Knife Party

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Knife Party
Background information
Origin Perth, Australia
Years active 2011–present
Associated acts

Knife Party are an Australian electro house duo consisting of two members of the drum and bass band Pendulum, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen.

Knife Party were placed at #53 on Top 100 DJs poll, #22 on thedjlist and #9 based on 2013–14 data by Topple Track and JustGo Music. [1][2] The duo have also worked with other artists such as Swedish House Mafia, Steve Aoki, MistaJam, Foreign Beggars, I See MONSTAS, Tom Staar and Tom Morello.


Knife Party use the Digital Audio Workstation application Nuendo for production. In an interview with Sound on sound Swire mentions he used to use Logic, but switched to Nuendo, mainly due to the linking system and workflow environment.[3] Most of the sounds emulated are virtual instruments (VST).[4]


2002–11: Origin and 100% No Modern Talking[edit]

The duo met and performed music since 2002 in various different bands and music projects, eventually forming drum and bass band Pendulum.[5][6] Two of the three 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".[7] 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."[8]

Knife Party's first EP, 100% No Modern Talking, was released digitally through Warner Bros. Records on 12 December 2011.[9] 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.[10] The EP title refers to the lack of "Modern Talking", a wavetable in the software synthesiser NI Massive commonly used to create "talking" basslines.[10]

2012–13: Rage Valley and Haunted House[edit]

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".[11] 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.[12] "Sleaze" was also re-titled, the original being called "Until They Kick Us Out".[13] Originally Rage Valley was set to be released before the end of April 2012, but due to multiple setbacks[14] 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 and in the video game WWE 2K15. The EP was also Knife Party's first ever entry on 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).[15] Rob also announced the approximate release date for the new EP, the week of 22 April, with iTunes on 29 April.[16] 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 on the Billboard 200, peaking at #37.[citation needed]

Rob Swire stated that he will be taking a six-month hiatus in July from live performances in order to record new music.[17] A month later Swire released a statement that along with an announcement of a new Pendulum album, Knife Party will be recording and releasing their debut studio album.[18]

2014-present: Abandon Ship and Trigger Warning[edit]

In May 2014 Swire stated that the Knife Party album was near completion and that they were in their final stages of finishing it off.[19] In June it was announced that the album title would be "Abandon Ship", however it was explained that its release date will be announced once the album itself is finished. On 6 August 2014, Rob Swire released a teaser for the track "Boss Mode", from the forthcoming album.[20] On 15 August 2014, the release of a single titled "Resistance", was announced, to be released for free on 25 August 2014 through SoundCloud, with the album to follow shortly after. On 22 August 2014, the album was announced, scheduled for release on 24 November 2014.[21] On 22 September 2014, "Begin Again" was released as the second promotional single from the album. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 183.[22] On 7 November 2014 iTunes leaked the whole album.[23] Knife Party's Rob Swire mentioned in a tweet that he was happy with the album leaking, but that he felt it made "months of arguments about release dates and watermarks pointless."[24]

Evidence of a possible new EP made itself known during their performance at Ultra Music Festival 2015 where they debuted three new tracks: Parliament Funk, PLUR Police and Kraken ft. Tom Staar.[25] At Kingsday Festival they premiered a brand new song featuring Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine fame. They also announced the song would be included on their new EP.[26] On 3 June Knife Party tweeted they would be officially announcing their new EP within the next few days.[27] On 24 July Knife Party tweeted their new EP "Trigger Warning" would be released within 6 to 8 weeks.[28]

On 13 November Knife Party tweeted on their official Twitter page that they will be releasing the EP along with Plur Police (Jauz Remix) on 20 November 2015.[29]

On 5 September 2016 Knife Party posted a GIF with the words "Coming Soon" on top of a static background.[30] This was followed up on 7 September with another GIF of a cartoonized Tom Morello in shadow with the words "9th September".[31] Their collaboration, Battle Sirens, was released worldwide on 9 September 2016.[32]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
Abandon Ship
  • Released: 24 November 2014
  • Label: Big Beat, Earstorm
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
20 39 54 17 2


Title Album details Peak chart positions[34]
100% No Modern Talking 31
Rage Valley
  • Released: 27 May 2012
  • Label: Earstorm, Big Beat
  • Formats: Digital download
95 71[35] 75
Haunted House
  • Released: 6 May 2013
  • Label: Earstorm, Big Beat
  • Formats: Digital download
77 17 37 1
Trigger Warning
  • Released: 20 November 2015
  • Label: Earstorm, Big Beat
  • Formats: Digital download
Battle Sirens
  • Released: 24 November 2016
  • Label: Earstorm, Big Beat
  • Formats: Digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Singles Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
(vs. Swedish House Mafia)
2011 100 30 35 13 39 49 17 70 4
  • GLF: 3× Platinum[36]
  • BPI: Silver
Until Now
"Resistance" 2014 Abandon Ship
"Begin Again"
"Boss Mode"
"Battle Sirens"
(with Tom Morello)
2016 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

Singles Year Peak chart positions Album
"Internet Friends" 2011 31[A] 106 9 83 100% No Modern Talking
"Rage Valley" 2012 95[B] 14 71 Rage Valley
"Bonfire" 80 96 18 7 45
"Centipede" 82 19 86
"Power Glove" 2013 77[C] 13 43 Haunted House
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • A. ^ Sales of "Internet Friends" counted towards the position of the 100% No Modern Talking EP.
  • B. ^ Sales of "Rage Valley" counted towards the position of the EP of the same name.
  • C. ^ Sales of "Power Glove" counted towards the position of the Haunted House EP.


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

Production credits[edit]

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


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