Knife Club – Interview

Knife Club are currently making waves within the UK punk scene, and we just had to get in touch to have a chat about how things are going. Find out more below!

By Jane Howkins

You’ve just released a new album titled We Are Knife Club. What can you tell our readers about that?

Andy: We Are Knife Club has 12 tracks of punk tunes in about 22 minutes. Some of it is fast hardcore stuff and some is more melodic and sing-a-long.

It came out on 1st May and it seems to be going down well so far, which is nice. I’m glad people are enjoying it after the whole hidden identity hype thing. Although it might have been funny if people had hated it after the build up we gave it.

Eliott: I think it’s a cool collection of songs written by people who don’t normally write songs together. It’s a melting pot of loads of different styles and influences and I reckon it’s a pretty good roadmap of UK DIY punk as it stands at the moment.

Do you plan to release any singles from the album? If so, which songs are they?

Andy: We’ve released The Tibby Tan Tiger, Remember The Gold Dollar Sign Hoodie? and Artex as singles so far. All of them have videos on Facebook and Youtube. We might do another single and some more videos.

The album was released through TNS Records. How have you found working with them? We’ve been following a few of the bands that they support, and we’ve heard good things!

Andy: Well, I run TNS with my mate Bev, so this is a tricky one for me to answer haha. I assume the rest of the band have all either loved it, or would keep it to themselves if they have hated it.

Eliott: Well, we’re all originally in TNS bands, that’s part of what brought Knife Club together, so we’ve all worked closely with Andy and Bev in the past, so we know how easy and great they are to deal with as a label. And, at the very least, this is a cheap cash in to make sure all our bands get preferable treatment going forward!

I’ve just had a look through a list of the members of the band, and I’m suitably impressed! Knife Club features members of Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, Casual Nausea, Matilda’s Scoundrels, Nosebleed, and Faintest Idea, all bands that have been involved within the UK punk scene. How did you guys get together? Did you all know each other well beforehand?

Andy: We all knew each other fairly well already as all our bands had regularly gigged together. It has been nice getting to know everyone even better. The back story is that Eliott and Dan drunkenly formed the band at Wotsit Called Fest in 2018, when all our other bands were on the bill. The plan was to have shit tattoos and form a band that is the most logistical nightmare ever.

Eliott: We’ve all been part of the scene for while now, and although everyone lives so far away, over the last however many years I’ve seen these guys more than my own family, so it made sense to create this geographical monstrosity of a band. It’s a blessing we’re all versed in travelling. The band started when Nosebleed were staying at Dan Flan’s house, and after a few beers we decided to get matching tattoos of a Knife with the phrase “this is a knife”. One thing led to another and about a year later we got drunk again and decided to form a band out of it. It was lucky this was the lineup of Wotsit Called that year, or the band would have a completely different line up.

How is the writing and recording process for you? How has it been working on the album together? We hear that you’re all spread out quite far across the country, does that make things difficult?

Andy: Personally I think it has made writing really interesting. With members living in Hastings, Ipswich, Kings Lynn, Leeds and Manchester, practices were tricky. We only managed one with everyone in attendance before we recorded, although we had quite a few with some members there. We shared a lot of ideas online and it was interesting to see how they came together.

Eliott: I think it’s been a really fun experiment in song writing. This isn’t writing with people you see week in week out, and it’s not writing with people you’re comfortable writing with, and for me at least it hasn’t been writing in a style I’ve ever been particularly comfortable with, so to see it all come together as it has has been great.

What are your thoughts on the UK punk scene at the moment, and are there any bands you recommend we check out?

Andy: It was absolutely thriving until everything got cancelled. On a DIY level there are incredible local scenes all over the UK, and smaller bands can travel and play gigs to decent sized and incredibly enthusiastic crowds. There are a lot of great bands and a lot of people who want to ensure that exciting things are happening. It is a pleasure to be a part of, and this band only exists because of the community that has developed.

Eliott: Wouldn’t be sat answering these questions if it wasn’t for this scene. As for bands to check out? Nosebleed, Faintest Idea, Casual Nausea, Haest, Matildas Scoundrels, I’ve heard good things…

What sort of things are you influenced by in your music, and what have you been listening to recently? Is punk the main genre you listen to, or do you have more of an eclectic taste?

Andy: I think there are a wide range of influences in this band, both musically and lyrically. And that is probably down to us all having really eclectic taste. I listen to all sorts. I like a lot of dance music as well as punk. I did a 90s pop DJ set on Zoom last weekend. It turns out the punks love a bit of S Club 7. Obviously I love punk stuff too. The last thing I listened to was a Limp Wrist album this morning. They are very good.

Eliott: I generally don’t listen to punk if I’m completely honest. I listen to a lot of rock n roll and soul and hip hop mainly. Lots of pop music. A lot of ABBA.

Do you have any tour dates planned at all? If so, where and when can we see you play?

Andy: We were booked to play a few festivals, some club gigs and some in Denmark. We will try to rearrange them.

Eliott: as of right now? Not a sausage. Maybe next year.

What can people expect from a Knife Club show, and why do you think people should come and see you perform?

Andy: Well, there hasn’t been a Knife Club show yet, so who knows what it will be like. I think that’s enough reason in itself to come and see us when/if we ever do a gig.

Eliott: I’m not even sure I know what to expect from a Knife Club show. It’s gonna be weird not being the centre of attention or playing in a suit.

Any last words for the fans?

Andy: Thanks to everyone who bought the record. It meant the world that so many bought it off only hearing a couple of singles or already liking one of our other bands. The album is out now on vinyl or CD from TNSrecords and 5FeetUnder Records in Denmark.

It’s also gonna be available on tape from No Time Records in the USA and Nosebleed Records in Belgium.

Eliott: Thanks for not hating us now you know who we are.