About The Knife
It's telling that Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson – aka a Swedish EM duo known as The Knife – operate under their own label called Rabid Records. After all, this is the pair who put out a rambling manifesto of sorts for the 2013 release of their album "Shaking the Habitual," and rarely get a nod from the press or the mainstream music scene. Yet their large international following has made them impossible to ignore. As their manifesto says, 'The Knife don't do anything by half.'
It was the 2003 album "Deep Cuts" that made plenty of people sit up and take notice of The Knife. When a cover of their song, "Heartbeats," was rearranged for acoustic guitar and later appeared in a Sony commercial, it began an upward trajectory for the duo that hasn't slowed down. In fact, the release of their critically acclaimed album "Silent Shout" seemed to force their hand when it came to performing live for the very first time.
It's true the group still rarely makes public appearances. Yes, most of their promotional photos feature members wearing masks, and they've boycotted a slew of awards shows for reasons like protesting male dominance in the music industry. Still, it seems that voters didn't mind and fans can't get enough. The Knife won all six categories it was nominated in at the Grammis in 2007, including Pop Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Artist of the Year.
"Shaking the Habitual" marked the duo's fourth official studio album. It spawned the singles "Full of Fire" and "A Tooth for an Eye." The pair embarked upon the Shaking the Habitual Tour in support of the project.
Invasion of the Body-Snatchers: The Knife’s Radiant Return to NYC
Yesterday, a digital release of Shaken-Up Versions--a mini-album of their classic tunes reworked for their last North American tour--was released on Rabid/Brille/Mute Records. (Look out for vinyl and CD versions of said mini-album later this summer.) We were lucky enough to catch the Knife performing songs from the album earlier this year, when they played a…Read more
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