The Broken Knives
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"The Broken Knives are a local band that hits you hard with their audio onslaught. They must have knocked someone off of their feet at KEXP because they will be performing a live in-studio set today at 3pm on Jack Walters' Variety Mix. Fronted by Morgan Chosnyk, who sounds like a cross between Perry Farrell and the riot grrrl next door, The Broken Knives weave a hypnotic spell and then take you crashing down into the murky depths where it’s all clashing guitars, mechanical noises and the screams of the damned. Happy solstice to you too!"

-Andras Jones, THE KEXP EXAMINER, June 20th, 2009
- KEXP Examiner

"There aren't enough girls around here who can sing. I'm not talking about being able to belt it like Beyonce or Christina. I want a girl who can sing a rock and roll song with some conviction, with some emotion, but also with some tenderness. This judgement may be a bit premature, as I have not actually seen The Broken Knives live yet. But from their recordings, it would seem Seattle has found its next incarnation of a young Andrea Zollo. Their excellent song "Nailgun" hints at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a taste of a more gothic Pretty Girls Make Graves. Coming from such a young band, it is a very promising start."

-Jeff Kirby, THE STRANGER, July 17th, 2008 - The Stranger

Based on the information they’ve provided, the members of Seattle quartet the Broken Knives range in height from 5’4� to 5’8�, with frontwoman Morgan Chosnyk at the tall end of the spectrum. Their stunningly good song “Frame X Frame,� however, is 100 feet tall, angry, jacked on probably every stimulant known to man, and out for blood. Based on her vitriolic, distorted (yet melodic) crooning and yowling on that tune, Chosnyk’s been compared to everyone from Andrea Zollo to Karen O; the rest of the band, meanwhile, garrotes that melody with barbed-wire guitars, feedback, and clattering goth-industrial rhythms. But they’re hardly all about noise – “Epilogue� is an absolutely engrossing, haunting, ethereal slice of shoegazery atmospherics reminiscent of late-period Slowdive. Both sides of Broken Knives’ musical personality will hopefully be represented both on the EP they’re working on and in their live set; based on what I’ve heard already, they may be towering over the Seattle music scene in no time.

-Michael Alan Goldberg, THE SEATTLE WEEKLY, December 24th, 2008 - The Seattle Weekly


THE BROKEN KNIVES (self-released CD, 2009)

1. Nailgun
2. Frame X Frame
3. Mt. Murder
4. House With Laughing Windows
5. Do You Still See Me?
6. Dream About A Car Wreck
7. Fight Night
8. Sincerely
9. Making Enemies
10. Epilogue

Nailgun, Dream About A Car Wreck and Making Enemies have all received airplay on KEXP 90.3



Once in a great while, a retail job CAN lead to greater pursuits. Bassist Louie Husted met drummer David Ramm working in the music department of Barnes & Noble, where they decided to form a band shortly after meeting. Both veteran Seattle musicians, they set out to create a startlingly diverse and dark sound, fusing the post-punk howl of Siouxsie and the Banshees and the gauzy shoegaze glory of Slowdive with the icy majesty of John Carpenter's film scores. After several guitarists, six-string salvation was found in Steve Samuelson. Louie immediately asked lifelong friend Morgan Chosnyk to be their vocalist, though she'd never been in a band before. The gamble was a smashing success, Chosnyk stunned the band and herself with her frenetic vocals and commanding stage presence. After hearing the song "Nailgun", the band was noticed and praised by local paper The Stranger before they played a single show. Shortly after the Broken Knives began terrorizing audiences in clubs and bars across Seattle with their intense live shows, playing with The Intelligence, Wavves, Witch Hats, Dream Date, Telepathic Liberation Army and a host of other
(inter)national and local acts. Eventually, The Broken Knives blazed through a set on Seattle's independent music mothership KEXP 90.3 after receiving significant airplay of songs "Nailgun" and "Making Enemies." The band recently completed their debut full-length with producer Steve Refling, recorded in Seattle and Los Angeles over the course of 2009.