After spending months building up hype with the #whoareknifeclub? hashtag and a load of social media teasing, the Knife Club/TNSrecords supergroup project seamlessly managed to line up their launch and subsequent gigs and festival dates with the launch of a global pandemic and national lockdown and as a result, fell flat on its face. In response to this, the band formerly known as ‘the most mysterious band in DIY punk’ decided that the next thing they would attempt to do would be to see how much music they could release without ever playing a gig.
Ripchord records asked Knife Club to contribute a track to an acoustic punk compilation. All proceeds of the compilation go to the mental health charity Support In Mind – www.supportinmindscotland.org.uk
The band managed to knock together a new version of album favourite, ‘The Tibby Tan Tiger’, substituting drums for a cajon and inviting Tessa Hunt (of Stand Out Riot fame) to add some violin. The recordings were made individually at home, during lockdown, with a mix of USB mics and borrowed equipment. Ben Hannah mixed it all together at Organworks in Leeds.
After being really happy with the recording, really bored during lockdown and saving enough money by not being allowed in pubs to buy some slightly better recording equipment, they decided to do some more tracks.
This 7” includes a reworked version of ‘Remember The Gold Dollar Sign Hoodie?’, also from April’s debut album, ‘We Are Knife Club’, the new version of ‘The Tibby Tan Tiger’ and three brand new tracks, written during lockdown, two of which explore lockdown lyrically.
In such unprecedented times, the band felt it would be nice to document what was going on in some way, but also to try something new and out of their comfort zones. It is safe to say that this EP does not sound anything like any of the members other projects (Nosebleed, Casual Nausea, Haest, Matilda’s Scoundrels, Faintest Idea, Mousebrass and Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man).
The recordings are mixed and mastered by Ben Hannah at Organworks and feature further guest appearances from Tessa as well as from Ben (shaker and güiro). Guitarist Dan Flanagan designed the sleeve.
It is available to pre-order now on 7” vinyl. T-shirt bundles are available.
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