Knife Skills
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Knife Skills

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The best kept secret in music


"NYPress Pick of the Week"

“With barrelling distortion rock that comes at you like wind from a tornado, what’s not to like about Knife Skills? The songs are fast and catchy, they have an award-worthy name and for a three-piece give stripped-down rock good treatment, skillfully avoiding Blonde Redhead-levels of self-importance.”
- NYPress

"WFMU's Terre T"

“Knife Skills hail from Brooklyn New York but play the kind of dissonant smart rock you might expect from DC! This gal-led trio features ex and current members of bands like the Hissyfits, Thoroughbred, Panthers, and Turing Machine! Knife Skills plays rock that calls to mind Slant 6, Erase Errata, and even Sleater-Kinney!”
- Cherry Blossom Clinic

"The Village Voice"

“New local trio Knife Skills have a song called “JT Leroy Meet Dennis [Cooper],” so you know they’re hip or at least informed; their sloppy-screamy girl-boy presumably sounds best live.”
- The Village Voice


“Easily one of the tightest, loudest, and let’s face it, sexiest bands in the NYC or anywhere right now, they take a familiar and tried and true formula of the power trio and make it their own by smoothing out the jagged edged then re-sharpening them into what feels like a sonic tattoo - what seems dangerous and frightening at the outset in fact comes out gorgeous and needed and happily ever after in the end.”


"So what do they sound like? They sound like something between the MC5 and the Jackson 5. They sound like butterflies thrashing menacing wings. They sound like kids in trouble. They sound like danger. They sound good. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you miss the next show.”

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"jinners dot com"

“What I love about this band is immeasurable bad-ass guitar parts, deadly and threatening drum beats, and sexy, throbbing bass lines that slither and pounce on the audience. They make me want to scream. They make me wanna drive into oblivion.”


Knife Skills self-released EP

Have appeared live on WFMU Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic


Feeling a bit camera shy


When guitarist Anna Barie fled from Texas in a navy blue 1982 Chevy G-10 van in the summer of 2001, she had dreams of attending a NYC cooking school. Her desire to saute and julienne gave way to playing music in Thoroughbred, with Fon-Lin Nyeu and former drummer Portia Sabin. Following Sabin's departure to Olympia, WA, Gerard Fuchs of Turing Machine was tapped as a replacement. The trio forged a faster and more demanding sound and began recording. They re-named themselves Knife Skills.