Posts Tagged ‘Young Knives’

The Young Knives have released a typically oddball video for their track White Sands (which they have described as “Almost a bit like “Song 2″ but more Big Black”). Either way the video is full of flags, bugs, crustaceans and Mentos! Go figure, good song though!

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Mad Mackerel 5:1 Young Knives

A month ago, Young Knives released their fourth album proper (and fifth if you count debut mini-album The Young Knives …Are Dead) entitled Sick Octave. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, it is a typically wilful and exhilarating sharp left turn from the band following the bright indie pop of Ornaments From The Silver Arcade, encompassing jagged industrial beats, ferocious krautrock, the occasional sneering brit-pop pastiche, and plenty more besides.The Young Knives Sick Octave

Thankfully, it is also brilliant – a thrilling, buzzing, breakneck ride through their observations of a declining, drowning modern Britain drawn with their ever persistent caustic black humour.

We love them too for being sort of local boys, Oxford by way of Leicestershire, and for being deliverers of some of the best gigs we’ve ever seen in our city of dreaming spires.

So grab the album here, and see how they responded to our 5:1 questions!

Five words to describe your music:
Fucked up white boy shit.

One book you’d recommend to an alien:
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground.

Five bands (or albums) that have most influenced you?
The Pop Group – Y
Steely Dan – Katy Lied
MIA – Kala
This Heat – Deceit
The Raincoats – Odyshape

One moment in time you’d like to have witnessed:
I’d quite like to have seen Jimi Hendrix’s first UK gig at the Cromellian surrounded by the cool cats of the time all shitting themselves, especially Clapton.

Five people (living or dead) you’d love to share a stage-jam with:
I don’t do jams but if I had to I would choose: Charles Bullen, Don Van Vliet, Viv Albertine, George Clinton, and Robert Wyatt.

One biggest regret in your career (to date):
Letting our then manager turn down an appearance on the IT Crowd, we wanted to do it so badly but he said we would look like dicks.

Five things on your perfect rider:young knives
A fruit mountain, preferably with fresh figs
A cheese board
Indian head massage
All the ingredients for a Margarita
KP Skips

One hour to live – who would you spend it with, and why?
My wife and kids because I like them.

Five Perfect Songs:
The Slits – Typical Girls
This Heat – Health And Efficiency
Alien Sex Fiend – Ignore The Machine
Fat White Family – Cream Of The Young
The Pop Group – She Is Beyond Good And Evil

One song of yours that you’d most like to be played in 50 years time:
Any really but I’ll pick We Could be Blood from the new album.

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Remember to check the side bar for details of all our other five to one interviews with Blitzen Trapper, John Murry, Simone Felice and many more.

The Young Knives Sick Octave

We’ve posted one taste from the forthcoming Young Knives album Sick Octave, which is due for release in November, and now we have another in the shape of new single We Could Be Blood (out on 28th October). They will also be on tour throughout most of November (dates below).

They are perhaps our most natural successors to that great line of observational, and opinionated, British bands (The Kinks, Wire, XTC etc.) that have so brilliantly chronicled our times from the perspective of the outsiders, the lonely, the geeks, and the nerds – in truth, all of us really.

Sombre, unsettling, a little sly, perhaps malevolent, We Could Be Blood is a swirling, claustrophobic masterpiece.

Tour Dates:

October
Sat 26 – OXFORD, The Cellar

November
Tue 5 – GLASGOW, O2 ABC
Wed 6 – BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy
Thu 7 – CARDIFF, Clwb Ifor Bach
Fri 8 – LONDON, O2 Academy Islington
Sat 9 – SOUTHAMPTON, The Joiners
Sun 10 – ST ALBANS, The Horn
Tue 12 – NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
Wed 13 – SHEFFIELD, O2 Academy
Thu 14 – LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy
Tue 19 – MANCHESTER, Sound Control
Wed 20 – HEBDEN BRIDGE, Trades Club
Sat 23 – BEDFORD, Esquires

New Young Knives Track

We have had a taste already from the Young Knives forthcoming album Sick Octave, which sees a release on November 4th following a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Here is another, and Something Awful would seem to confirm that the three piece have gleefully taken a sharp left to deliver something darker and more industrial than anything they have done before.

The band say of the song, “Something Awful is a mix of all different musical styles that we like. It’s got bits from Silver Apples, Bowie, Major Lazer, Led Zeppelin all mixed together. My grandpa’s Alzheimer’s inspired the lyrics, but I used that real experience to inform something more vaguely about metamorphosis. It’s also about changing into some kind of super killer monster.”

Have a listen.

