The Knocks Sell Out Brooklyn Steel in a "Knock-Out" Show
It was a cold and rainy night in Brooklyn, but that didn’t stop devoted fans of electronic music duo The Knocks from coming out in full force. Brooklyn Steel - an iconic warehouse venue in East Williamsburg - was packed to capacity for this sold-out show. Music & Mojitos was glad to be part of that crowd, and in case you missed it, we’ve got the low-down on their epic set.
The Knocks are an electronic music/Nu-disco duo from New York, NY, who got their name from all the knocks they would get on their apartment door from neighbors complaining about all the loud music. The duo is comprised of Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "JPatt" Patterson (vocals and guitar) and accompanied by a new band formation that included a female bassist, a female guitarist, and a drummer. The Knocks were supported by opening acts Blu DeTiger and Young & Sick. All three worked together to create an epic night of fun and revelry on a late Saturday night in Brooklyn.
The Knocks concluded the tour of their latest album, New York Narcotics, in one of two final homecoming shows in NYC (the other one is TONIGHT at Baby’s All Right). New York Narcotics - their sophomore album - was released in September 2018, and has several catchy tunes including “Ride or Die” (featuring Foster the People) and “Brazilian Soul” (featuring SOFI TUKKER).
The When & Where
On Saturday, February 23rd The Knocks had the entire warehouse at Brooklyn Steel on their feet dancing the night away from the time they took the stage at 10:20pm until the concert’s conclusion around midnight. If you've ever been to Brooklyn Steel, you know how huge it is. When we say packed, we mean bursting-at-the-seams PACKED. Although there were a lot of bodies, no one seemed to mind - if anything, the energy of the crowd was tangible from the moment the guys took the stage.
The Knocks’ show at Brooklyn Steel was unlike any show we’ve recently been to, in part because the duo and their super-talented accompanying band worked together to create a symbiotic relationship with the audience. We loved The Knocks’ gospel-influenced call-and-response bit, where the guys encouraged fans to create a spirit of community through engagement and interaction with one another. In another equally interactive moment, JPatt told the audience “this is the part where we’re going to just get up here and dance; and you can either stand there and watch us, or you can dance along.” Fans went wild with participation. We also loved the disco-esque costumes which featured lots of glitter, sequins, New York themed garb, and neon-green hair. The guys were classically cool without trying too hard, and the chill vibe permeated throughout Brooklyn Steel. Some highlights of their performance included “Brazillian Nights” as well as their rendition of SOFI TUKKER’s “Best Friend” (one couldn’t help but hope that SOFI TUKKER, who appear frequently in NY, would make a surprise appearance on stage), although The Knocks true success lies in their ability to create a mood out of music. If you’ve ever wondered what Studio 54 must have felt like back in the day, we think that The Knocks managed to come as close to that experience as possible. We look forward to catching them next time they’re in the city!