Knives in the Attic
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Knives in the Attic

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The best kept secret in music

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"Latest PHX Dish New discs from local acts"

The lousy CD cover to Knives in the Attic's 5 song EP, Death Pop, does it a great disservice. Sure, the blood-spattered, knifed teddy bear doodle fits the angst/death-obsessed lyrics, but it comes off amateurish. And this is a band that should be in the midst of a bidding war, not causing reviewers a crisis of conscience about whether to relegate this CD to the crap heap. Maybe this band knows what it's doing -- hell, it made us play the thing twice just to make sure it was as good as we thought it was. In fact, it's better. If Courtney Love had these songs in her back pocket right now, she could earn enough to salvage her sagging career (and breasts) and still have enough pocket money to send Frances Bean to a reputable psychoanalyst. But she wouldn't have the energy to pull these songs off -- this is the kind of music Hole only managed to make when Kurt Cobain was still drawing breath in the next room. Singer Christen Shaw's lyrics read like the student suicide notes that give guidance counselors cause to close the school ("Why do we always hate on Mondays/Tuesdays and Wednesdays aren't much better, Thursday, Friday we'll kill each other/Waiting for things as they don't get better") and give lovers of agitpop cause to rejoice. After a listen to Death Pop, you'll feel giddy for this band's chances for success, not unlike the gushing audience at Springtime for Hitler's intermission. To wit: "Did you ever think you could love a song called 'Saws in the Basement'?" (www.myspace.com/knivesintheattic) - Phoenix New Times


Discography

Death Pop-EP

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Bio

In early October of 2005, Knives In The Attic was still just an idea, but by Halloween, the band was heading to Los Angeles for their first show. Things have continued to progress quickly for the Phoenix four piece. They self recorded their debut EP, which was released March 2006, and have kept busy playing shows in Arizona and touring the southwest. Combining their diverse influences, which range anywhere from the simplicity of Nirvana and The Yeah Yeah Yeah's to the complexity of bands like Refused and The Blood Brothers, Knives in the Attic's sound is familiar yet still unexpected. Christen Shaw's vocals range from gritty to intimate to screaming, giving the band's unique musical sensibilities a true feeling of voice and individuality. Live, the band delivers a performance characteristic of their punk/art-hardcore roots; energetic, passionate and violent.
Knives In The Attic is currently out on a two month long U.S. tour and plan to record a full length record this fall, when they return.
- July, 2006