THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. Stephanie Nilles

We had an unexpected visit from Stephanie Nilles, a keyboardist from Louisiana last week and after 2 songs we seriously did not want her to leave. Following her performance at The Corner hosted by She Doesn't Like GuthriesAlex Steed convinced her to drop by the studio and record a few songs with us. Big thanks to Michael Sargent for introducing her to us. You can check out more of her work at www.stephanienilles.com.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. BRZOWSKI

We were joined by BRZOWSKI and ᴄ ᴍᴏɴᴇʏ ʙᴜʀɴꜱ at Maine College of Art, and the performance was as intense as it was entertaining. For being the last of a series of performances that day, and the last hour of a double long production day on our end, these guys brought the same amount of energy as they might have had just waking up. Brzowski has a lot of feelings, and a breadth of perspective, all of which he builds into every song. Enjoy!

Listen to more of Brzowski here: https://brzowskimusic.bandcamp.com/

The Backstairs at Knack Factory is a joint endeavor between us and our creative soulmates at Hot Trash: Portland. It is made possible by Terra Speakers and distributed with help from The Entertainment Experiment.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. Bright boy

Bright Boy, AKA Said Anwar Cato King, dropped this nugget of gold onto brains and blew them wide open. A number of lines from this song became infused into our office exchanges for weeks after the performance. Prepare yourselves, especially if you are wearing jeans.

The Backstairs at Knack Factory is a joint endeavor between us and our creative soulmates at Hot Trash: Portland. It is made possible by Terra Speakers and distributed with help from The Entertainment Experiment.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. Zach Jones and Spencer Albee

Last month at the Backstairs, we were fortunate enough to have Zach Jones and Spencer Albee join to sing a couple songs from their back catalog. We’ve introduced these two on separate occasions as they’re both really meaningful in the Portland music scene, even though Zach now resides in LA. This was a special night as we didn’t know this was on the agenda after they each gave separate performances. They have had a substantial presence in this town for over a decade, Spencer over two. It was fun to see their chemistry immediately light up again as they reminisced about their past joint musical ventures.

Many thanks to our creative partners in crime at Hot Trash: Portland for organizing this chaos and to Terra Speakers for helping to make it possible.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. Will Bradford

Will Bradford [SeepeopleS] has been a part of the Backstairs family since the beginning, and I think he's been at every one of the shows (including the shoot that inspired the series itself). It's been great to have him, and his insight and advice, as we've grown, and it was a great pleasure to have him perform at one of our last sessions.

The Backstairs at Knack Factory is a joint endeavor between us and our creative soulmates at Hot Trash: Portland. It is made possible by Terra Speakers and distributed with help from The Entertainment Experiment.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. Spencer Albee

Spencer Albee joined us to share some upcoming songs, one of of which was "All is Quiet on the Western Prom".

An interesting fact about the intersection of our existence and Spencer's career: The very first published work written by Alex was a profile he wrote about Spencer 16 years ago. That interview, by the way, took place in the food court of The Maine Mall.

You can find Spencer online:

http://www.spenceralbee.com

The Backstairs at Knack Factory is a joint endeavor between us and our creative soulmates at Hot Trash: Portland. It is made possible by Terra Speakers and distributed with help from The Entertainment Experiment.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. Joel Thetford

We had the great pleasure of welcoming the talented Joel Thetford back in to record with us at the Backstairs Series. We last saw him as part of our one day marathon of Tiny Desk submission videos back in December. This time he invited Ian Riley and Megan Martelle to play along and we are grateful they could all make it.

You can find more from Joel Thetford here:

http://www.joelthetford.com/

The Backstairs at Knack Factory is a joint endeavor between us and our creative soulmates at Hot Trash: Portland. It is made possible by Terra Speakers.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. WESTERN MEDICINE

Alex saw Western Medicine at All Roads Music Festival in Belfast a few weeks back. It was their first show—they performed in the basement of a grange hall or community center—and they blew everyone away. They only played one other show before performing 11 songs in 18 minutes at our last Backstairs Session. We were eager to have them and it's very safe to say that they didn't disappoint. Also, this time around we shot at the Maine College of Art sound studio because this go-round was hosted while we were producing all of the content at Maine Startup and Create Week.

Here they perform "We Like to Rock" and "Ecstatic Question"

You can hear their full performance on the Backstairs Sessions podcast: 

http://www.knack-factory.com/…/backstairs-series-western-me…

Enjoy!

