Just less than ten years ago, messrs Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen were honing their drum n bass skills with the genre-defining (and defying) drum 'n' bass/rock 'n' bass platinum-selling Pendulum. Throughout the first decade of the 21st century, classic club bangers such as 'Slam', 'Blood Sugar' and 'Propane Nightmares' were sound-tracking just about every hedonist and festival go-ers dreams throughout the band's short history.
But after calling time on Pendulum as a band, founders Swire and McGrillen vowed to keep the name alive, if not as a DJ-ing outfit (that's primarily being taken care of by other ex-members, Paul Harding and Ben Mount) but in spirit at least. Cue Knife Party, the pairing's no-nonsense brain-crushing electrostepping bludgeon to the senses.
Formed in 2011, the duo have already been taken to the hearts of Swedish House Mafia (they recorded the hit 'Antidote' with them), Annie Mac (she caned them on her Radio 1 show) and both old and new converts. Taking influence from the harder, sharper blunt-trauma end of dubstep as a base, tracks like 'Centipede' (taken from the EP 'Rage Valley' and available to watch here) are relentless and dance-inducing. Imagine that playing live at max volume - hurts doesn't it?
In October, Knife Party will be showcasing their take on EDM with a handful of shows in the UK, starting with a club-night at Coventry's Kasbah on 3rd Oct, followed by an appearance at Bedlam at Cardiff's University (with Feed Me and possibly Breakage) and two slots on Saturday 6th. The first is at Brighton's massive Shakedown Festival (alongside the likes of Chase and Status and Zane Lowe), plus a show at Birmingham's HMV Institute (at the venue's Ec-Lectricity night) on the same evening (times tbc).
We have tickets to these shows, priced from £10 upwards, while the Shakedown Festival is still available for £40 for the whole day (also features Dizzee Rascal, Katy B and more).