Interview With Young Knives
AS QUINTESSENTIALLY ENGLISH AS PRUDISHNESS, FOOLIGANS AND THE DEATH OF SUMMER
This. Is. The. End. Of. The. Summer. So said Young Knives a while back and their prophecy rings true at around about this time every year when summer collapses around our mucky ears, wild smiles and festival comedowns, bringing with it the onset of hibernation, misty mornings and mass diazepam consumption. Young Knives themselves are as quintessentially English as the aforementioned death of a half-hearted summer. For instance they were originally called Simple Pastoral Existence and they are as inextricably linked to Albion as strawberries and cream, prudishness and fooligans kicking chunks of flesh out of each other outside The Red Lion on any given Saturday.
The post-punk trio formed in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in 1998, and have now released three full length albums. This year, as well as releasing their third album (Ornaments From The Silver Arcade) they have completed a full UK tour (and will head out on the highways and byways of this litter-strewn shithole again in October and November, where they plan to play ‘less visited’ towns), played a number of festivals and even performed an iPhone-powered session for Lauren Laverne. The band released their latest single (Vision in Rags) last week, the lyrics for which came about by cutting up some original song lyrics, rearranging them into a different order and then gluing them onto a huge sheet of paper – a bit like an analogue remix I guess. The final recording of this song used an old rhythm generator (set to bossa nova, obviously) to get the hissy drum machine noise and the discerningly eared amongst you will also notice that the congas being played in the background are being done so by the legendary percussionist Lenny Castro (who has played with Toto, Steely Dan, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder).
You can download the Vision In Rags bundle here and it’ll cost you a few shillings. If you’re feeling austere you may want to download Woman here first as a taster. As always, we’ve brokered a deal so you can have it for free. You should deffo check out the intraview photos below too. They seem to sum things up just perfectly. Do it now before the autumn haze engulfs your absolute everything and Britain finally breaks.