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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England (1998 – present)

Young Knives are an group which formed in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England in 1998. The band consists of Henry Dartnall (vocals, guitar), Thomas (The House of Lords) Bonsu-Dartnall (bass, vocals) and Oliver Askew (drums, vocals). The band has released four full length albums, “Voices of Animals and Men” (2006), “Superabundance” (2008), “Ornaments from the Silver Arcade” (2011) and “Sick Octave” 2013. Three singles from “Voices of Animals and Men” made the UK Top 40 in 2006.

The band formed in 1998 under the name Simple Pastoral Existence, and later renamed themselves Ponyclub, changing their name to The Young Knives once they were notified of another group named Pony Club (a third, unrelated band also with this name would later change their name to New Young Pony Club to avoid confusion with this same group). Young Knives released their debut mini-album “The Young Knives are Dead” in 2002, and have since released four full length albums. The band dropped the definite article from their name in 2008 and became simply “Young Knives”.


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  • good_bone

    Intimate interview piece with Young Knives from here:

    4 Apr 11:49am Reply
  • conditionals

    Huge fan, love a lot of Sick Octave. Don't really enjoy the second half, especially 'Bella Bella' and 'Bed Warmer', but I do feel like that's more on my side.

    17 Jan 11:10am Reply
  • KCKate

    Interview with Henry at the Oxford Student!

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • llundain

    The second half of the new record (everything after 'Something Awful' except 'Maureen') is challenging, but it's easily their best. 'We Could Be Blood' could become something of a modern classic if it gets out to enough people.

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • addywalker

    I agree with the comment below. I was blown away by this release, easily my favourite album of 2013. Seeing them perform it in it's entirety was amazing. Such an underrated band.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • spose

    Easily their best for me. No contest. And I've been a fan for a very long time so it must be said I didn't expect it.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Honzeecheck

    Its... strange. After first listen I dont like it at all

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Kaitju

    Sick Octave is sick!

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Scoundrell

    sister frideswide reminds me so of making plans for nigel<3:D

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • d0ugiemcfly

    literally the only good thing that ever came out of ashby...huzzah.

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • coxyboy11

    yep, seems to have been sorted back again

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • El_Paulo

    @coxyboy11 - Mine did the same, they've split into Young Knives/The Young Knives. Probably a short-term glitch (hopefully).

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
  • coxyboy11

    i'm pretty sure quite a few of my Young Knives scrobbles just disappeared...

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
  • adrem63

    Сool band!

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • conditionals

    "They need a new album." Not really. It's been like 8 months. What they REALLY need is a b-sides comp.

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • jayindie93

    How isn't "Sister Frideswide" on their top tracks???

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • KurtBell

    I hope with the last album only reaching 80 in the UK charts that the record label will give up pushing this commercial sound on them, hopefully they will get back to making some authentic Post-Punk.

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Mysterontom

    wish i had money to see them on the 29th in liverpool.

    26 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Emicatmon

    Seeing you guys in Derby. Can't bloody wait!

    20 Oct 2011 Reply
  • dAniel_brit

    They need a new album.

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
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