The Young Knives Biography

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 by 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.

The band is known for its energetic live performances and their taste in tweed outfits. 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 (partially due to the acclaim of its dark humoured, League of Gentlemen-esque video). 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 #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.

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The Young Knives to tour 'less visited' UK towns this October – ticket details

The 12 date tour will visit Derby, Wrexham and Stockton On Tees

  • Sep 16, 2011

Young Knives play 'best show in six months'

Band play headline Great Escape festival slot

  • May 16, 2008

Young Knives' new album gets US release date

'Superabundance' comes out April 22

  • Apr 8, 2008

The Young Knives to recruit local bands for tour

Band to play venues 'off the beaten track'

  • Jan 30, 2008

Young Knives confirmed for Great Escape 2008

Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong also announced

  • Jan 8, 2008

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Vision In Rags

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Human Again

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The Young Knives Reviews

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Superabundance // Transgressive

  • Mar 7, 2008

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Up All Night

  • Feb 15, 2008

The Young Knives: Are Dead

Oxford yelpers' debut album rereleased

  • Aug 6, 2007

Shockwaves NME Awards Show: The Young Knives, London Shepherd's Bush Empire, Mon Feb 26

It's the Young Knives, but not as you know them

  • Feb 28, 2007

The Young Knives: Voices Of Animals And Men

Indie’s cutting-edge accountants float debut on the rock market

  • Aug 18, 2006

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