsideOutMusic/Sony,” said Swain. “It’s wonderful to have our music reach a lot of new ears across the globe through them. It’s an honor to join their roster of prestigious artists and we look forward to a long relationship with the label.”

The band is now on tour in America. During April and May, it opens for the expansive rock act Thank You Scientist, known for its combination of progressive and jazz influences. Bent Knee then continues in June with a headlining tour. See full routing below, and PRESS HERE for more information.

PRESS HERE to pre-order Land Animal on iTunes today, with instant download of the title track. Further preordering information coming soon.

Tour Dates:

4/18       Detroit, MI @ The Shelter*

4/19       Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar*

4/20       Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall*

4/21       Dekalb, IL @ The House*

4/22       Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Taphouse*

4/23       Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck*

4/27       Boston, MA @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

5/6          Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room*

5/7          Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt*

5/9          Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar*

5/10       Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club*

5/11       Richmond, VA @ Canal Club *

5/12       Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall*

5/19       Victoriaville, Canada @ Festival International Musique Actuelle

6/1          Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC

6/3          New Haven, CT @ Café Nine

6/5          Boston, MA @ Great Scott

6/6          Philadelphia, PA @ Kung-Fu Necktie

6/7          Pittsburgh, PA @ The Fun House/Mr. Smalls

6/8          Washington, DC @ Black Cat

6/9          Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall

6/11       Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

6/12       Chicago, IL @ Schubas

*with Thank You Scientist

 

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April/May Tour Dates with Thank You Scientist

April/May Tour Dates with Thank You Scientist

We're excited to announce that we'll be hitting the road with Thank You Scientist for a string of US dates this spring. Tickets on sale now. Additional details at bentkneemusic.com/tour.

4/14 Monty Hall | Jersey City, NJ†
4/18 The Shelter |Detroit, MI†
4/19 Mac's Bar | Lansing, MI†
4/20 Shank Hall | Milwaukee, WI†
4/21 The House Cafe | Dekalb, IL†
4/22 Blue Moose Taphouse | Iowa City, IA†
4/23 The Bottleneck | Lawrence, KS†
4/27 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum | Boston, MA*
5/6 Waiting Room | Buffalo, NY†
5/7 The Haunt | Ithaca, NY†
5/9 Ottobar | Baltimore, MD†
5/10 Chameleon Club | Lancaster, PA†
5/11 Canal Club | Richmond, VA†
5/12 Motorco Music Hall | Durham, NC†
5/19 FIMAV | Victoriaville, QC

†with Thank You Scientist
*with Ruby Rose Fox

"Hands Up" Music Video Release

"Hands Up" Music Video Release

Our fourth and final music video from 2016’s Say So (Cuneiform Records) is now streaming at https://youtu.be/g3G7M2dHivg. A bit of spring cleaning, if you will. Hands Up was produced by Human Being Productions, directed by Greg Bowen, filmed by Rich Ferri and Jon Stenning, and stars the brilliant Gabrielle Zabinski-Valdera. Special thanks to Zabinski Music Studio, Annie Gjelsvik, Farisa Mulvey, Rebekah Zabinski, and the many hands that made this production possible.

The studio recording is available at https://bentknee.bandcamp.com/album/say-so

PopMatters "Best of 2016"

PopMatters "Best of 2016"

Via PopMatters —

"Like countless other remarkable artists, art rock sextet Bent Knee formed out of the revered Berklee College of Music in Boston. Often channeling similar chamber music elements as the Dear Hunter and Emanuel and the Fear, they fuse classical and modern timbres to produce something truly powerful, experimental, and diverse. While their first two records certainly introduced all that makes Bent Knee special, "Say So" takes their creativity, fearlessness, and conceptuality to a whole new level. Dense with “dark[ness] and infused with themes focusing on the emergence of personal demons, unwanted situations[,] and the difficulty of conquering them”, it’s a brilliant effort.

"Say So" spoils its listener from the get-go, as opener “Black Tar Water” is a breathtakingly hypnotic, multilayered, and a triumphant slice of self-reflection and empowerment. Courtney Swain seizes her redemption with the overwhelming yet eloquent force of say, Tori Amos or Björk, while each new textural coating adds radiance and weight. It’s a masterpiece onto itself, yet it’s only the start of the magic, as “Leak Water”, though a bit more straightforward and compressed, is no less bold and varied. Later, “EVE” interweaves soft songwriting with furious orchestration, while the final track, “Good Girl”, is a bittersweet commentary on the subjugation of women. Of course, there’s also “Commercial”, an off-the-wall trip that induces the intricate insanity of Frank Zappa. Perhaps the greatest achievement of "Say So", however, is that while many of the most anticipated progressive rock albums of 2016 disappointed (The Astonishing, anyone?), it proved that sometimes it’s the lesser known releases that contain the most magnificent material."

