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Union Of Knives


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Glasgow, United Kingdom (2004 - 2010)

Union Of Knives are a balance of youth and experience, brutality and compassion, dirt and clinical cleanliness. On stage Craig Grant and Chris Gordon play dual frontman roles, supported, like a see-saw on its axis, by Dave McClean. In the studio each member is autonomous—lyrics, beats, melodies, and ideas come from everywhere.

The music they make is steely hard, yet cut through with raw, emotive longing and power. Their guitars are loud, but they have no room or need for a drummer. ‘Evil Has Never’ is an oily black lament to a love that just can’t work. ‘Opposite Direction’ channels the power of prime My Bloody Valentine; ‘Taste Of Harmony’ steers melody through starkly sculpted electro.

Chris and Dave are from Glasgow; Craig is from Aberdeen, though now he’s an ‘adopted Glaswegian.’ The house Craig grew up in was situated right by the sea, which might sound romantic, but things are a bit more complicated than that. ‘I miss living by the sea, I miss being on the beach,’ he says. ‘But I also forget how mad the whole place is.’ He lived on a brand new scheme of just three or four houses. From the front window you could see an old, abandoned hotel that barely clung to the cliff edge.


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