Young Knives

 Following the success of their critically acclaimed sixth album ‘Sick Octave’, YOUNG KNIVES are to make their highly anticipated live comeback with a headline performance at the Chorlton Arts Festival 2015.

Festivities at the annual bash will this year be brought to a close by the art rock trio as they headline the St Clement’s Church venue of the Manchester suburb on Sunday 24th May 2015.

The Ashby-de-la-Zouch outfit behind the razor sharp Top 40 hits including ‘Turn Tail’, ‘Weekends and Bleak Days (Hot Summer)’, ‘Here Comes The Rumour Mill’ and more are currently celebrating a decade long career in the music business with the release of their brand new ‘Something Awful’ EP.

The EP, featuring the eponymous single, is to be digitally released on their own Gadzöök label next Monday ahead of the Chorlton headline show from the band (18th May). The release follows on from the band’s celebrated ‘Sick Octave’ LP, which saw Young Knives successfully chart a more experimental post-punk direction than before.

Speaking about the new material, Young Knives front man Henry Dartnall said:

“For us an EP is a place to experiment, and what we’ve done is expanded on the core theme of the title track – the fragility of the human character – and made a whole EP out of it. All four songs are about a big change in a life: a loss of mind, a loss of trust, a loss of innocence and a loss of belief.”

He went on: “My grandpa’s Alzheimer’s inspired the lyrics to the song Something Awful, but I used that real experience to inform something more vaguely about metamorphosis. It’s also about changing into some kind of super killer monster. Everything about us can be changed, it’s just that we don’t have as much control”.

ON SUNDAY 24th MAY 2015

@St Clement’s Church – Doors 7.30pm

Tickets£10 / £8 or £25 Weekender Wristbands available at:


‘Something Awful’ will be digitally released on 18th May 2015
The 4-track EP was pre-released with a special edition on Record Store Day 2015 cut on 10” coloured vinyl

+ Something Awful Fanzine made by the band with contributions from other artists. Hand-numbered & limited to 500 copies.

Featuring the single ‘Something Awful’ + ‘Something Sweet’, ‘Something Tragic’, ‘Something Cheap’
Physical release: Record Store Day – 18th April 2015
Digital release: 18th May 2015 | Label: Gadzöök


‘Young Knives have spun a double six… Songs vibrate with a poppiness that gleams through the weirdness’   8/10 NME

‘Sick Octave leads into bold new terrain’  Q 

‘A startlingly strange and diverse album’  MOJO

‘A bold new direction for the trio’  8/10 CLASH

‘The opening salvo of songs are possibly the greatest works that Young Knives have ever committed to record – and that is high praise… Sick Octave is something of a stunner’  9/10 SUBBA-CULTCHA

‘A brilliant and bewildering roar of conviction from a band reaching a creative zenith.’  THE QUIETUS