Full article at http://www.popmatters.com/feature/the-best-progressive-rock-and-metal-of-2016/P0/

"Live at The Space" Concert Film Release

"Live at The Space" Concert Film Release

Starting today, our new concert film “Live at The Space” can be streamed in its entirety at https://youtu.be/Ws0gHgDd_10. Enjoy, and a huge thanks to all of you who came to see us on tour this summer. A high-quality download of the film (alongside 24-Bit WAV files of the audio recordings) is available for purchase at https://gum.co/bkspace. Additionally, our 2015 concert film “Live at Davis Square Theatre” is now available as a downloadable film/album bundle as well: http://gum.co/bkdst.

"Leak Water" EP Release

To celebrate our Fall North American tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan, we've just released a "name your price" EP — a token of appreciation for the fans that have propelled us this far on our journey. The release includes three studio recordings from our past two albums in addition to their live counterparts.

Hurry up and download the thing! This is a limited run and will disappear at the end of the month.

https://bentknee.bandcamp.com/album/leak-water-ep

Track Listing
01 Leak Water
02 Being Human
03 Way Too Long
04 Leak Water (Live)
05 Being Human (Live)
06 Way Too Long (Live)

OCTOBER TOUR DATES
10/12 Baltimore, MD | Baltimore Soundstage
10/13 Providence, RI | Fete Music Hall
10/14 Poughkeepsie, NY | The Chance Theatre
10/15 New York, NY | Webster Hall
10/17 Pontiac, MI | The Crofoot
10/18 Cleveland, OH | House of Blues
10/19 Indianapolis, IN | The Vogue Theatre
10/20 St Louis, MO | Pop's
10/21 Lawrence, KS | The Granada Theater
10/22 Denver, CO | Marquis Theatre
10/23 Salt Lake City, UT | Urban Lounge

http://www.bentkneemusic.com/tour

Courtney Swain in Keyboard Mag

Courtney Swain in Keyboard Mag

"Bent Knee is no ordinary musical collective. A masterful mashup of electronica, progressive pop and art rock (think Jeff Buckley meets Rush meets Edith Piaf), the band has received widespread acclaim for both their live shows and their new release, Say So, out now on the Cuneiform label. And keyboardist, vocalist, and front-woman Courtney Swain has been there from the very beginning."

Many thanks to Jon Regan and Keyboard Magazine for featuring Courtney in this month's issue! Read the full article at http://www.keyboardmag.com/artists/1236/courtney-swain-of-bent-knee/59826

Bent Knee Defies Genres and Expectations (Front Row Boston)

Bent Knee Defies Genres and Expectations (Front Row Boston)

We recently sat down with Tori Bedford of WGBH to chat about band dynamics, creative process, and our new album, Say So. You can read the full article at http://goo.gl/s53gtn.

"That’s the beauty of Bent Knee — it is perhaps one-sixth prog rock, as far as Wallace-Ailsworth is concerned. The other fractions are just as varied; Baum’s precision and polish, Levin’s rap, musical theatre, and improv-influenced style, Kion’s experimental nature, Swain, who brings unparalleled power and intensity from classically-trained roots, and Welch, who fuses everything together. No one genre can accurately encompass the lovable weirdness of Bent Knee.. both personally and musically, [they] continue to push themselves out of their comfort zone, trying everything in every direction."

Photo Credit: Geschmacksrichtung Grün

October Tour Dates with The Dillinger Escape Plan

October Tour Dates with The Dillinger Escape Plan

We're incredibly excited to announce that we'll be opening for The Dillinger Escape Plan (alongside o'brother and Cult Leader) on their North American Tour 10/12 - 10/23. It's a privilege and honor to be sharing stages with such a legendary act. Tickets go on sale Friday, but before then, come hang with us in a more intimate setting. Our own US tour starts Wednesday in Brooklyn. It's been a wild year, friends. Thanks for coming along for the ride. Dates and details at bentkneemusic.com/tour.

