Following heaving, headline tours earlier in the year, a memorable stint at 2005's V Festival, and selling out their first release through Transgressive Records earlier this year in just a matter of days (the superbly titled, 'Junky Music Make My Heart Beat Faster' EP), 2006's most-likely-to's The Young Knives return in November with the first single from their debut album.
After the success of the EP, Transgressive were so enamoured with the three young men from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, they made the band their first major, long-term signing. And the real beginning to it all is the semi-limited 'The Decision' (1,000 x 3" CDs; 500 x 7" vinyls; and online download): the song, a scathing ode to power and megalomania and the pitfalls of both.
Featuring some of the greatest off-kilter lyrics you're likely to hear this year (key line -"I am the Prince of Wales / And if all else fails / I am the Prince of WalesÉ"), this is destined to become a classic. From the moment the first pounding drum rips through the opening guitar line, there's a sense of urgency at work of almost theatrical proportions. Lead vocal duties are taken by bassist The House Of Lords who delivers a performance quite indicative of his title. There is an untamed ferocity to his delivery on the verses, softened only by brother Henry's gorgeous, other-worldly melody on the chorus.
Much of the song's character comes from its quintessential Englishness. A Monty Python-esque eccentricity and a quiet, indefinable sadness to the song that more than any clichd lyric, or naff fish and chips gesture, creates something of real class and poignancy. 'The Decision' could hail as classic pop from any time in the last 25 years, yet somehow fits impeccably now: certainly better than the ill-tailored, tweed suits worn by the band.
So, pop music, yes. But most certainly not throwaway.
"Absolutely terrific!" Mojo Aug '05
"Now every major indie band and label in the UK is going nuts about these arty beatniks." - Vice, Sept 05
'A genius crossbreed of of Yummy Fur kookyness and Sparks' high-pitched rambling" - NME, Sept '05
Watch the video from The Young Knives single, The Decision:
The Young Knives tour the UK in November and December with fellow new Transgressive signings Rumble Strips (check website for further dates to be announced)
Sat 5th Nov - Leeds Faversham/Nasty Festival
Sun 6th Nov - Oxford Zodiac
Mon 7th Nov - London Garage/Artrocker
Tue 8th Nov - Huddersfield Tokyo/Club NME
Wed 9th Nov - Brighton Union
Thu 10th Nov - Taunton Aura
Fri 11th Nov - Stoke Underground/Club NME
Sat 12th Nov - Bedford The Pad
Mon 14th Nov - Sunderland The Point
Tue 15th Nov - Sheffield Leadmill
Wed 16th Nov - Birmingham Barfly
Thu 17th Nov - Coventry Colleseum/Kinky Afro
Fri 18th Nov - Manchester Bierkeller
Sat 19th Nov - Hull Welly
Mon 21st Nov - Liverpool University
Tue 22nd Nov - Shrewsbury Rowleys
Wed 23rd Nov - Cambridge Soul Tree
Thu 24th Nov - Nottingham Stealth/Club NME
Fri 25th Nov - Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Mon 28th Nov - Bristol Manhattan Bar
Tue 29th Nov - Colchester Essex University
Wed 30th Nov - Northampton Soundhaus
Thu 1st Dec - Bath Moles
Fri 2nd Dec - Oldham The Castle
Sat 3rd Dec - Newcastle Bulletproof
Sun 4th Dec - Aberdeen Tunnels
Mon 5th Dec - Glasgow King Tuts
Tue 6th Dec - Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Wed 7th Dec - London Barfly/Transgressive night