Since relocating the band in 2010, Knifight has been distinguishing themselves as one of premiere bands in the Austin music scene live and on record. Formed in 2002 as a solo IDM/noise project of singer John Gable, Knifight has slowly evolved into a fleshed-out quintet of five distinct songwriters, producers and instrumentalists. Mixing the melodic tendencies and electronic experimentation of bands like Joy Division, New Order and LCD Soundsystem with the intensity of punk rock and post-punk, along with John Gable's monstrous baritone and fiery performances, the members of Knifight have created music that is both introspective and widely accessible.
In the summer of 2013 Knifight released their debut album Dark Voices digitally and on vinyl and CD after a successful Kickstarter campaign. With a new-found affinity for vintage analog synths and the help of co-producers Alex Bhore and Christopher King of post-rock band This Will Destroy You, Dark Voices finds the band dabbling in integrating analog textures and layers of ambience into its infectiously dark dance numbers.
Known for their intensely energetic live performances, Knifight has had the opportunity to play official showcases at SXSW 2011, 2012 and 2013 in addition to being asked to open for the likes of Future Islands, Active Child, Com Truise, White Denim, The Octopus Project, M83 and Thomas Dolby among others. The band has also received much love from local and national radio stations, including an hour-long exclusive spot as well as several interviews and guest DJ opportunities.
Knifight is currently touring through 2013 and 2014 while writing for the follow-up to 2013's Dark Voices album.
John Gable - Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizer
Patrick Marshall - Vocals, Saxophone, Synthesizer
Nick Garrison - Vocals, keys, Electric Guitar
John Hetherington - Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Nick Cogdill - Drums
Dark Voices LP (Release: June 2013)
IN THE FIRE EP (Release: May 2012) Available for purchase online on Bandcamp at knifight.net
The End is Knifight EP (Release: October 2011), Available for free download at TheEndisKnifight.com
Wrong Sample Rate ReMixtape (Release: September 2011) Available for free download at knifight.bandcamp.com
Now We're Invisible EP (Release: April 2010) Available for purchase and download on iTunes and knifight.bandcamp.com
Catch KNIFIGHT's Pounding Synths and Booming Vox
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Carter and I caught the indie electronic Knifight during Free Week and I was definitely intrigued by...Carter and I caught the indie electronic Knifight during Free Week and I was definitely intrigued by their mix of synth melodies and thundering vocals. During their live show, I thought “This is what a mashup of LCD Soundsystem and Joy Division would probably sound like.” The synthesizer melodies and beats keep the songs danceable and the vocals turn the songs into anthemic sing-alongs. Backing these two main sonic elements are running basslines and guitar work that add texture and bring fullness to the sound. Below are a couple samples of their tunes.
Knifight - Eva
Knifight - Faith Don't Help the Hurting
But I think these songs are really meant to be heard live. The recordings capture the overall sound of the group but the dynamics feel different when you experience the synthesized percussion and harmonized vocals loud in a small venue. Luckily, you’ll be able to catch their live show and hear the difference soon. These guys are playing a couple shows in Austin this week. Tonight, they’re playing at the Mohawk with Binary Sunrise and New Fumes. On Friday night, they’ll be playing with Glasnost, Ode to Oscillator and Cintus Supremus at Red 7. Also, be sure to check out their recently released EP at their Bandcamp page to hear more of their tunes. They’ve gotten some national attention for this release and I only see them getting bigger in the future. So catch them locally before they’re touring everywhere but Austin.
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Knifight An incredibly energetic, electronic, post-wave pop band, Knifight, originated in Tyler, ...Knifight
An incredibly energetic, electronic, post-wave pop band, Knifight, originated in Tyler, Texas, and recently made its way to Austin for a showcase at SXSW 2011.
The band consists of John Gable, Patrick Marshall, Nick Garrison and John Hetherington.
Gable, with his Steven Morrisey-esque vocals, makes it easy to get lost in the music when accompanied by Marshall's psychedelic synthesized beats.
The song "Girls Don't Get Crushes On Me" is a perfect example of how the band uses progressions from a slow, mellow beginning to a dance-inducing electronic vibe, bringing the crowd to its feet.
At the rate Knifight is going, it will not be long before the band gains an overwhelming fan base.
KNIFIGHT - Girls Don't Get Crushes
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Knifight is an Austin-based indie-electronic band that has been performing and recording since 2002....Knifight is an Austin-based indie-electronic band that has been performing and recording since 2002. Their five-song EP, "Now We're Invisible" is available on iTunes and knifight.bandcamp.com. Knifight is a four-piece band that plays incredibly energetic live shows complete with gripping electronic, post-wave pop songs that include synthesizers, electric guitar, bass, and group vocals.
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Officially, Knifight has been jamming for roughly 9 years; though 4 years of that was John Gable doi...Officially, Knifight has been jamming for roughly 9 years; though 4 years of that was John Gable doing solo work in Tyler; eventually picking up Patrick Marshall, Nick Garrison, and John Hetherington along the way to Austin, landing circa 2010.
Since then, they've seen the inside of many of the finer venues in the "warehouse district", playing The Mohawk, The Beauty Bar, et al, building up a solid wall of Knifers (if I may) with their pop-laden rock and signature vocals.
And why not? Check out the irresistible "Familiar Steps" to see what we're talking about:
Just to be clear: When we say "pop-laden" here, we don't mean pop as in "pop culture", as in Super Bowl halftime or American Idol-ish pablum. No, we mean "pop" in the more traditional sense of the word: A blending of harmonic elements, oftimes in a major key, using vocals, chord progressions, and traditional structures to create a pleasing tonal (in the western sense) quality. So even if their cuts don't sound all Top 40, don't be surprised if the band winds up there: They have all the essentials in place; sans the high-dollar, studio-sheened mix.
Knifight lures you in with a danceable BPM; seduces you with hook-laden guitar riffs and vocal harmonies; then shivs you clean through with Gable's emphatic, imposing, "voice of conviction" vociferications. Built on a solid base of club-flavored rhythm, minimalistic instrumentation, and sing-along melodics, Knifight is a force of angular pop; inspiring a tribal intimacy with us and the rest of our DIY-indie clan.
We were tempted to leave you with this live vid of the guys at Clicks -
But really, you should listen to their new EP, '"Now We're Invisible". Really. In it's entirety.
Knifight can play a short 30-45min set or 1hr+ depending on the gig. Knifight plays all original material.
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