8/24 Brooklyn, NY @ C'mon Everybody
8/25 Providence, RI @ AS220
8/26 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
8/27 Philadelphia, PA @ The El Bar
8/28 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
8/29 Washington, DC @ Black Cat DC
8/30 Kennett Square, PA @ Kennett Flash Theatre
9/2 Dayton, OH @ Ladyfest
9/4 Chapel Hill, NC @ ProgDay
9/8 Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard Tulsa
9/9 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
9/10 Madison, WI @ Mickey's Tavern
9/11 Chicago, IL @ Emporium Arcade Bar
9/13 Toronto, ON @ Monarch Tavern
9/14 Troy, NY @ Troy Music Hall
9/17 Dayton, OH @ Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival
9/18 Worcester, MA @ StART on the Street
10/12 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage† 
10/13 Providence, RI @ Fête Music Hall† 
10/14 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre† 
10/15 New York, NY @ Webster Hall† 
10/17 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot† 
10/18 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues† 
10/19 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue† 
10/20 St Louis, MO @ Pop's† 
10/21 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater† 
10/22 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater† 
10/23 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge†
†w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, o'brother, Cult Leader

Full press release below:

This has been an incredible year for Bent Knee across the board, with its third album Say So (Cuneiform Records) receiving a unanimously rave reception from national and global media, including The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, NPR, and Consequence of Sound.

Fresh off a triumphant European tour, the exhilarating live act is proud to announce it’s opening for legendary expansive metal band The Dillinger Escape Plan during the first half of its forthcoming U.S. fall tour. Prior to those dates, Bent Knee will headline across the East Coast, including a date in Toronto, Canada.

You can experience Bent Knee in action right this second while waiting for the forthcoming gigs. Five songs from its thrilling, upcoming full-length concert film Live at the Space are now available on YouTube.

Since its inception, Bent Knee has remained true to the incredible spectrum of its diverse musical personalities. Courtney Swain’s riveting vocals lead the way through often dark lyrical themes, while guitar virtuoso Ben Levin shifts seamlessly from melodic riffs to extreme dissonance, often at a moment’s notice. Bassist Jessica Kion and drummer Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth contribute deep grooves, full of unexpected accents and ornamentation that glue the boundary-pushing work together. Violinist Chris Baum soars atop and through the material, further expanding the group’s sonic palette, and producer/sound designer Vince Welch combines it all with understated brilliance.

End of Summer North American Tour Dates

End of Summer North American Tour Dates

Fresh off our first ever European tour, we're hitting the road again in the good ol' USA before the summer comes to a close. Details at bentkneemusic.com/tour

8/24 Brooklyn, NY @ C'mon Everybody
8/25 Providence, RI @ AS220
8/26 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
8/27 Philadelphia, PA @ The El Bar
8/28 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
8/29 Washington, DC @ Black Cat DC
8/30 Kennett Square, PA @ Kennett Flash Theatre
9/2 Dayton, OH @ Ladyfest Dayton 2016
9/4 Chapel Hill, NC @ ProgDay 2016
9/8 Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard Tulsa
9/9 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
9/10 Madison, WI @ Mickey's Tavern
9/11 Chicago, IL @ Emporium Arcade Bar
9/13 Toronto, ON @ Monarch Tavern
9/14 Troy, NY @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
9/17 Dayton, OH @ Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival
9/18 Worcester, MA @ StART on the Street

"Good Girl" Music Video Premiere

"Good Girl" Music Video Premiere

We're excited to release a new music video for "Good Girl". The video was filmed in Japan in February 2016, and stars Courtney's mother Yoshiko. 

Exploring Extremes (Innerviews)

Exploring Extremes (Innerviews)

For an in-depth glimpse into the band’s minds, lives, and creative process, look no further. Our conversation with dear friend and sounding board Anil Prasad was just published on Innerviews.org. While you're there, be sure to check out a few of the other interviews on the site. We're honored to featured among such extraordinary company.

Read the full interview at http://www.innerviews.org/inner/bent-knee

The Wall Street Journal on "Say So"

The Wall Street Journal on "Say So"

We're thrilled that Say So is resonating with so many people. Jim Fusilli of The Wall Street Journal writes that the record is "equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness.. For all that’s happening on this album, there’s little bloat or self-indulgence, and even the longest tracks feel like concise statements. An accusation that there are too many ideas in a work of art is dispelled when they are mostly good ones, as is the case with Bent Knee and 'Say So'."

Read the full article at http://goo.gl/djIlV4

Other recent press:

"A record that confirms its eloquence and ebullience, while also breaking new stylistic and temperamental ground." | The Boston Globe

"Mind boggling... the grandest and subtlest ideas are on the table." | NPR's The ARTery

"[An] ethereal work of art." | Under The Gun

"Expansive, genre-exploding avant rock." | Bandcamp "New and Notable"

"Like the best birthday party you’ve had in years." | Goldmine Magazine

"A celebration of creative freedom and unrestricted musicianship. Easily one of the best albums of the year." | Rebel Noise

Listen to Say So in its entirety at https://bentknee.bandcamp.com/album/say-so