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Riot For Romance! [CD]
Riot For Romance!
Riot For Romance!
Permanent For Now
Swinging Lovers
Parting Shot
Feathers & Furs
The Red Bedroom
Brush Off
May I Call You Doll
10 This Moon Life

produced by Greg Wales
European release: Day After Records
Japanese release: Dot Line Circle

Ryan from No Knife is the No Knife street team!No Knife in their hometown, San Diego.Ready to hit the road!Mitch Wilson
Ryan FergusonBrian DesjeanChris PrescottCandace Mandracia with backing vocals and keyboards.
Click to EnlargeClick to EnlargeClick to EnlargeNo Knife with Uncle Fred and Aunt Marne letting us stay at their house in San Luis Obispo!
One more rock shot...just to drive the point home.Click to EnlargeClick Ryan's set of fake teeth for more photos!Click to Enlarge


"one of the most vibrant, soulful rock albums of the year." - Splendid

Veteran indie rock act No Knife was an integral part of the early and mid '90s San Diego scene constantly pushing the envelope of success, determined not by playing sold-out shows or the number of units moved but by creating their own definitive sound and being recognized for playing tight and intensely vigorous live shows.

     Over their eight-year lifespan, No Knife has released three full albums and a slew of tracks for indie compilations and seven-inches.  Producers Greg Wales and Mark Trombino and have been tapped to lend their expertise capturing No Knife's extraordinary sound.  No Knife have toured the U.S. and Canada over a dozen times with the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Get Up Kids, Rocket From the Crypt, Sweep the Leg Johnny and many more.  While No Knife's music has developed a mature, rich quality over the years, they have maintained their characteristic cutting-edge sound incorporating hints of The Clash, Wire and Gang Of Four.  With this new release, No Knife continues to go about their way, combining post-punk energy with the sonic eloquence that has made them a classic.

Brian Desjean . bass
Chris Prescott . drums
Mitch Wilson . vocals/ guitars
Ryan Ferguson . vocals/ guitars

In the 8 years since No Knife first began taking stages by storm, the quartet, featuring Mitch Wilson (vocals/guitar), Brian Desjean (bass), Ryan Ferguson (guitar/vocals), and Chris Prescott (drums), has released 3 albums, 3 singles and made numerous compilation album appearances. They've toured the U.S. and Canada over a dozen times and recently completed a highly successful tour of Japan. But more importantly, despite obstacles, not the least of which are label and personnel changes, as well as radio indifference, they have continued to release music that stretches boundaries.

The signs of musical brilliance were there from the release of the group's first album, "Drunk On The Moon" (Goldenrod), in 1995. Indie rock fans found a sonically innovative new act full of promise. A song would often display a wide range of genre and influence within it's few short minutes, and even a cursory listen would show that the band raised the bar on musicianship. 1997's "Hit Man Dreams" and 1999's "Fire In the City Of Automatons" (Time Bomb / BMG) followed in quick succession, establishing the band with a growing worldwide following. And then- just when fans were used to the album a year scenario, nothing. We waited.

Well, it's been three years, but their long anticipated new album "Riot For Romance" (Better Looking) is a more than worthy successor. Showing the expansiveness of what can truly be achieved with a standard rock line up, the ten songs on "Riot For Romance" are the antidotes to what ails a cookie cutter rock scene. No Knife's music is impossible to pigeonhole- their sound can be many things. At points their rock is driving and angular, perhaps best exemplified on the title track, Mitch's plaintive voice matching the dissonant guitar beat for beat. Then there's the manic punk edge that shadows the explosive "Swinging Lovers", while the clean lines and quirky rhythms of "The Red Bedroom" show an understanding of song craft that clearly leaves most of their contemporaries in the dust. Meanwhile their ballads show an unerring ear for melody. The beauty of a track like "Feathers and Fur" is its seeming simplicity. The songs fragile, longing nature is set against a monotone guitar attack and the intricacy of some of the most glorious harmonies you're going to hear on a disc this year. There is also a haunting, melancholy texture to instrumental "May I Call You Doll" that bears repeated listens.

Hook filled without giving in to the clichés of pop, the songs on "Riot For Romance" are perfect showcases for the band's stark, oft times disjointed arrangements, something for every mood. It's a true album, in the classic style, with ebbs and flows, and a sensibility to the running order. Sequencing is a lost art. But through its layers of guitars, distortion, and reverb, lies some truly memorable music, clearly destined for many a year-end top ten list.

It's not often that groups live up to their promise. Most bands today barely bring us the foundations of rock, No Knife delivers architecture of sound.