Monday 18 August 2014


GenresPunk / Rock / Math Rock / Emo / Post-Hardcore / Space Rock / Garage Rock / Indie Rock / Alternative
Related artistsFishwife, Hemlock, The Jade Shaker, Pinback, Switchfoot and Tanner.
CountrySan Diego, California USA
Years Active1993-2003
Song: "The Red Bedroom"
Album: "Riot For Romance!"
Year: 2002
Label(s): Goldenrod Records / Time Bomb Recordings / Dim Mak Records / Big Wheel Recreation / Jetblack Records / Filler Records / Better Looking Records / Nova Recordings / Day After Records
This post's artist is from the August 2014 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download the August Mix#8 right here or get the new August Mix#9 here.
For fans of: AdolinaFoo Fighters, Nada Surf, Elliot, Riddle Of Steel, Q And Not U, Sunny Day Real Estate, Cave In, The Weakerthans, Helmet, This Town Needs Guns, Moving MountainsTokyo Police Club, Mock Orange, Bloc Party, Sloan, Life In Vacuum, The Mark Inside, Muse, CodesevenPortugal The Man and Serotonin.

I'll be honest, I only really like 'Riot For Romance!', which I became entrenched in after reading on Cave In's band update that Brodsky was jamming the record. The album is a beautiful mix of Antenna-era Cave In, Elliot, Riddle Of Steel and Nada Surf. It's melodic but has some thickness to the guitars and some semi-spacey riffs that are like a glossy and super catchy version of Cave In or Elliot with more engaging instrumentals.

I've gone through the band's other material, the 3 other LPs to be exact, and there was not even a single song that jumped out at me like the band's final output. 'Riot For Romance!' would be my pick for the closest any band came to making Q And Not U-influenced music a little more accessible. The earlier stuff is without the driving as well as the poppy bits, and the vocals are much more flat. It is quite obvious that NO KNIFE vocalist Mitch really sharpened his knives for the final release. The first few LPs are much more rooted in punk and emo and don't have the flashy production and songwriting skills housed on the final release, so I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of readers prefer the first few albums.

This probably won't pierce anyone's heart, but a few fans of decent, underground rock music with roots in punk and emo should definitely check them out. My quintessential NO KNIFE song is "The Red Bedroom", so I'd recommend starting there and then moving to "Brush Off" if the first one tickles your fancy.



1994 - Seven Inches 7"
1994 - Tanner split 7"

1995 - Drunk on the Moon cd/12"LP (download here)

1997 - ...Hit Man Dreams cd/12"LP (download here)
1997 - Jack Boots 7"

1999 - Fire in the City of Automatons cd/12"LP (download here)

2000 - Sunshine split 7"
2000 - Lazycain split 7"

2002 - Riot for Romance! cd/12"LP
2002 - Nine Days Wonder split 7"


(2002) NO KNIFE - "The Red Bedroom" (from 'Riot for Romance!') official video

(2002) NO KNIFE - "Brush Off" (from 'Riot for Romance!')

(2002) NO KNIFE - "Riot for Romance!" (from 'Riot for Romance!')

(2002) NO KNIFE - "Parting Shots" (from 'Riot for Romance!')


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