BBtv: Russell Porter and The Young Knives



UK-based Russell Porter chronicles alt music culture in the Porter Report with aggressive wit and offbeat charm. Today, the "professional chancer and well known layabout" brings Boing Boing tv an exclusive interview with the English geek rock / pop punk band The Young Knives, whose name came from a bandmember's mis-reading of the phrase "young knaves", while leafing through a book.

From the All Music Guide:

Hailing from Oxford, England, the Young Knives feature Henry Dartnall (vocals/guitar), Oliver Askew (drums), and Thomas Dartnall (bass) (aka House of Lords). These snarky post-punk revivalists initially started out playing Ned's Atomic Dustbin songs while living in their hometown of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, but a move to Oxford in 2002 gave the Young Knives their big break. An appearance at the Truck Festival led to the band issuing The Young Knives...Are Dead mini-album for Shifty Disco in 2002. Three years later, the trio was playing shows alongside the Futureheads and Hot Hot Heat while readying their debut EP for Transgressive. The limited-edition Junky Music Make My Heart Beat Faster sold out quickly; "The Decision," which was produced by Gang of Four's Andy Gill, followed in December 2005. In the new year, the Young Knives' growing popularity seemed unstoppable. Both "Here Comes the Rumour Mill" and "She's Attracted To" made the U.K. Top 40.

Link to Boing Boing tv post with disussion, downloadable video, and previous BBtv episodes featuring Russell Porter.

(special thanks to Jolon Bankey).