Knife Party

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Knife Party
Knife Party Logo
Background information
Origin Australia
Genres Electro house, dubstep, moombahton, drumstep
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Earstorm, Big Beat
Associated acts Pendulum, Swedish House Mafia, Steve Aoki, Mistajam
Members Rob Swire
Gareth McGrillen

Knife Party is an Australian electronic dance music duo. They formed from two members of the drum and bass band Pendulum, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen. They currently rank at #25 on DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs poll, #22 on thedjlist, and #9 based on data conducted by Topple Track and JustGo Music.[1]


2002-2011: Origin and 100% No Modern Talking[edit]

Knife Party Official Logo

The duo met and performed music since 2002 in various different bands and music projects, eventually forming drum and bass band Pendulum.[2][3] While the band had three charted albums and singles, the two original members created Knife Party as a side project, although it evolved into their primary project. On 25 May 2011, Swire released a short preview on SoundCloud entitled "Not Pendulum".[4] The name is derived from a Deftones song of the same name, which caused consternation at first as it implied that they supported knife crime, although Swire stated that "...we’re not advocating any type of knife-related crime any more than Swedish House Mafia were advocating organised crime."[5]

Knife Party's first EP, 100% No Modern Talking, was released digitally through Warner Bros. Records on 12 December 2011.[6] The EP originally was to feature "Back to the Z-List" but was replaced with "Destroy Them with Lazers" as the duo had decided to abandon the track.[7] The EP title refers to the lack of "Modern Talking", a wavetable in the software synthesiser NI Massive commonly used to create "talking" basslines.[7] A tweet in December 2011 suggested the possibility of a remix EP in the future.[8]

2012-2013: Rage Valley and Haunted House[edit]

Main articles: Rage Valley and Haunted House (EP)
Playing Rage Valley Tracks on Hove Festival 2012

Their second EP, Rage Valley, was released digitally through EarStorm and Big Beat. Rob tweeted a screenshot taken on his PC showing three of the four final Rage Valley tracks, captioning the photo "3 down, 1 to go", referring to the mastering of the final track "Sleaze".[9] The title track "Rage Valley" was originally named "Fuck Em" but the title was changed "for secret shady reasons you will never know" according to Rob.[10] "Sleaze" was also re-titled, the original being called "Until They Kick Us Out".[11] Originally Rage Valley was set to be released before the end of April 2012, but due to multiple setbacks[12] the release was delayed for four weeks. It was made available for purchase on Beatport and iTunes on 27 May 2012. The song "Bonfire," released on this album, was featured on an episode of AMC's Breaking Bad in the fifth season. The EP was also Knife Party's first ever entry into the Billboard 200, peaking at #75.

Their third EP Haunted House, was released on 6 May 2013 digitally through EarStorm and Big Beat. A last minute change was made to the EP and where "Baghdad" was replaced with "Internet Friends" (VIP).[13] Rob also announced the approximate release date for the new EP, the week of 22 April, with iTunes on 29 April.[14] Rob later announced the final release date would be 6 May due to issues beyond his control. The EP was leaked on 29 April, and later uploaded in its entirety on Knife Party's YouTube channel on 5 May as well as a trailer video for the EP. The EP entered into the iTunes Top 10 Albums Chart and peaked at #3. It also hit number 1 Electro House Album on Beatport. The EP was also Knife Party's first Top 40 entry into the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #37.

2014-present: Abandon Ship[edit]

On 7 May 2013 on Radio 1, Rob said that an album may be released after a possible fourth EP.

