The Young Knives, adopted by my hometown Oxford by way of Loughbrough, are undoubtedly one of the finest post punk guitar bands of the new millennium.
From the early krautrock inspired Walking on the Autobahn to angst ridden shout-a-thon She’s Attracted To via the brilliance of miserabilist anthem Weekends and Bleakdays (Hot Summer) and straight-up rocker Terra Firma, they have provided a plethora of outstanding singles and albums. Blending a mix of peculiarly British eccentricities with influences like Wire, XTC, Gang of Four and The Fall, they earned a nomination for the Mercury Music prize and now, another two albums on, they’ve decided to go DIY.
New album Sick Octave is due in September and will be preceded by a June EP release Oh Happiness. The band launched a Kickstarter campaign a few days ago to fund the album and you can support it, and pick up some unusual goodies from the band, by clicking here.
In the meantime, download the hypnotic, noisy, and excellent, Reproduction from the new EP. Welcome back boys!Follow @madmackerel