Gravity Noir

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Gravity Noir
Gravity Noir.jpg
Original Gravity Noir bandmembers. Front L-R: Peter Goos, Patrick Knight, Alex da Luz and Jorg Van der Heyden.
Background information
OriginLondon, England
Genres
Years active1990–present
Labels
Associated actsGreater Than One
Websitegravitynoir.com
MembersPatrick Knight
Andrew Williams
Ambrosia Dash

Gravity Noir[1] is a British synth-pop band that was established in the early 1990s.

The only permanent member since the founding of the band is singer and producer Patrick John Angele Knight[2] with a Dual citizenship, he's both British and Belgian. (Deurne, Belgium, 18 March 1965). Patrick Knight, back in the 1990s, performed as a Boy George tribute act. Between 1985 and 1996, he participated in several sound mix competitions, some of them broadcast on Belgian television, but Patrick was also seen on 'Stars in Their Eyes' the ITV television show. He earned 2nd place as Boy George in VTM (TV channel) Soundmixshow, hosted by Henny Huisman. Winning another 3rd place as Boy George in VTM (TV channel) Soundmixshow, this time hosted by Bart Kaëll (Only a photo remains).

Bart Kaëll and Patrick Knight as Boy George

Another most memorable performance for Gravity Noir was their first television performance as Culture Club in July 1996, hosted by Jo De Poorter (VT4, Belgian TV channel).[3] Unfortunately they failed to get through to the final. Patrick Knight launched his solo career back in 1986 with the single 'I Don't Love You Anymore'.[4] A year later, in 1987 he received the honour and title of being one of the top 12 best soundmixers in Belgium. To celebrate this event, an album was released [5] by the well-known Belgian magazine Joepie, which still exists today. The album included Patrick Knight's cover of Boy George's version of Everything I Own. In 1990 he released a second single, which was a remix for Culture Club's 'Time, Clock of The Heart' [6] Patrick Knight got involved with a side project called Greater Than One (GTO short) and released a 12-inch single called 'Listen to the Rhythm Flow' in 1991,[7] which became a worldwide success.[8] It was then that the name Gravity Noir was used for the very first time.

Greater Than One, Patrick Knight at the back with arms up

Early years[edit]

Patrick Knight as Boy George.

Gravity Noir was founded in Antwerp by Patrick Knight with British roots, the only permanent member since the establishment. Javier Rodriguez Iglesias with Spanish roots, also known as DJ Linetech, was the first to produce a few songs for Gravity Noir. Later on the music production was handed over to Peter Goos. The repertoire mainly consisted of covers of famous songs from the 80's. The two dancers Alex da Luz and Jorg Van der Heyden, completed the original band setup. The group changed their name to Basics (B6) for a short period, with a lot of extra new faces, which included the female singer CJ and dancer Sofie. With their new name of B6 they recorded their very first official music video for a remix that Peter Goos made of the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark hit Enola Gay (song). This video was broadcast several times on the Belgian television channel FilmNet / Kanaal+.[9] Unfortunately without much success. The band continued to record demos in the late 90's and soon got the chance to perform live. They have always been independent under their own record labels: 'Jumping Man Records',[10] and 'A Gravity Production'.[11] On 23 April 2011, a first official single called 'I've Got the Power' was released, under the name of "The Sisters of Divine Pleasure", featuring Patrick Knight as Drag queen "Titless Strangé".[12] In 2016, Patrick Knight decided to use the original band's name Gravity Noir for all future productions.[13]

Later years and up to present days[edit]

The power of Gravity Noir, is to offer their independent bandmembers the opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity individually.

Andrew Williams joined the band in 2016 to take care of the graphic designs and also to derive his singing voice and talent with wind instruments for Gravity Noir's music projects.

Gravity Noir - Andrew Williams (Band member)

Andrew Williams is an artistic painter from Wakefield in West Yorkshire[14] The female lead singer Ambrosia Dash, who already lent her voice for Patrick Knight's solo projects, has sung several songs since Gravity Noir's comeback. She would prefer to remain in anonymity. An official single and associated videoclip called 'Mystery Knight',[15] was released by Gravity Noir on April 7, 2016. The videoclip was recorded at Ter Apel Monastery in the Netherlands during the well-known annual medieval festival Medieval Ter Apel.[16] Three albums have been released so far, 'The Early Years', 'Handmade' and 'Liberation'. The album 'Liberation' provided the band two number one hits in the UK N1M EDM (Electronic dance music) charts. Namely 'Open Your Mind'[17] and 'Avalon L.A.'.[18] In 2019 they started working on their latest album 'Future Days' which is due for release in March 2020. A first single 'Flying High' from this album was officially released on March 22, 2019. A successor with the title 'Planet Called Love' was released during the summer of 2019. Due to Patrick Knight's life-threatening heart condition Brugada syndrome, it is no longer possible for him to perform live. That is why the group is still looking for a new lead singer.

