The Knocks x Cannons
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville
925 3rd Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
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With touring halted to a standstill during the global lockdown, The Knocks opted to dedicate their time to the studio and began releasing a stunning string of new tracks including "Bodies," a collaboration with indie pop combo MUNA that saw both acts joining forces for a striking remote performance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Knocks then reunited with GRAMMY® Award-nominated indie icons Foster The People for "All About You (Ft. Foster the People)," swiftly reaching the top 15 at Alternative radio outlets nationwide. The Knocks' second alliance with Foster The People following 2018's breakout hit "Ride Or Die (Ft. Foster The People)," the track was further featured as the official theme to TikTok's End of Year Wrapped campaign.
Next, The Knocks linked up with Australian indie rapper Mallrat for "R U HIGH (Ft. Mallrat)," scoring a #1 smash on Australian radio's triple j "Most Played" chart. The hits kept coming through 2021, including "Sound The Alarm (Ft. Rivers Cuomo of Weezer & Royal & The Serpent)" "Bedroom Eyes (Ft. Studio Killers)," and the emotionally driven love story, "River (Ft. Parson James)." The Knocks were featured on "Purple Disco Machine's platinum smash single "Fireworks," proving to be one of the biggest international hits of summer 2021, racking up more than 170M global streams to date and reaching the top 20 on the Global Airplay Chart.
Throughout their career, the duo have collaborated with some of music's biggest names [Carly Rae Jepsen, X Ambassadors, Big Boi] and toured around the world with music heavyweights including The 1975, Justin Bieber, and Ellie Goulding. Their hit single, "Ride or Die" featuring Foster the People reached #11 on the alt radio charts and landed them a live performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. In addition, their collaboration with Sofi Tukker "Best Friend" has accumulated more than 200 million streams across platforms to date. They performed the song live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and was the feature song in Apple's iPhone X campaign and keynote address.
Cycling through states of mind and fits of feeling, CANNONS ebb and flow between otherworldly electro-soundscapes and evocative vocal transmissions, layering breezy pop atop cinematic sonic architecture. The L.A. group -- Michelle Joy [vocals], Ryan Clapham [lead guitar], and Paul Davis [drums, keys] -- physically incite body movement and mentally provoke thought. After amassing hundreds of millions of streams and earning acclaim from Consequence, OnesToWatch, LA Weekly, and more, the trio captivate like never before on their third full-length offering, Fever Dream [out March 25 via Columbia Records].
"A fever dream is a strange situation that feels like a dream," Michelle observes. "It's a confusing experience. You're dreaming, but you're also awake. This sentiment threads through the album. Over the last couple of years, writings songs lifted our spirits. These songs came from different places for all of us even though we went through life together. So, we used this medium as an escape from reality. We hope listeners can exit to a dreamscape in our music."
CANNONS have consistently enabled escape via their songs. Following a tireless grind, they quietly shook-up popular culture with their 2019 independent sophomore outing, Shadows. The single "Fire For You" initially toppled The Hollywood Reporter's Top TV Songs Chart at #1 in the wake of a placement on NETFLIX's Never Have I Ever. The success translated to multiple radio formats as they clinched #1 on both Alternative and Triple A, earning them a 2022 iHeart Radio Award nomination for 'Best New Alternative Artist.' With the song notably eclipsing 77 million Spotify streams, SiriusXM touted the band on the "Class of 2020," while YouTube named CANNONS among its "Artists on the Rise." Beyond inciting critical applause, they wowed audiences at Lollapalooza, Firefly, Outside Lands, and more.
Along the way, they carefully assembled what would become Fever Dream. The musicians worked out of Paul's home studio, while Michelle cut select vocal tracks alone at home.
"We were all in a different headspace from our last album," she admits. "COVID turned our lives upside down. So, it always felt like, 'Is this really happening?' It's a fever dream for the whole world. At the end of 2019, I was working three jobs on top of writing songs and playing with CANNONS. Then, there was nothing, because everything shutdown. It was scary. I lost my job. I didn't know how I was going to pay rent and buy food. Then, all of our biggest dreams came true with the band. Life took another turn. It's still surreal."
The single "Bad Dream" introduced this body of work. Neon synths glow underneath a thick bass line as Michelle's vocals hovers towards the hummable hook, "I've been living in a bad dream."
"I usually run to ease stress," she explains. "One day, I was running down the boardwalk in Venice Beach. Usually, it's very happy. People are smiling and having fun. This time, it was depressing, and everyone looked scared, so I wrote some lyrics on my Notes app. For as dark, personal, and rough as the words are, the vibe is very upbeat. If you're scared and frustrated, you can relate. There's also a good feeling instrumentally. It's a whole meal instead of being either just super bitter or super sweet."
Meanwhile, whistles chirp around a funky guitar lick on "Hurricane." Flush with synths and handclaps, it hinges on a catchy and confident chorus, "I'm coming back like a hurricane. I'm gonna take you higher."
"I wrote most of the lyrics to that song in my bedroom almost overnight," she recalls. "It's really about stepping into my own strengths."
Indicative of the band's evolution, "Purple Sun" leans into island energy with steel drums, while "Tunnel Of You" channels California country as guitar rolls like tumbleweed into fluttering horns. The danceable opener "Come Alive" struts forward on a head-nodding beat as she invokes "the beginning of obsession and love." The breathy "Afterglow" culminates on a pledge, "I'll follow you into the sun."
The record strikes its emotional apex on the finale "Lightning." Acoustic guitar resounds through a soft haze, and the vocals resound, "You are the only thing I've ever gotten right."
"I've always been a hopeless romantic," she says. "It's about finding the right person for you and trusting someone with your heart. Musically, it's one of the first times we've used acoustic guitar, and it makes the track even more intimate."
In the end, CANNONS sound like a dream in the best way.
"These songs kept us going, so I hope people will find a piece of themselves inside of the record," Michelle leaves off. "I've realized how important it is to feel connected to others. I just want everyone to feel a little less alone. There are some lonely songs, some longing songs, and some love songs. Fever Dream represents everything CANNONS is."
Since then, Jules and her guitar [which she named “Earl”] have been inseparable, working tirelessly to refine her craft. She performs live anywhere she can and spends the rest of her time writing emotionally driven songs that touch on themes of relationships, religion, and growing up. Her musical influences span across the musical landscape including Fiona Apple, Patsy Cline, Elliot Smith, and Brandon Flowers. Initially writing alone in her bedroom, Jules recently linked up with GRAMMY nominated songwriter and producer, Benjamin Ruttner (1/2 of The Knocks), to work on her debut music project.