Growing up in Tyler, TX Knifight’s John Gable (vocals) was first inspired by that town’s hardcore scene; however, Knifight began as a solo industrial electronic project. Keyboardist and saxophonist Patrick Marshall joined Knifight, the project became a noise-based electronica duo before they relocated to Austin, TX. And while in Austin, the band expanded to a quintet with the addition Nick Garrison (guitar), John Hetherington (bass), and Nick Cogdill (drums).
Interestingly the band has played at a noise festival and toured with the likes of Future Islands (who, I think is an awful, awful band) and Duran Duran during 2014. This upcoming year could be a big year for the band as they’ll be releasing their sophomore full-length effort, V. The album marks the first recorded output with live drums and it reportedly shows a change of sonic direction for the band – as you’ll hear on the album’s first single “Young Lovers" the band’s sound manages to be clearer and yet much darker. Propulsive and shimmering layers of synths are paired with buzzing guitars, thundering drums and eerie vocals.
In some way, the song evokes a murky, unsettling anxiousness – the sort of anxious feeling you might have when you’re absolutely certain that someone is watching your every movement behind your bushes. Are they in the shadows? Or are you they in your bathroom?