The Young Knives

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The third studio album from ‘Young Knives’ is due April 2011
‘Ornaments From The Silver Arcade’, the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Superabundance’, was made in Los Angeles with producer Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Cribs).

The tracklisting of ‘Ornaments From The Silver Arcade’ is:

‘Love My Name’
‘Woman’
‘Everything Falls Into Place’
‘Human Again’
‘Running From A Standing Start’
‘Sister Frideswide’
‘Vision In Rags’
‘Go To Ground’
‘Silver Tongue’
‘Storm Clouds’
‘Glasshouse’

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Formerly The Young Knives, Young Knives are a three-piece from Ashby De-La-Zouch, Leicestershire who formed in 1998. Formed in 1998, they have released two EPs and three albums: 2008’s ‘Superabundance’ was the first to use the new Young Knives name.

The group consists of Henry Dartnall (vocals, guitar), Thomas "The House of Lords" Dartnall (vocals, bass) and Oliver Askew (drums). The name is based on a misunderstanding of "young knaves", which was found by the band by flicking through a book.

Career

Formed in Ashby-de-la-Zouch under the name ‘Simple Pastoral Existence’, the Young Knives began their career "playing and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin covers",[1] but it was their subsequent move to Oxford that saw their career begin to take off. After changing their name from ‘Pony Club’ their ‘big break’ came in 2002 with a successful set at the popular Truck Festival, which was followed by the release of …Are Dead on local label Shifty Disco.

After some years playing successful support slots to bands such as The Futureheads and Hot Hot Heat in Oxford and surrounding areas, the band were signed to Transgressive, and the limited release Junky Music Make My Heart Beat Faster EP was a sell-out success. Their debut single "The Decision", produced by Andy Gill of Gang of Four (a noted influence on the band[2]), was released in December 2005, and was followed in February 2006 by "Here Comes the Rumour Mill" – the latter their first chart success, reaching #36 in the UK and receiving significant airplay on MTV2 among others.

The band are known for their energetic live performances. Voices of Animals and Men[/album], which entered the #21 in the UK Album Charts in August and was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize.

The band completed a lengthy UK tour in early 2006, and supported Dirty Pretty Things and The Rakes later in the same year, fitting in an appearance at SXSW in Texas and a terrestrial television debut on Later with Jools Holland in June. In July that year, the band made their second appearance at Truck, and two more top 40 singles, "She’s Attracted To" and "Weekends And Bleak Days (Hot Summer)" (originally the lead track of the Junky… EP) followed, just before the release of Voices of Animals and Men in August. A re-issue of "The Decision" was released on 30th October.

Regarding plans for the second album, Henry stated that "…we will bring out a second album of shit songs like every other band…"
They lied, the album "Superabundance" was slightly better than "a album of shit songs" it was in fact quite good.

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