Formed in 2002, Young Knives quickly rose to prominence with their distinctive blend of art-rock and punk with razor-sharp lyrics. Led by brothers Henry Dartnall (vocals/guitar) and Thomas Dartnall aka The House Of Lords (vocals/bass), the band captured the attention of music enthusiasts and critics alike with their unconventional sound and idiosyncratic approach to songwriting.
Young Knives released their classic, Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut Voices of Animals and Men in 2006. Produced by Andy Gill of Gang of Four the album’s standout tracks, such as “She’s Attracted To”, “The Decision” and “Weekends and Bleak Days (Hot Summer)”, all of which charted in the UK Top 40, demonstrated their ability to seamlessly blend angular guitar riffs, catchy hooks, and witty lyrics that critiqued modern society with a sardonic wit.
Building on the success of their debut, Young Knives released their second album Superabundance in 2008. The album expanded upon their signature sound while exploring new sonic territories. Songs like “Terra Firma”, “Up All Night” and “Turn Tail” highlighted the band’s evolution, incorporating elements of post-punk and new wave into their music. Superabundance further solidified Young Knives’ reputation as innovators in the indie-rock scene, earning critical acclaim and a loyal fan base.
Commenting on the reissues and live dates Henry Dartnall says: “I don’t remember being in this band but I do like some of the tunes on these records. Some of the B-sides are really great. One positive aspect of not remembering anything is that we can now listen as music lovers rather than with the hyper-critical ear of tormented artists. Doing a re-release of the early stuff is all the rage but getting all misty eyed about the past is a drag. But the Universe thought it was important enough to allow these tunes to reach the wider public at the time and in amongst all the showing off and self-congratulatory larking about I think there is something beautiful to connect with on these records. We hope that whoever’s ears pass across them also finds some light and joy in them to celebrate now, and not just an echo of the past. It also seems like a great excuse for the current band who seemingly share the same name as this band, to perform in public. So we will do that with a respectful nod to the past and a louder celebratory howl to the present moment.”
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