A few years ago, back in Austin, Texas, two men under the guise of The Joy Bus were creating their own brand of electronic post-rock music of sorts. Then something happened and that Joy Bus turned the corner and became Bloody Knives. As unfortunate of an accident that may sound like, that idea couldn’t be further from the truth.
Preston Maddox and Jake McCown describe Bloody Knives as being Industrial Shoegaze or Psychedelic Punk. Take your pick since, when it comes down to it, it depends on which track you are listening to at the time. Each description fits and melds together to form a cohesive mix of musical concepts. One minute you may find yourself drifting off into a serene Ambient sleep only to be yanked out of your blissful dream state the next to jump up and cut a rug with a much harder edgier sound with Bloody Knives.
Starting off as a two man outfit with Preston Maddox on bass, voice, keyboards, samples and programming duties and Jake McCown handling drums, noise, programming and art, the band later brought Jim Moon into the fold as the band’s sound manipulator.
Bloody Knives: An Introduction
In October of 2009, Bloody Knives released their debut self-titled EP. The band then followed the EP up in July of 2010 with a full release called Burn It All Down which was produced by Josh Pursur and Bloody Knives and mastered by Kramer. No fooling around here! This is serious stuff. January of 2011 then brought us a split single between Bloody Knives and Me You Us Them.
Wanting more hands on action, Bloody Knives also run their own record label called KillRedRocket Records. Unlike most record labels, KillRedRocket Records is much more about celebrating and sharing good music than making a profit, though they would be more than happy to sell you plenty of music, t-shirts and posters to keep your music loving heart’s content via the website’s online store. As a means of promotion, there is also a whole bucket full of great music that you can download for free in compilation form which includes other great bands from around the world such as Stellarium, Between The Cities Are Stars, The Rosen Association and PinkShinyUltraBlast. Plan to have your ears loaded with all kinds of new sounds to warm your noise loving hearts.
Bloody Knives – “There Was”
Spring and summer are coming around the corner and so are Bloody Knives if you are in the Texas and Gulf states area. Check the calendar to see Bloody Knives in your neck of the woods.
Bloody Knives tour promo
Spring & Summer tour dates for 2011:
Mar 19 – Limelight – San Antonio, Texas – 7:00 PM
Mar 25 – Beerland – Austin, Texas – 7:00 PM
Apr 2 – The Independent – Auburn, Alabama – 9:00 PM
Apr 3 – HTGT Thrift Store with Pig Lizzard – Baton Rouge, LA – 7:00 PM
Apr 8 – Scoot Inn – AUSTIN, Texas – 10:00 PM
May 7 – Hole in the Wall Austin, Texas – 9:00 PM
Jul 16 – ICT Fest – Wichita, KS – 7:00 PM
*Keep checking with the band for additional live dates.
Depending on the particular show, for this tour, Bloody Knives will be sharing the stage with the following bands: The Sunshine Factory, Boys Beware, Black Racers, Pig Lizzard and Love Culture.
Regardless of whether or not you can make it to any of their live shows, do be sure to download their music for free, or even buy a real CD, from the band’s Bandcamp pages or the KillRedRocket Records website.
Bloody Knives on Bandcamp
Bloody Knives on MySpace
Bloody Knives on Last.FM
Bloody Knives on Facebook