KNIFIGHT Plays Wednesday Night at Beale Street Tavern
If I dwell upon it too much, I realize I’m not quite sure how one is supposed to toss around descriptions like “post-punk” or “post-wave.” They don’t really mean anything, do they? I tend to stick more to terms like “dark”…or maybe “angst-ridden.” My favorite. A tad dramatic and gloomy, and right up my alley. It explains how I got attached to the music of KNIFIGHT.
The Austin-based quartet (John Carr Gable, Patrick Marshall, Nick Garrison and John Hetherington) channels the decidedly darker end of the electronic spectrum, inspired by the sounds of Gary Numan‘s late ’70s seminal punk/new wave synth outfit Tubeway Army and John Lydon‘s post-Sex Pistols phoenix Public Image Limited, and perhaps a little injection of Joy Division and early Fixx (think Shuttered Room-era). KNIFIGHT builds from this kind of magnified early-to-mid ‘80s style that very much calls to mind the bleak and synthetic atmosphere of sci-fi noir film Blade Runner.
They released a pretty solid five-track EP last October, The End Is Knifight, a follow-up to the slightly more rough-edged 2010 release Now We’re Invisible. Quite frankly, both are worth checking out. And you can see KNIFIGHT headline a show Wednesday night at Beale Street Tavern, located just below The Parish, at 214 E. 6th St. The line-up includes another Austin Music Minute fave, The Asteroid Shop, rock quartet My Woman’s Angry, and electro-pop songwriter Matthew Ian. Get there early; doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 8 p.m. This one comes recommended.