Since the inception of their Knifecastpodcast in 2018, Knife Party has treated those who tune in to some exclusive listening material—their latest exclusive gift being the duo’s forthcoming single “Ghost Train,” fresh off of Knifecast 13. The pair previously shared a demo of a track named “Ghost Town;” although bearing similar names, the tracks hardly resemble each other. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen have used their radio show-style platform to play IDs, host guests, and share updates on new releases. Earlier in the year, they announced a forthcoming Knife Party EP on top of new Pendulum music as well.
The new single “Ghost Train” is tinged with the usual Halloween-esque elements of a standard Knife Party production, but has received mixed reception about its squeamish drop. Love it or hate it, one thing is for certain—new Knife Party music is on the way.
Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen are doubling down on new music in 2019. The pair of Aussie producers plan to release an EP under their Knife Party moniker, and intend to also debut new Pendulum content with Paul Harding. Listeners of Knife Party’s fledgling podcast, Knifecastwill likely not find the news of a forthcoming Knife Party EP much of a surprise. The “Internet Friends” creators have utilized Knifecast as a platform to share IDs since the podcast’s September 2018 inception. The succession of sonic sneak peeks that Knife Party have so consistently offered fans via Knifecast was no subtle indicator that the pair had been logging hours in the studio, although Swire and McGrillen have only now confirmed that an EP is complete, during Knifecast’s most recent installment. Swire and McGrillen shared that they have not only finished the currently nameless EP, but will submit the project to their label by week’s end. The EP will notably be Knife Party’s first since 2015’s Trigger Warning.
Swire and McGrillen additionally imparted that they have brand spanking new Pendulum music waiting in the wings, “ready to go.” While that information will undoubtedly please Pendulum fans, Swire and McGrillen were adamant that they will not play the unreleased Pendulum music prior to its official release. Neither producer offered specifics on just how much Pendulum material they have loaded in the chamber, or when listeners can expect said material to debut. Knife Party and Pendulum fans alike can tune in to the most recent episode of Knifecast to learn more.
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It’s looking like the next year is about to see a bountiful release harvest from illustrious Australian outfit Knife Party. They certainly know how to stir a frenzy among their fan base, slowly teasing out a variety of raucous new music through their Knifecast show and other platforms. It seems they’ve enlisted a tried-and-true partner for one of the upcoming releases: Pegboard Nerds. Following their “Harpoon” collaboration, released on Monstercat, the two acts have now forged a wild new tune that harkens back to both their electro stylings of old. A distinctly “Knife Party” drop ensues following encouraging vocals that command movement on the dance floor, bearing similarity to tracks like “EDM Death Machine,” or “Internet Friends.” Based off sources who were there to witness the track’s first unveiling in Amsterdam advise that the working title is “Jack;” only time will tell if this name sticks.
Knife Party is building up some serious momentum in front of a major drop of new music that we are guessing will be dropping in early 2019. After debuting several new original tunes on their new podcast series, Knifecast, the guys are steadily teasing new music. Their latest unreleased track comes courtesy of Pegboard Nerds,
Knife Party, kicked off their very first episode of their progressively developing “Knifecast” podcast with the debut of a brand new track that has yet to be titled. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen described the concept as a format that rests “halfway between a podcast and playing music.” The pair were adamant that they didn’t want to just produce a weekly mix, but rather a dynamic and engaging show that would feature guests, and on-air Q&A sessions featuring fan-submitted questions. Knife Party provided a memorable finale to their inaugural installment of “Knifecast” with their inclusion of a lengthy ID at the episode’s end, pointing to additional new material underway.
As episode eight of the series affirms, the previously shared ID did in fact foreshadow more unreleased material to come. In their latest episode, the Abandon Shipproducers treat listeners to a first taste of a current work in progress by the name of “Ghost Town.” At once a glance back at classic Knife Party sound, intertwined with more modern electronic sonic influence, “Ghost Town” foregrounds Swire’s distinctive vocals atop electro-charged synth arrangements. Knife Party’s plans for the release currently remain unclear, but will certainly come into sharper focus with the ensuing episodes of “Knifecast.”
Knife Party briefly returned in 2018 with a remix for Pendulum’s new remix compilation album. Unfortunately, almost across the board, the remix was a bit lackluster. While Knife Party was brutally vocal about not caring about the fan and critical reaction, they have stepped things up in a big way. In their latest episode of
At the tender age of four, HARD Events said good-bye to one of its most popular festivals, Day of the Dead. Buried six-feet under the earth and grieved by many, the Southern California event was in its infancy, yet showed many signs of promise and many hoped for a long life ahead. Tragically, the festival
Remixing Knife Party classics is a potentially daunting task for the faint of heart. Two of mau5trap’s most prominent agents of techno, i_o and No Mana, have stepped up to the plate and blasted the challenge out of the park with an ultra heavy remix of Knife Party‘s 2012 track, “Sleaze.”
The producers maintain the raw suspense of the original, but transform its rolling moombahton feel into a relentless monster packed with techno and electro elements. The familiar vocal samples hold serve over a noticeably more up-tempo build. As the madness reaches boiling point, the song arrives at a demonically relentless drop. The kick takes no prisoners on this one, as subtle risers keep the tension steadily rising. It’s borderline impossible to hit as hard as classic Knife Party, but with their collaborative take i_o and No Mana have managed just that.
Halloween weekend is in full swing, and who better to celebrate this haunting time than with Australian electro/bass stalwarts Knife Party? Back in 2015, Diplo teamed up with Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen for a Halloween-themed Diplo and Friends mix as the pair were amid the lead up to their Trigger WarningEP which came shortly after. On the mix, the “Internet Friends” duo unveiled two new tracks: “Parliament Funk” and “Kraken.” The track list is weaved together with tunes from DallasK, Oliver Heldens, Tommy Trash and more.
Spanning the group’s entire catalog, from their almost-satiric Abandon ShipLP with “Begin Again,” to beloved Knife Party classics like “Rage Valley,” the hour long session is a highlight reel of Knife Party hits, including additional featured contributions from GTA, Yellow Claw, Skrillex, and JAUZ.
Tom Morello has released his first-ever solo album under his own name, entitled The Atlas Underground. As an undisputed rock icon and top guitarist, Morello has led bands like Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and now Prophets of Rage to success through making music that centers around raw, real emotion. Now, the Guitar Hero III boss has made it his mission to join together the energy behind rock music together with modern electronic dance music through a collaborative, focused album.
Enlisting artists from the electronic world that inspire him, Morello has created an album that bridges a gap between a generation of those who grew up when rock music was king, and those who have been raised at the height of electronic music’s success. For the latter, Morello explained in conversation with Zane Lowe at his Los Angeles stop of The Atlas Underground Experience that his intention with this album is to “inflict” the energy of guitars onto the next generation, inspiring future rockstars along the way. Working with stand-out artists like Knife Party, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki and K.Flay, Morello has created something true to himself in its motivations in social justice. Not only that, but the music succeeds at its intention to make us both rock out and dance.