The Knife last night (November 6) performed their final concert in the UK and penultimate show.
The Swedish duo conclude their European tour in Reykjavik tomorrow (November 8) at this year’s Iceland Airwaves festival.
Karin Dreijer Andersson declared the group’s intention to call it a day in August, saying, “When we finish the tour now in November, we will close down, it’s our last tour. We don’t have any obligations to continue, it should only and always be for fun.”
If there was any sense of closure for the band, it didn’t show onstage – there was no misty-eyed goodbye, nor reference to the fact that the group’s 15-year career is coming to an end.
The show was the latest incarnation of the Shaking The Habitual tour that first came to the UK in May, albeit including tracks from the new ‘Shaken Up Versions’ compilation.
A visual spectactular with an aerobic class as support act, it saw a cast of 11 musicians and dancers onstage, performing often radically different versions of Knife songs on a variety of bespoke instruments. Some songs were performed live while others were recorded versions. The secretive duo themselves – Karin and her brother, Olof Dreijer – were hidden among the throng. A spirited reading of poem ‘Collective Body Possum’ provided a change of pace, and Light Asylum’s Shannon Funchess joined the band for the set’s final songs. The group’s DJ carried on after the troupe departed, seamlessly transitioning from gig to club.
The Knife played:
‘Wrap Your Arms Around Me’
‘We Share Our Mothers’ Health’
‘Without You My Life Would Be Boring’
‘A Tooth For An Eye’
‘Full Of Fire’
‘Collective Body Possum’
‘Ready To Lose’
‘Pass This On’
‘Stay Out Here’