The Backstairs is presented in partnership with Hot Trash: Portland and it's made possible by Terra Speakers. It's distributed with help from The Entertainment Experiment.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. ZACH JONES

Zach Jones is a musician based in Los Angeles, though here in Portland we fancy him our own. While visiting Maine to play a few shows he was kind and gracious enough to spend some time with us in our studio. He is as lovely as he is talented and we are grateful that he was willing to play at the Backstairs.

Here he performs Little Light.

You can find Zach online here:

https://zachjonestunes.bandcamp.com/

You can see Zach perform alongside the wonderful Armies tomorrow night [Friday] at Portland House of Music and Events

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. Fenimore 夢, AKA James Paul Cooper

Fenimore 夢, AKA James Paul Cooper, is an electronic musician based here in Portland, Maine. I don’t know how I would go about describing who he is or what he does—his own descriptions are one or two words long and sometimes they aren’t in English—and I am getting older and have no idea how to describe what I acknowledge is cool and moves me without sounding like a totally out of touch asshole. So I’ll let his performance, which moved everybody in attendance, speak for itself.

Recorded in front of a live audience at the Knack Factory Studio, the Backstairs Sessions features musicians performing short sets of original music in Portland, Maine.

Many thanks to our collaborative twinsies at Hot Trash: Portland for organizing the performance end of this whole shebang, and to Terra Speakers for underwriting it.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. SEA LEVEL - DAN CAPALDI

This week’s session features Sea Level - Dan Capaldi. Dan is a prolific musician around these parts—we’ve worked with him in the context of SeepeopleS in the past, and he put on a beautiful show here. It’s multi-format with special emphasis on performance — it was detailed down to the way the audience was alerted that he was starting—or, more specifically, not alerted all. People were given shakers that were incorporated into the set. He was equal parts intense and thoughtful while captivating everybody in the room.

You can find more from Sea Level on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/sea-level

Many thanks to our creative partners in crime at Hot Trash: Portland for organizing this chaos and to Terra Speakers for helping to make it possible.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. FORGET, FORGET

In addition to being recorded from the normal 3 camera angles at the Back Stairs Sessions here, Forget, Forget also volunteered to host our 360 degree camera rig right in between them during their recent performance at Knack Factory. We're psyched to share this unusual and captivating view of the duo perform "Back To Me."

Shoutout to Hot Trash: Portland, our partners in this endeavor, and series sponsors Terra Speakers.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. THE ASTHMATIC

We were not sure what to expect from The Asthmatic when she came to The Backstairs Sessions. She immediately strikes as this slight and delightfully eccentric creature—initially entirely unassuming—and then she got in front of the crowd and delivered this ferociously enthusiastic performance. You are in for a treat. Here, The Asthmatic performs Pearling.

The Backstairs at Knack Factory is a loving partnership with Hot Trash: Portland and made possible by Terra Speakers.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. THE GHOSTS OF JOHNSON CITY

The Ghosts of Johnson City joined us for our last session of The Back Stairs. Here they performed The Devil's Gold, and it was all sorts of beautiful.

As always, thanks so much to our partners in this endeavor Hot Trash: Portland, and many thanks to Terra Speakers for sponsoring this go-round.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. SAMUEL JAMES

Our great friend Samuel James stopped by to perform One Eyed Katie at The Back Stairs at Knack Factory. Before playing, Sam talked a bit about opening for Johnny Winter, playing for bikers at bottle parties, and the one-eyed lady herself. A million thanks to Samuel for stopping by.

The Back Stairs at Knack Factory is made possible by way of a partnership between us, Knack Factory, and Hot Trash: Portland.

Finally, many thanks to our friends at Terra Speakers for making The Back Stairs possible.

THE BACK STAIRS AT KNACK FACTORY FEAT. CLARA JUNKEN

A while back, along with our friend Victoria at Hot Trash: Portland, we started having bands come and play in our space and recorded those performances.

About once a week we'll release our favorite performance from each set. The first song, "Selfish Soul", comes by way of the dynamic, soulful [and hilarious IRL] Clara Junken.

We're calling the series The Back Stairs at Knack Factory, which will make sense for as long as we are in this studio, we suppose.

Many thanks to our friends at Terra Speakers for making The Back Stairs possible.

The Back Stairs at Knack Factory feat. Clara Junken + Anarkitty

The Back Stairs at Knack Factory feat. Clara Junken + Anarkitty

Last Thursday night Clara Junken and Anarkitty were kind enough to come by the studio and play some music to be Guinea Pigs for The Back Stairs at Knack Factory, a live music video series we're dreamt up in collaboration with Hot Trash: Portland