Exclusive: Photos From Life On The Road With The Knocks
Justin Bieber needs no introduction (interpret that as you will), but that’s not to say he’s exempt from touring alongside other groups, and when he does, only the best are chosen. Enter The Knocks: electronic music duo B-roc (Ben Ruttner) and JPatt (James Patterson). When their debut album 55 dropped in March of last year, it wasn’t long before Bieber got in touch, and the rest, as they say, is history (and by that we mean, a two-month all-out Bieber-fever tour, never to be forgotten).
“We were in so many incredible cities and countries in such a quick time, it was hard to not want to take photos of everything,” said Ben, who coincidently photographed the entire trip. “The tour was a once in a lifetime experience and these photos really only capture a fraction of the magic.”
And the tour itself? Unforgettable might just be the perfect word.
“We had the pleasure of bringing some friends as guests vocalists out to sing with us at a couple shows including Phoebe Ryan, Dagny, and Julie Bergan,” said Ben. “Bieber’s whole crew was really welcoming and cool with us. Almost every night Justin’s DJ, Tay James, would do an afterparty in the city we were in and we’d go out and get loose.”
Two months and 13 rolls of film later, The Knocks are back on this side of the pond, and making serious waves on their home turf; with a brand-new EP set to drop on February 3, titled Testify, and a recently-released “Trouble” single featuring Absofacto out now (peep it below), they’ve got their hands full, to say the least. If you’re already looking to their next tour, you’re in luck—dates have already been announced, and we’ve included them below. Word to the wise—get your tickets now (while you still can). Trust us.
Woman in Paris.Doing at TAPE in London at an afterparty.Working on new music in the back of the tour bus.Wandering in Zurich, Switzerland.Loved the disco ball ceiling at this club in Zurich.Exploring the woods in Glasgow.Street art in Lisbon, Portugal.Hanging at the Eiffel Tower on our first day of tour.Phoebe Ryan in Paris.Our friend Giza in Amsterdam.
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
Images courtesy of Ben Ruttner
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