On 22 August 2013 in a series of tweets, Rob revealed that not only will there be a Knife Party album, but a possible Pendulum album too:

"We're probably going to release another Pendulum album some time next year."[15]

"It will have been 4 years since the last one"[16]

"There will be a KP album before that also. Probably should have mentioned that first"[17]

On 3 September 2013, Knife Party announced that after their next 3 shows, they would begin work on an album.[18]

On 29 April 2014, Rob Swire tweeted "Album finishing month starts: now. Apologies to friends and family".[19]

On 6 June 2014, Knife Party tweeted: "Album update: 9 of 12 tracks confirmed, 5 in the "maybe" pile, 5 in the "ideas" stage. 2 weeks til mastering."[20]

On 8 June 2014, Knife Party tweeted that the name of album is "Abandon Ship" and it`s coming "whenever we finish it".[21]

On 21 June 2014, Knife Party tweeted that their EDC 2014 set would be streamed live[22] and that "many album tunes" would be played[23] although they noted that the demos played would "change drastically between now and release".[24]

On 12 July 2014 in response to a fan's question about the release date, Rob Swire replied: "finished by end of the month. release mid august, with any luck."[25]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Abandon Ship
  • Released: TBA
  • Label: Big Beat, Earstorm
  • Formats: Digital download, CD


Year Album details Peak chart positions[26]
2011 100% No Modern Talking
2012 Rage Valley 75 71[27]
2013 Haunted House 37 1 17


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(Swedish House Mafia vs Knife Party)
2012 30 35 59 13 39 49 17 70 4 Until Now

Other charted tracks[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BEL (FL) FIN UK Dance UK[27]
"Internet Friends" 2011 106 9 100% No Modern Talking
"Rage Valley" 2012 71 Rage Valley
"Bonfire" 96 18 7 45
"Centipede" 11
"Power Glove" 2013 2 43 Haunted House


Year Track Original Artist Release
2011 "Save the World" Swedish House Mafia Save the World (The Remixes)
"Unison" Porter Robinson Spitfire
"Crush on You" Nero Crush on You
2012 "Last Time" Labrinth Last Time

Production credits[edit]

Year Track Artist Release
2012 "Apex" Foreign Beggars The Uprising

Unreleased tracks / VIP tracks[edit]

On 28 April 2013, Rob Swire said on twitter;

"anything you've heard before that hasn't been released, and isn't on the [Haunted House] EP, will never come out."

'Piledriver' is "the one exception. but it will sound nothing like the old one." Additionally, 'Baghdad' was being reworked with Hardwell after this statement was posted, and so may also be another exception.[28]

