An indie band struggling for years, their big break came in 2002 when they signed to local label Shifty Disco. Since then they have released three major albums, have toured the UK extensively and supported bands such as The Futureheads, Hot Hot Heat, Dirty Pretty Things and Kaiser Chiefs. Their version of "indie" however, is a refreshing throwback to the classic days of Interpol and Joy Division; though at the same time the Young Knives keep their music experimental and innovative.
It's hard to believe sometimes that the sounds you hear are simply a bass, guitar and drums, and they are obviously extremely musically talented. They also appear to be an honest band, and don't seem to be overconfident like others in the genre. They are content doing their own thing, not worrying about "making it big" etc; and simply enjoying making music. In short, a true indie band, not lowering themselves to the status of a sell-out, like so many artists have done.
Even their music videos are interesting, and they seem to have talent with the camera, or at least a knack for finding people who do. The production team behind them are obviously top notch as well, the direction of the videos being first class compared to other bands of the same stature. In fact, you'd be lucky to find professionally made music videos made by artists that aren't in the charts or at least funded by a major label.
The music itself is diverse; with tracks like "Part Timer" from the album "Voices of Animals and Men, being a mad rush of energy, conveying frustration and defeat. Furthermore, the very Radiohead-esque "The Decision" from the same album is unexpectedly tranquil yet addictive. "John" from "The Young Knives... Are Dead" is aggressive and powerful, the kind of thing indie music needs now, something controversial and hard hitting, and "Love my name" from the newly released album "Ornaments From The Silver Arcade" shows that the quality of music isn't going downhill at all, and that the Young Knives still maintain the creativity and strength of their previous two albums.
Live, the Young Knives go into overdrive, and are definitely a band which is superior on stage than in the studio; excellent news for the fans. Check out their website for upcoming shows; they seem to tour quite a bit so chances are they'll be in your area sometime in the next year.
Young Knives are an original group with a heap of talent and the ability to write interesting and intelligent music. They are definitely worth a listen to, if you are into the indie music scene. Look to their website, MySpace, Facebook or Twitter for more information.