Videos of the Day

An excellent set of videos/tunes today from the outstanding Joe Pug with a lyric video with a slight difference and the song itself, a cover of Harvey “Tex” Thomas Young’s Deep Dark Wells is a stunner. We have the Young Knives continuing their welcome return with their new musical film for Maureen, and Soledad Velez’s video for Black Light In The Forest. Lastly, we have MM faves, Hookworms and their new video for On Returning.

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Return Of The Young Knives

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!

Seeing the Young Knives perform at Truck recently reminded me what a damn fine band they are. Last week they released a new single from latest album Ornaments From The Silver Arcade.

Vision In Rags melds the band’s well known piquant lyricism to a carnival swing fit to grace Notting Hill. The single is available to download as a bundle with new and exclusive content. Why not take a couple of minutes to watch the video.

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The sun shone, the bands played, and, as ever, a good time was had by all. Roll on Truck Festival 2012.

Download Richmond Fontaine – The Boyfriends mp3 (from We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River)

Download Cashier No. 9 – Lost At Sea mp3 (from To The Death Of Fun)

Download Pete & The Pirates – Mr Understanding mp3 (from Little Death)

Download Lanterns On The Lake – You’re Almost There mp3 (from Gracious Tide, Take Me Home)

Download Caitlin Rose – Shotgun Wedding mp3 (from Dead Flowers EP)

Download Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues mp3 (from Harlem River Blues)

Download Sea of Bees – The Woods mp3 (from The Woods EP)

Download The Duke & The King – If You Ever Get Famous mp3 (from Nothing Gold Can Stay)

Download John Grant – I Wanna Go To Marz mp3 (from Queen Of Denmark)

Download Alessi’s Ark – Shovelling mp3 (from Soul Proprietor EP)

Download Chad Valley – Ensoniq Funk mp3 (from Chad Valley EP)

Download Admiral Fallow – Squealing Pigs mp3 (from Boots Met My Face)

Download Tunng – Don’t Look Down Or Back mp3 (from …And Then We Saw Land)

Download Jonquil – Get Up mp3 (from One Hundred Suns EP)

Download Johnny Flynn – Kentucky Pill mp3 (from Been Listening)

Download The Young Knives – Walking On The Autobahn mp3 (from The Young Knives…Are Dead)

Download Dry The River – New Ceremony mp3 (from New Ceremony Single)

Download Little Fish – Wonderful mp3

Download Nathaniel Rateliff – Early Spring Till mp3 (from In Memory Of Loss)

Download Trophy Wife – Microlite (Acoustic Version) mp3

Truck Festival - Free Download Mixtape. Tomorrow sees the start of the marvellous Truck Festival near Oxford. We went last year and had a brilliant time and are thoroughly looking forward to this year’s event where the line-up includes Gruff Rhys, Graham Coxon, Saint Etienne, John Grant, The Young Knives, Edwyn Collins, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, The Duke & The King, Tunng, Justin Townes Earle, Alessi’s Ark, Sea Of Bees, Pete & The Pirates, Caitlin Rose, Lanterns On The Lake, Cashier No. 9 and (as the cliché goes) many, many more.

There will also be another Truck America this year in New York state in September, featuring none less than The Felice Brothers, Vetiver, Wye Oak, The Hold Steady and the Low Anthem amongst others.

To celebrate the festival we’ve put together a mix-tape of 15 great tracks for you. Also look out for a couple more Truck related posts tomorrow and Saturday.

Tickets and information can still be got here – you won’t be disappointed!

For Truck America click here.

Enjoy the mix…

Download Cashier No. 9 – Lost At Sea mp3 (from To The Death Of Fun)

Download Lanterns On The Lake – You’re Almost There mp3 (from Gracious Tide, Take Me Home)

Download Caitlin Rose – Shotgun Wedding mp3 (from Dead Flowers EP)

Download Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues mp3 (from Harlem River Blues)

Download Sea of Bees – The Woods mp3 (from The Woods EP)

Download The Duke & The King – If You Ever Get Famous mp3 (from Nothing Gold Can Stay)

Download John Grant – I Wanna Go To Marz mp3 (from Queen Of Denmark)

Download Alessi’s Ark – Shovelling mp3 (from Soul Proprietor EP)

Download Chad Valley – Ensoniq Funk mp3 (from Chad Valley EP)

Download Admiral Fallow – Squealing Pigs mp3 (from Boots Met My Face)

Download Tunng – Don’t Look Down Or Back mp3 (from …And Then We Saw Land)

Download Jonquil – Get Up mp3 (from One Hundred Suns EP)

Download Johnny Flynn – Kentucky Pill mp3 (from Been Listening)

Download The Young Knives – Walking On The Autobahn mp3 (from The Young Knives…Are Dead)

Download Dry The River – New Ceremony mp3 (from New Ceremony Single)