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The Young Knives play Wrexham!

by Ben Davis on 16 December, 2007 | 2 comments

Yes you heard it right, those bespeckled indie nerds are playing Central Station, Wrexham on Wednesday 26th March 2008. This is without a doubt going to be a sell out, so best get your tickets early! They are on sale at seetickets.com now! (Link to tickets)

If your not sure who The Young Knives are, where have you been hiding for the past couple of years?! Here’s the lowdown:

The Young Knives are an English indie rock and post-punk revival band from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. The name is based on a misunderstanding of “young knaves”, which was found by the band by rummaging through a book.

The band are known for their energetic live performances and their taste in tweed outfits. They broke into the music industry in 2002 with the critical success of their debut mini-album The Young Knives… Are Dead, but began to garner national coverage upon the release of their single “The Decision” in late 2005 (partially due to the acclaim of its dark humoured, League of Gentlemen-esque video).

Formed in Ashby-de-la-Zouch under the name ‘Simple Pastoral Existence’, the Young Knives began their career “playing bad funk and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin covers”, 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 Records, and a limited EP, Junky Music Make My Heart Beat Faster, 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. They have continued to work with Gill ever since.

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, the same day the band played what Henry described onstage as their “biggest gig ever”, at the London Astoria.


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Ben Davis

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Ben is the founder of wrexhammusic.co.uk.


  1. decision was a very good video, looking forward to this should be ace

  2. i meant Here Comes The Rumour Mill video, decision just an ace song

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