Young Knives to return with tinnitus-inspired fourth album

Oxford trio set to release 'Sick Octave' in September

Young Knives are set to release their fourth album ‘Sick Octave’ in September, and have revealed that the record is inspired by singer Henry Dartnall developing tinnitus.

The album will be their fourth full-length record and their first since 2011’s ‘Ornaments From The Silver Arcade’. But rather than continuing with their trademark spiky Gang Of Four-influenced sound, they’ve gone experimental.

“About a year and a half ago I developed tinnitus so I always have this aching whistle in the back of my head,” Dartnall said. “It has affected how I play and the sort of music I like because I need to drown out the noise. It also gives me some crazy ass dreams that are always backed with really industrial sounds like cogs and clanking metal and explosions.”


He added: “About a year ago it went mental and I kept waking up with songs in my head. I couldn’t grab a guitar or play drums, I just had to sing all the parts and then hope I would understand it in the morning and work it out for instruments. There is a track called ‘Bella Bella’ that was just these two notes repeating and repeating and the drums were just ringing in my ears, I can still hear it now like a weird shadow. You know when you keep thinking you can hear your phone ringing? It’s like that.”

The album will come out some time in September and is being funded by the Kickstarter scheme. The band are also planning to release a new EP in June ahead of the album coming out.

Speaking of the trio’s new direction Dartnall added: “We have probably stolen a lot of ideas from other songs, that’s what happens in dreams. All these songs are probably like twisted cover versions of Robbie Williams and Coldplay hits but with white noise all over them. We like mashing up styles anyway like dance hall and folk and cinematic rock and kraut.”

See Kickstarter for more information on the album.