No Knife

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No Knife
No Knife.jpg
Left to right: Mitch Wilson, Bryan Desjean, Chris Prescott, Ryan Ferguson
Background information
Origin San Diego, California, USA
Genres Experimental rock
Indie rock
Years active 1993–2003, 2009
Labels Goldenrod Records
Timebomb Records
Better Looking Records

No Knife was a band from San Diego, California.[1][2] They played an innovative form of rock that combined aspects of math rock, post-hardcore, and other indie rock.

The band's original lineup was Mitch Wilson (vocals/guitar), Brian Desjean (bass), Aaron Mancini (guitar/vocals), and Ike Zaremba (drums). Prior to their second full-length, the band replaced Mancini with Ryan Ferguson (guitar/vocals). After their first and second full-lengths, Drunk on the Moon (1996)[3] and Hit Man Dreams (1997),[4] Chris Prescott was enlisted to play drums.[5] The group went on to release two more full-lengths: Fire in the City of Automatons (1999)[6] and Riot for Romance! (2002).[7][8]

No Knife often toured with Jimmy Eat World.[9] After hinting on their website in March 2008 that they might reunite in late 2008 or early 2009, the band was announced as the opening act for three west coast dates on Jimmy Eat World's "Clarity x 10" tour. No Knife played their final show Thursday, June 18, 2009 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, Ca. The last song performed was "Mission Control".

Post-band projects[edit]

Mitch Wilson is currently singing and playing guitar and keyboards in Lunar Maps who released their self-titled debut album on June 15, 2011. Brian Desjean was playing bass for Get Your Death On!, a San Diego rock trio which formed in late 2005 and now he is playing bass and drums with Wilson in Lunar Maps. Ryan Ferguson is now a solo artist who has released an EP, Three Four, and a full length album, Only Trying to Help.[10] He has done some touring, including opening for the San Diego rock band, Switchfoot. Chris Prescott joined the live band for Pinback in late September, 2005, playing guitar, keyboard and singing backing vocals. then went on his first full tour with them as their drummer in 2006, and went on to record with them for Autumn of the Seraphs which was released in September 2007. He also is playing guitar/vocals for The Jade Shader which formed in 2004.

Band members[edit]


  1. ^ Faulkner, Mark (May 26, 1999). "Resourceful No Knife is slicing through traditional rock", The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  2. ^ Nixon, Chris (October 3, 2002). "No Knife cuts a path in music world", The San Diego Union-Tribune, p. N&D-10.
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Drunk on the Moon (review)". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Verna, Paul (August 9, 1997). "No Knife: Hit Man Dreams", Billboard 109 (32): 53. Convenience link.
  5. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (October 13, 1999). "Call them 'emo-core,' but not to their faces: Record companies are quietly talking about a new rock trend while the bands involved don't want anything to do with the tag", The Orange County Register, p. F4.
  6. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Fire in the City of Automatons (Review)". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Spano, Charles. "Riot for Romance! (Review)". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Wallace, Brian (November 4, 2002). "No Knife Finish Jimmy Eat World Tour, Romance! Larger Audience: Band rides emo wave without creative compromise", MTV News. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  9. ^ Nixon, Chris (May 12, 2005). "Investing in 'Futures': Jimmy Eat World changed producers for new work, new approach", The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  10. ^ (August 9, 2007). "Ryan Ferguson: 'Remission'", NPR. Retrieved March 9, 2013.

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