The Young Knives

Formed 1998.
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The Young Knives - Interview with Jo Good

The Young Knives talk to Jo Good about their musical influences.

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Young Knives are an English indie rock band from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. The name is based on a misunderstanding of "young knaves", which was found by the band when rummaging through a book.

The band was originally named "Simple Pastoral Existence" but this name only lasted until they split for a few years from 1997 to 1999, at which time they renamed themselves "Ponyclub." The name "Ponyclub" was changed when they got their first record deal because there was already an artist in existence named "Pony Club." This is when the name "The Young Knives" was coined. They later dropped the definite article prefix prior to the release of their second full-length album, Superabundance.

They broke into the music industry in 2002 with the critical success of their debut mini-album The Young Knives... Are Dead, but began to garner national coverage upon the release of their single "The Decision" in late 2005. They played their biggest live gig in June 2006 and completed a UK tour in support of their first proper album Voices of Animals and Men, which reached No. 21 in the UK Album Charts. In July 2007 they were nominated for the Nationwide Mercury Prize. Their second album Superabundance entered the charts in March 2008 at number 28, with a third album Ornaments From The Silver Arcade ready for April 2011.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Ornaments From the Silver Arcade

    Ornaments From the Silver Arcade 2011

    Reviewed by Fraser McAlpine
    The Leicestershire indie-poppers continue to be a cut above their peers on album three.
  2. Review of Superabundance

    Superabundance 2008

    Reviewed by Dennis O'Dell
    The smarts on display give the game away: These Knives remain as sharp as ever.
  3. Review of Voices Of Animals & Men

    Voices Of Animals & Men 2006

    Reviewed by Helen Groom
    Mercury-nominated odballs. More in love with tweed than leather!
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