Despite the pessimism that a thousand Academy Unsigned nights can bring, Manchester’s music scene is far from dead. If the last few weeks or trawling through MySpace has proven anything, it’s that the locals still know how to put together a tune that doesn’t sound like 4 boys with guitars trying to be ‘mad for it’. Lost Knives are yet another band from the city that are far from the caricature Mancunian band.
Let’s start with a few facts: at recent industry event In the City, BBC introducing picked the band as one of the top 5 performers of the psuedo-festival, which is quite the honour given the quality of competition that was also playing. The band have also been lauded by Xfm’s John Kennedy, who’s played the band’s demos on various occasions. They’ve also done an Electric Proms session, which is probably more impressive than anything many other unsigned band will probably ever achieve.
Comparisons to Joy Division are always going to be made when a band makes music so unrelenting dark and atmospheric, but location differences aside, it’s probably Interpol that have influenced Lost Knives more. Not that the two sound similar – it’s just an incredibly lazy similarity that the band are probably going to have to deal with. In actual fact, songs like ‘Cold Morning’ prove beyond reasonable doubt that this is much more than simply a derivative group, and anyone with an attention span longer than a thirty seconds is guarenteed to appreciate the impassioned vocals and pounding drums that Lost Knives bring, all layered upon the kind of swirling guitar that makes you want to dance. Highly impressive.
The link below is to 6 demos recorded by the band, and they’re amongst the most confident, well produce and, frankly, brilliant that you’re likely to hear from a band who are yet to put anything out. Get your hands on it before you’re paying for their inevitable EPs in a six months time:
Lost Knives – 6 Tracks (mediafire)