Of Knights and Kings
Although The Knights of Philly is barely a year old, they will be opening for We the Kings at Palousafest, along with Bart Budwig.
Garret Knight and Mark Presley became roommates in September 2010. They decided to start their band in October, shortly after Knight bought his guitar and a cajòn that Presley plays.
The Knights of Philly perform songs they have written, as well as covering bands like Foster the People and City and Colour.
The name of the band is a combination of Knight’s last name, and Presley’s hometown Philadelphia, where he was a drummer in a band called Bangorang.
The Knights of Philly played their first show in Lewiston where they opened for Scottish musician James Rooney.
Teddy Carcich – the bassist – was introduced to the band about a month ago.
Knight started choir in fifth grade, played trumpet in the band in sixth through ninth grade, and picked up the piano his soph=more year of high school.
He didn’t start playing the guitar until the summer before his senior year, about two years ago.
“I always wanted a band, I’ve never been able to find people I can rely on enough,” Knight said. “It’s hard to find really reliable people because it takes a lot of dedication — it’s a part time job basically.”
When he met Presley, Knight said he knew they were going to be good friends and that he could trust him.
Carcich said he is used to playing funk and blues. Indie is a first for him, but he is confident the band can do something cool with it.
“It’s a lot different music than I’m used to playing so it’s a little weird to get a hold of,” he said.
This will be the biggest gig the band has played yet, and they said they are excited to open for We the Kings.
“We’re not making any money from it, we’re just hoping for a bigger fan base,” Knight said.
They said performing at Palousafest will spread the word about The Knights of Philly.
“It’s such a huge opportunity because there are going to be so many people. It will be a good chance for us to get noticed,” Carcich said.