A love letter to a community written by those that know it best.
Knife Club are a DIY punk supergroup featuring members of Haest, Nosebleed, Faintest Idea, Casual Nausea, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, Mousebrass and Matilda’s Scoundrels. The band spent months building up hype, hiding their identities and pushing the #whoareknifeclub? hashtag. Then Covid19 happened and all their gigs got cancelled. Maybe #sociallydistancedsongwritingandbandpractisesbeforeitwascool is a better hashtag?
Knife Club were formed at Wotsit Called Festival in 2018 after Eliott Verity (Nosebleed) and Dan Flanagan (Haest/Matilda’s Scoundrels) drunkenly decided they wanted to start a band and get matching tattoos. They subsequently went around the venue and randomly invited the other members, who were all playing at Wotsit Called, to join. Obviously getting the tattoo was non-negotiable. Zoë Barrow (Casual Nausea/Mousebrass), Chris ‘Big Hands’ Hinsley (Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man), Dani Rascal (Faintest Idea) and Andy Davies (Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man) all agreed, probably assuming it would never actually happen.
With band members living in Hastings, Ipswich, Kings Lynn, Manchester and Leeds the band had to endure a bitter North versus South divide and practises that can only be described as ‘logistical nightmares’. In fact, prior to hitting the studio to record ‘We Are Knife Club’, the band had managed just one practise with everyone there. Knife Club kept their identities secret until their debut album went on pre-order, yet again taking a joke too far and subsequently annoying/exciting everyone with their #whoareknifeclub? hype campaign.
The band line up with Zoë and Andy on vocals, Eliott on guitar and vocals, Dan on guitar, Dani on bass and vocals and Hands on drums. They recorded their debut album, ‘We Are Knife Club’ in January 2020. It was produced by Ben Hannah (Nosebleed) at Organworks in Leeds. During the first Lockdown in 2020, the band started working on some (almost) acoustic material, which resulted in a new 7” record, which included three brand new tracks and new versions of two album tracks. It also featured guest appearances from Tessa Hunt (Stand Out Riot) on violin and Ben Hannah (Nosebleed) on tambourine, güiro and shaker. Ben also mixed and mastered the record.
Knife Club were booked to play several festivals and a series of club gigs in the UK and in Denmark in 2020. They were raring to go and famously stated “not even a global pandemic can stop us now”.
So far they haven’t played a gig…
“It is more than a bit special… a rip roaring ride of amazing stuff… seriously amazing lyrics… watch out for this band, they are gonna storm the DIY punk scene once lockdown is over”. Issue Zine
“A masterclass in marketing… they implore us to ‘get involved and play a part”; the type of inclusive gang mentality that will make you want to sign up to be a card-carrying member of Knife Club – you’ll need your own ‘shit tattoo ’though.” 5/5 The Punk site
“This album is a love letter to a community written by those that know it best.” Tonko Jeff
“Knife Club have just released one of the best albums of the year.” Just Some Punk Songs