Knives – ‘What We See In Their Eyes’

Embrace the fury with Knives’ explosive post-punk EP, What We See In Their Eyes

What We See In Their Eye
Knives image via press photo

With a pop-infused flair that injects a refreshing twist into punk, Knives fearlessly dive into the UK alternative circuit with their highly anticipated EP, What We See In Their Eyes, out now via Hound Gawd! Records.

Produced by: Dominic Bailey-Clay

Inspired by their frustration with individuals challenging Bristol’s friendly reputation, Knives’ latest offering serves as a musical mirror, inviting listeners into the shoes of the frustrated. Addressing issues like homophobia and queerbaiting within the music industry (‘Doppelgänger’) and diving into the core of punk and its accompanying hypocrisy (‘Headcase’), Knives implore listeners to stand alongside them in confronting those they oppose.

Driven by powerful basslines, gritty riffing, and vocalist Jay Schottlander’s venomous shouts reminiscent of a punk town crier, What We See In Their Eyes blends elements of post-punk, hardcore, rap, and noise into an electrifying blend that sparks mosh-pit inducing euphoria.

Of the EP, Knives stated:

“The EP as a whole, the title What We See In Their Eyes is a reflection of the emotions we’ve felt when looking at or speaking to the people that we’ve written these songs about. The lyrics are meant to place the listener in these shoes, looking at someone you despise in the face and thinking about what you wish you could say to them.”

Highlighting the EP is the focus track, ‘Happiness,’ an explosive introduction delving into the theme of rural life and the feeling of being entrenched in its routines.

“’Happiness’ is about being stuck in a village mindset and not being able to break out of the societal norms that have been set in closed communities. Some of the ideas we see in these places are still stuck in the past and have left a mark on the thinking patterns of the younger generation. It’s a song driven by personal experiences of discrimination that members of our band have faced and how we react to these situations.”

Knives’ collaborative effort includes Maddy Hill on saxophone and vocals, Dan Farren and Josh Cook on guitar, Ben Marshall on bass, Erin Cook on drums, and Jay Schottlander on vocals and on-stage banter. United by shared musical influences like Rage Against The Machine, Show Me The Body, and MF Doom, the band builds on the success of their debut EP, Newshounds, released last April.

What We See In Their Eyes is available across all major streaming platforms from May 3rd.

Standout Songs: Happiness, Doppelgänger, Dead In The Eyes


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