The Young Knives "Human Again" (MP3 download)

Sound it Out #14: The Young Knives - “Human Again”

I’ve been eagerly waiting for the new Young Knives album Ornaments From The Silver Arcade to come out in the US. Now I've learned that it’s not being released here at all, except for on iTunes. Apparently my nation-mates in the music business these days don’t value cheeky and smart punk-influenced pop. Maybe they have something against bands formed in Ashby-de-la-Zouch or those who choose to perform in dapper tweed ensembles.

I’ve always been charmed by The Young Knives’ strange combination of verbosity and vitriol. “Human Again” tones down the anger but maintains an awkward, angular, underdog quality that I find irresistible.


  1. Thanks for this!  I’ve been looking for something like this for a while and it hits the spot right on the head!  With a big hammer!  Maybe even using a small spike to be more precise.  Anyway…thanks again!

    1. Thank you Paul. I was about to ask the same thing. I haven’t heard them before but I like what I hear and I want more. But I don’t buy off iTunes for a variety of reasons.

      I *very much* prefer to buy from the artist directly.

      Now if only they offered other formats too, I keep telling artists I would gladly pay more for FLAC. *sigh*

    2. Hey Paul – thanks for supporting music by paying for it! The band asked me to link to iTunes, but I’m glad to hear there are other ways to get the record.

      1. You should let the band know that there is a market for higher quality downloadables, especially ones that are not saddled with DRM. No criticism of the band intended, I’d just like to be able to buy direct from the band, give them real money instead of whatever idiotically small royalty they get, and ideally get loss-less files.

    1. Yeah, that is what I end up doing a great deal of the time, just so I can get a better quality file. I would love to buy FLAC, or even non-drm AAC, and skip the physical media. Ah well, maybe someday.

  2. I haven’t liked much of the music that BoingBoing has featured, but this is excellent. Duly purchased (from iTunes, I’m afraid — I hadn’t realized I could download from the band’s site).

  3. but oh, this is so last april! no seriously the physical cd isn’t bad to look at. It’s their LA album, produced by Nick Launey. But I prefered their second album Superabundance to this one. Get the british copy: it’s distributed by PIAS  which was burned to the ground during the  London Riots last august.  Better buy from an independent distributor who needs it than from iTunes…

  4. I’m glad to see these guys get some publicity, and thanks everyone for showing where I can get the album without going the itunes route.

  5. these guys are so much fun live, please see them if you get the chance… the sense of humour is decidedly english and they love to tear shreds off each other. a very cool band which manages to be funny without being a novelty.

  6. OK so that song is unbelievably catchy and I got the album. I also checked out some of their other stuff, and discovered “Current of the River”, my new favourite song of all time. Don’t know how I missed these guys, maybe a new new wave haze of Franz Ferdinand and Kasabian or something. Making up for lost time now.

  7. The new album is available on if you’re browsing from a European location, but when you log in with a US account, it’s not available.  

    Why would they do that?  It seems to me it doesn’t cost anything more to release the album worldwide through all digital retailers. Maybe they have an exclusive online agreement with iTunes for the US?

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