Patrick Knight still writes, produces and composes all music for Gravity Noir. He has reworked the track "The Thrifty Wife & the Kite" by the folk and ceilidh dance band Banjax into a Gravity Noir remix version. A special Christmas edition was released end of November 2019.[19] The remixed track also features on Gravity Noir's new album 'Future Days" (Release 18 March 2020). The original track was written by Keith Leech back in 1992. Keith Leech and Patrick Knight are cousins.

Charity[edit]

Patrick Knight with his group Gravity Noir are also well committed to charity. For example, during the summer of 2016, the band recorded the single 'Another Dimension (Dementia)' and accompanying video for the benefits of the Alzheimer League Flanders and Alzheimer's Society United Kingdom. The presentation was supported and attended by the published press.[20] An article appeared in Belgium newspapers.[21][22][23][24][25] At the beginning of 2017 they released the single and video for 'Much Too Soon to Say Goodbye' to discuss and debate the issues around suicide. In September 2018 they released the single and video for 'Open Your Mind (The Future is Ours Remix)'. For this track they found the support and help from film director Lubomir Arsov.[26] Lubomir Arsov is also a storyboard and character artist. He has worked on major film productions, such as Ice Age: Collision Course,[27] The Peanuts Movie[28] and The Book of Life (2014 film),[29] proving his innovative and original animation skills.[30] Lubomir Arsov gave his permission to use some images from his short film 'In-shadow: A Modern Odyssey (2017)' for the Gravity Noir music video 'Open Your Mind (The Future is Ours Remix)'.[31] For this project, the theme revolves around the many prejudices that exist about psychological problems, bullying behaviour and not being accepted due to externally invisible physical defects.

Bandmembers[edit]

  • Patrick Knight (Producer, main vocals, backing vocals, bongo's, electronic sounds) 1990–present
  • Javier Rodriguez Iglesias (Synthesizers, keyboards, electronic sounds) 1990 - 1996 and 2016 - 2019
  • Peter Goos (Synthesizers, keyboards) 1996 - 1998
  • Ambrosia Dash (Main vocals, backing vocals) 1990 -1993 and 2016–present
  • Charles Temmerman (Backing vocals) 1990 - 1993
  • Alex da Luz (Dancer) 1996 - 2012
  • Jorg Van der Heyden (Dancer, graphic designer) 1996 - 2019
  • C.J. (Main vocals, backing vocals, dancer) 1996 - 1997
  • Sofie (Dancer) 1996 -1997
  • Andrew Williams (Main vocals, backing vocals, wind instruments, graphic designer) 2016–present
  • Kenny Patrick Cogen (Dancer, Actor) 2016–present
  • Suzanne Vuegen (Dancer, Actress, Model) 2016–present
Gravity Noir - Kenny Patrick Cogen and Suzanne Vuegen (Band members)

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • The Early Years 2016 (CD Baby/Gravity Productions UPC 191061029427)[32]
  • Handmade 2016 (CD Baby/Indieplant/Gravity Productions UPC 0680596923527)[33][34]
  • Liberation 2017 (CD Baby/Gravity Productions UPC 191924097662)[35][36][37]
  • The Singles 2017 (CD Baby/Gravity Productions UPC 191924217718)[38]
  • The Remixes 2017 (CD Baby/Gravity Productions UPC 191924450573)[39]
  • Future Days 2020 (Expected)
EP's
  • Welcome to My Gravity 2016 (CD Baby/Gravity Productions UPC 191061056942)[40]
  • The Remix EP 2016 (CD Baby/Gravity Productions UPC 190394642938)
  • Into a New World 2017 (CD Baby/Gravity Productions UPC 191924194972)[41]
Singles

Charts songs[edit]

List of charted songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions
Weeks in chart Album
UK
"Avalon L.A." 2017 1[85] 49 Liberation
"Open your mind" 2019 1[86] 49
"Into a new world" 2017 4[87] 49
List of charted songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions
Weeks in chart Album
UK
"Hot summer medley" 2019 5[88] 4 Future days
"Planet called love" 2019 4[89] 18

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