This is the debut album from Oxford punks The Young Knives. They are angular punk from the Buzzcocks/Ramones/999 school of stark and cutting guitars with pulsating bass and drums as evidenced by the albums opening track ‘Walking On The Autobahn‘. That they have been inspired by Frank Black and Steve Malkmus is also evident. ‘Working hands‘ could easily be a lost Pixies track. The Young Knives blend the whole lot together with an infectious zeal and energy.
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Henry Knife sings a lot like Crispin Hunt (of Longpigs fame – Whatever happened to them?), which is no bad thing in my book. There is a dry humour running through ‘…are DEAD‘ with tracks like ‘John‘ and the Carry On Scary capers of ‘The Night Of The Trees‘.
How can you not love a band who have a bassist called The House Of Lords?
Label : Shifty Disco
Release Date : October 21, 2002
Website : www.theyoungknives.com