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|Genres||Electro house, dubstep, moombahton, drumstep|
|Labels||Earstorm, Big Beat|
|Associated acts||Pendulum, Swedish House Mafia, Steve Aoki|
- 1 History
- 2 Discography
- 3 References
- 4 External links
McGrillen and Swire first met as members of metal band Xygen before hearing Konflict‘s "Messiah" at a club and vowing to enter the Drum and Bass scene. After recruiting DJ Paul Harding, they created the drum and bass moniker Pendulum in 2002 and enjoyed a rise to fame after their 2005 release Hold Your Colour. By 2007 they re-released the album with the massive drum and bass scene hit "Blood Sugar" and began work on their next album In Silico, which brought considerable mainstream success. They followed up with a third album in 2010, Immersion, which was also well received in the mainstream.
On 25 May 2011, Swire released a short preview on SoundCloud entitled "Not Pendulum". On 5 August 2011, McGrillen and Swire made their first public appearance as Knife Party at Space, a nightclub located on the island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea. The duo are named after a song on the Deftones album White Pony.
2011: 100% No Modern Talking
Knife Party's first EP, 100% No Modern Talking, was released digitally through Pendulum's imprint record label EarStorm. It was released as free download from their official website, Soundcloud and Facebook, as well as being available for purchase on Beatport and iTunes on 12 December 2011. 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. A tweet in December 2011 suggested the possibility of a remix EP in the future. The EP title refers to the lack of "Modern Talking", a wavetable in the software synthesiser NI Massive commonly used to create "talking" basslines.
2012: Rage Valley
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". 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. "Sleaze" was also re-titled, the original being called "Until They Kick Us Out". Originally Rage Valley was set to be released before the end of April 2012, but due to multiple setbacks 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.
2013: Haunted House
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). Rob also announced the approximate release date for the new EP in a tweet, the week of 22 April, with iTunes on 29 April. However, Rob later announced the final release date will 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: Debut Album
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 revealed that not only will there be a Knife Party album, but a possible Pendulum album too. The Tweets go as follows:
"We're probably going to release another Pendulum album some time next year."
"It will have been 4 years since the last one and probably no one will give a fuck, but neither do I....so it's all good :)"
"There will be a KP album before that also. Probably should have mentioned that first"
On 3 September 2013, Knife Party announced on Twitter that after their next 3 shows, they would begin work on an album. This seemingly makes a fourth EP unlikely to be released before the album.
|100% No Modern Talking||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|AUT||BEL (FL)||BEL (WA)||FIN||IRL||NLD||SWE||SWI||UK|
(Swedish House Mafia vs Knife Party)
Other charted tracks
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|BEL (FL)||FIN||UK Dance|
|"Internet Friends"||2011||106||—||9||100% No Modern Talking|
|"Rage Valley"||2012||—||—||15||Rage Valley|
|"Power Glove"||2013||—||—||2||Haunted House|
|2011||"Save the World"||Swedish House Mafia||Save the World (The Remixes)|
|"Crush on You"||Nero||Crush on You|
|2012||"Last Time"||Labrinth||Last Time|
|2012||"Apex"||Foreign Beggars||The Uprising|
Unreleased tracks / VIP tracks
On 28 April 2013, Rob 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.
|2011||"Zoology" (featuring Skrillex)||Debuted at Space, Ibiza on 5 August 2011. Scrapped. |
|"The Box"||Debuted at Space, Ibiza on 5 August 2011. Scrapped.|
|"Suffer"||Debuted at Space, Ibiza on 5 August 2011. Scrapped.|
|"Back to the Z-List"||Debuted at Webster Hall, New York on 21 October 2011. Originally meant for release on 100% No Modern Talking EP, but replaced by "Destroy Them with Lazers". Scrapped. Also played at Factory 7 Warehouse on 29 November 2011.|
|"Destroy Them with Lazers" (VIP)||Debuted at Villa, Perth on 26 December 2011.|
|2012||"ID" (with Kill the Noise)||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. Scrapped.|
|"ID" [Hawaii]||Debuted at The Wiltern, Los Angeles on 18 February 2012. Scrapped.|
|"ID" [Robot Bass]||Debuted at Encore, Las Vegas on 14 March 2012. Scrapped.|
|"Piledriver" (with Steve Aoki)||Debuted at Proud2, London on 21 April 2012. 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. On 21 June 2013 Rob tweeted a Vine video of the new drop he was working on.|
|"Rage Valley" (VIP)||Debuted at 1stBank Center, Colorado on 31 October 2012. Was later included on "Clever Title Deadmau5 Would Use" mix.|
|2013||"Baghdad" (featuring Hardwell)||Debuted at Bedlam, Bournemouth on 2 February 2013. Originally meant for release on Haunted House EP, but replaced by "Internet Friends (VIP)". Reworked with Hardwell.|
|"ID"||Debuted at Bedlam, Bournemouth on 2 February 2013. Scrapped.|
|"ID"||Debuted at Ultra Music Festival, Miami on 16 March 2013. Rob said on twitter the track may feature on their upcoming album.|
|"Power Glove" (VIP)||Debuted at Electric Daisy Festival, Las Vegas on 23 June 2013.|
|"ID" (with Zedd)||On 8 October 2012 Zedd tweeted that he thought him and Knife Party "should make a song together!", to which Rob replied "agreed!". On 19 July 2013 Rob tweeted that he'd mailed Zedd "2 revisions" of a song.|
|"ID" (with Jordy Dazz)||On 12 August 2013 Jordy Dazz tweeted a video of him and Knife Party in the studio.|
Unreleased remixes / VIP remixes
|2011||"Crush on You" (Knife Party VIP Remix)||Nero||Debuted at I Love Techno, Flanders Expo Centre, Belgium on 12 November 2011.|
|2012||"ID" (Knife Party Remix)||Zedd||Tweets on 20 June 2012 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. Further evidence of this was due to the mention of Knife Party having worked with Zedd, on the biography page of his website. 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 2 February 2013.|
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