Local quintet KNIFIGHT was started by vocalist John Gable primarily as an industrial band in its early stages. Then, it evolved quite naturally from noise pop to synth pop, which led to the recording of the absolutely addictive Dark Voices. The immenseness, intensity and darkness of their sound was in full effect. However, it’s not a singularly dark sound limiting the band to one particular genre. It’s coming from so many different levels and influences. Seriously, how else would KNIFIGHT be a perfect opener for the likes of Future Islands and Duran Duran?! True story.

Now KNIFIGHT emerges with their fifth release, the aptly titled V, and it takes things a step further. While each of its seven tracks stand solidly on their own, the Austin Music Minute recommends listening to V in its entirety for the full effect. The combination of new tracks and older KNIFIGHT songs all flow together with an extraordinary cohesiveness, and again, their pulsating electronic soundscapes are incredibly addictive.

Speaking of which, if you have a moment, please check out KNIFIGHT’s cover of David Bowie’s “Breaking Glass.” Incredible. Then make your way to KNIFIGHT’s release show tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River. It’s one big dance party tonight with Gost and Night Drive on the bill, and DJ Johnny keeping the music going between sets. Get there early for the entire show. Very recommended.

– Photography by Lobo Sucio Creative.

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