Year Track Notes
2011 "Zoology" (featuring Skrillex) On 26/06/12 tweets from Rob and Skrillex hinted at a song they were working on in Knife Party's studio.[29][30] Debuted at Space, Ibiza on 05/08/11.[31] Set rip taken from Ibiza Rocks mix from same set.[32] Scrapped.[33][34]
"The Box" Debuted at Space, Ibiza on 05/08/11.[35] Set rip taken from Ibiza Rocks mix from same set.[36] Scrapped.[33]
"Suffer" Debuted at Space, Ibiza on 05/08/11.[37] Set rip taken from Ibiza Rocks mix from same set.[38] Scrapped.[33]
"Back to the Z-List" Debuted at Factory 7, London on 29/09/11.[39] Originally meant for release on 100% No Modern Talking EP, but replaced by "Destroy Them with Lazers".[40] Scrapped.[41][42]
"Destroy Them with Lazers" (VIP) Debuted at Villa, Perth on 26/12/11.[43]
2012 "ID" (with Kill the Noise) Between January to March, Knife Party mentioned on Twitter that they were in the studio with Kill the Noise working on a track. Speculated to be the same track as 'Hawaii', but there is no evidence for this.[44][45][46][47][48]
"ID" [Hawaii] Debuted at The Wiltern, Los Angeles on 18/02/12.[49][50]
"Robot Bass" Debuted at Encore, Las Vegas on 14/03/12.[51] Set rip taken from Goat & Fire 2, Miami on SirusXM on 22/03/2012.[52]
"Piledriver" (with Steve Aoki) Debuted at Proud2, London on 21/04/12.[53] Mix rip taken from AnonFM set on 22/01/13.[54] To be released on Aoki's album Neon Future. In response to the question of "Piledriver" being scrapped, Rob replied that a revision that would sound "nothing like the old one" was being worked on.[55] Played with different drop at Kool Haus, Toronto, Canada on 08/06/13.[56] On 21/06/13 Rob tweeted a Vine video of the new drop he was still working on.[57][58] Debuted updated drop at Electric Daisy Festival 2014, Las Vegas on 23/06/13.[59] On 07/03/14 in response to a fan question, Rob revealed the project had been scrapped.[60] Additionally Mike Dahlquist who works with Aoki told a fan Knife Party had "backed out because they didn't like the song anymore."[61][62]
"Rage Valley" (VIP) Debuted at 1stBank Center, Colorado on 31/10/12.[63] Was later included on "Clever Title Deadmau5 Would Use" mix.[64]
2013 "Baghdad" (featuring Hardwell) Debuted at Bedlam, Bournemouth on 02/02/13.[65] Originally meant for release on Haunted House EP, but replaced by "Internet Friends (VIP)".[66] Reworked with Hardwell. Debuted by Hardwell at Governors Beach Club, Governors Island, New York on 26/05/13.[67] Scrapped according to Rob.[68] Hardwell is still working on it.[69]
"ID" [Trap] Debuted at Bedlam, Bournemouth on 02/02/13.[70] Last played at Showcase, Paris, France on 10/05/13.[71][72] On 26/06/14 Rob replied to a fan that though it won't sound exactly the same,"a version will be on the album."[73]
"ID" Debuted at Ultra Music Festival, Miami on 16/03/13.[74] and on 24/03/13.[75] Rob said on twitter the track may feature on their upcoming album.[76]
"Power Glove" (VIP) Debuted at Kool Haus, Toronto on 8/06/13.[77][78]
"ID" (with Zedd) On 08/10/12 Zedd tweeted that he thought him and Knife Party "should make a song together!", to which Rob replied "agreed!".[79] On 19/07/13 Rob tweeted that he'd mailed Zedd "2 revisions" of a song.[80]
"ID" (with Jordy Dazz) On 12/08/13 Jordy Dazz tweeted a video of him and Knife Party in the studio.[81]
2014 "ID" [Opener] On 08/03/14 Knife Party tweeted that they opened with a new track from the album.[82] Debuted at Good Life 2014, Flemington, Melbourne, Australia on 07/03/14.[83] Debuted updated version with The Simpsons, "Crocodile" Dundee parody sample at Spring Awakening 2014, Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois on 13/06/14.[84] Set rip from EDC 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada on 22/06/14.[85]
"ID" [Arabian] On 24/05/14 Rob tweeted via Knife Party's Twitter that they would premiere a new song in their set at We Are FSTVL 2014.[86] Debuted at We Are FSTVL 2014, Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster on 24/05/14.[87] Set rip from EDC 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada on 22/06/14.[88]
"ID" Debuted at Spring Awakening 2014, Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois on 13/06/14.[89] Set rip from EDC 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada on 22/06/14.[90]
"ID" [Begin Again] On 20/06/14 Rob tweeted a picture of their new vocal booth with the caption; "Recording vocals, first time in 3 years :)". When asked if it was for a Pendulum release, he responded with "it's not".[91] Debuted at EDC 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada on 22/06/14.[92] First Knife Party track to feature Rob's vocals unaltered.

Unreleased remixes / VIP remixes[edit]

Year Track Original artist Notes
2011 "Crush on You" (Knife Party VIP Remix) Nero Debuted at I Love Techno, Flanders Expo Centre, Belgium on 12/11/11.[93]
2012 "ID" (Knife Party Remix) Zedd Tweets on 20/06/12 between Knife Party and Zedd suggested a remix of one of Zedd's tracks from his album Clarity was being worked on but was never released/scrapped for unknown reasons.[94] Further evidence of this was due to the mention of Knife Party having worked with Zedd, on the biography page of his website.[95] As of August 2013, Knife Party have not collaborated over any work with Zedd. Common speculation is that the Zedd song remixed was 'Spectrum'.
2013 "Last Time" (Knife Party VIP Remix) Labrinth Debuted at Bedlam, Bournemouth on 02/02/13.[96]


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