Union Of Knives
I Decline - Live
Union Of Knives Ã¢Â€Â“ made in Glasgow: Get a map out and draw a line that joins Canada's Arcade Fire, Iceland's Sigur Ros, Norway's Royksopp and come to rest at Scotland's Union Of Knives. What do all these places have in common? Short days and long nights. Music and sound born out of extreme environments and cultural diversity. Glasgow and Union Of Knives, two rough diamonds of the north, inextricably linked. You're going to like them very much indeed.
On stage Craig Grant and Chris Gordon play dual frontman roles, supported, like a see-saw on an axis, by Dave McClean. In the studio each member is autonomous, lyrics, beats, melodies and ideas come from everywhere.
The music they make is steely hard, yet cut through with raw, emotive longing and power. Their guitars are very loud, but they have no room or need for a drummer.
Chris and Dave are from Glasgow, and Craig is from Aberdeen, though now he's an "adopted Glaswegian."
Chris and Dave met in Glasgow's Nice and Sleazy. Dave was a soundman there, Chris ended up working behind the bar when he wasn't singing on Dave's tracks or producing demos of local bands. The pair eventually set up their own studio where they recorded bands and did remixes for Craig Armstrong, Snow Patrol and others. Then, one night, back in N&S, they met Craig. Craig had moved to Glasgow and was writing songs in his bedroom. He had been singing at a local acoustic night and was recording with his band, Close To The Ground, but things weren't happening very fast. When Chris came to produce some demo s for the band things changed. Quickly.
Gigs started happening, new recordings were planned. Craig would join them at shows providing vocals and guitar. After a few months, in the summer of 2004, it became clear he should be a full-time member.
See what you think of what's to be expected from Union Of Knives & check out this live version of 'I Decline'.
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