The Young Knives play new songs at the Carling Weekend: Reading festival

Four newies showcased in the NME/Radio One Tent

The Young Knives played four new songs at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival today during a sweltering afternoon NME/Radio One Tent slot.

Taking the stage at 15:50 BST, the band played ‘Terra Firma’, ‘Fit For You’, ‘Counters’ and ‘Up All Night’ – four new songs that look set to appear on their second album which they are nearly finished recording.

They also got the crowd jumping with older favourites such as ‘Here Come The Rumour Mill’ and ‘Weekends and Bleak Days’, which got the packed tent dancing and clapping along.

“He’s a good looking fellow,” joked singer/guitarist Henry Dartnell, pointing to his brother, bassist The House Of Lords, before adding, “Yup, you’ve come to see one man and one man only,” before freestyling a song about is brother being “Sexy, sexy, sexy”.

Later in the set, Dartnell said, “We’re going to play a few new songs. This is only a little gig so we thought we’d just try a few out,” between playing ‘Fit For You’ and ‘Counters’.

The new songs show a continuation of the band’s precise, melody-led punk-funk, with ‘Terra Firma’ adding a dark, sinister edge to the band’s songwriting along with a singalong chorus. The song is set to be released as a single later this year.

The Young Knives ended their set with a frenetic ‘She’s Attracted To’, with an extended fuzzy guitar intro and ending, delighting the crowd, who held hands aloft, clapped and sang the words of the song throughout.

The Young Knives played:

‘Part Timer’

‘The Decision’

‘Here Comes The Rumour Mill’

‘Terra Firma’

‘Loughborough Suicide’

‘Fit For You’


‘Weekends and Bleak Days’

‘Up All Night’

‘She’s Attracted To’

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