KNTRLR originally started as an outlet for bastard songs. Michael Henry and Charles Davis have played for 10+ years in indie rock bands, but when they realized they were more interested in electronic music and rap, KNTRLR was born. KNTRLR may be an electronic production duo, but it contains the kinetic energy that can only come from humans beating on instruments. Live they play with friends they know from the NY music scene who help fill out the sound and provide an energy you can’t get with samples streaming out of a laptop.
KNTRLR “is”: Blown out electronic samples; Sweaty dancefloors at airport Marriotts; Tom Waits; Dudes in their 30s; David Lee Roth; Chicago juke music; Cheap frozen drinks; Death Grips if they worked in Manhattan’s Panini District; Musical instruments from Radioshack; Music blasted into the howling emptiness of space.
KNTRLR are: Charles Davis grew up in LA and experienced success at a young age with appearances on popular early-90’s programs like “Wild Animal Games with Ryan Seacrest”, as well as a random smatter- ing of made-for-TV movies. Quickly disenchanted with acting, he refocused his creative energy on music and learned to play the drums. Again, early success – it wasn’t long before he was opening for 80’s new wave one-hit wonders Missing Persons and holding psychedelic greenroom philosophy salons with Rick James. Michael Henry, on the other hand, had a strict Christian upbringing in Oklahoma and was groomed for Seminary School until he abandoned the road of righteousness.
For those on the east coast, the band also has some upcoming shows this fall in Philadelphia, New Jersey and their home turf of Brooklyn; head below for more show details. Currently on Goodnight Records, the band will be releasing their debut LP in the late winter/early spring of 2014.
10/29 – Cameo Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
11/5 – JR’s – Philadelphia, PA
11/8 – Clash Bar – Clifton NJ