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"You blocked me on Facebook, and now, you're going to die!"Knife Party
The defining line of the song "Internet Friends"
is an Australian House
duo founded in 2011 by former Pendulum
members Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen. After making their debut in Space, Ibiza in August 2011, they became a very popular name in the dubstep scene. After Pendulum was announced to be on permanent hiatus in July 2012, Swire and McGrillen have since focused all of their energy into this.
Their first EP "100% No Modern Talking"
was released digitally through Pendulum's record label EarStorm on 12 December 2011. Their second EP "Rage Valley"
was released in summer 2012. They've also released a bunch of remixes and collaborations.
Their music generally has high
, squealing synths
and an almost frantic energy to them, all with odd titles
, and is a sound entirely different
from that of their previous group.
Tropes pertaining to Knife Party
- Alien Invasion: "Destroy Them With Lazers" basically sounds like a musical representation of one.
- Audience Participation Song: Let the audience sing the lyrics of Swedish House Mafia's "Save the World" at the Electric Daisy Carnival show. The phrase "You blocked me on Facebook, and now you're going to die!" from "Internet Friends" is also a very popular one.
- Awesome Aussie: As with Pendulum, they're a couple of awesome Australians who happen to be based in London, England.
- Berserk Button: Do yourself a favor and never send Rob Swire Slash Fic of him and Gareth - he will apparently completely drop his Deadpan Snarker style and blow up on you for being a total creep.
- Brown Note: The bass drops combined with very high synths, making this edge into Sensory Abuse. This is pretty much their Signature Style.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Gareth drops them between songs at live shows, Rob drops them on Twitter, and "Internet Friends" starts out with one.
- Development Hell: Due to their perfectionist tendencies, their EPs have a history of never coming out on time. Case in point: their third EP was originally supposed to come out around Valentine's Day.
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: Averted. Rob Swire actually encourages people to "steal" any of his music◊ that they can't legitimately buy, because most of the money they make is off of live shows anyway and he just wants people to be able to listen to his stuff.
- And judging by the tweet that started that conversation, he himself has no problems pirating any music he can't legitimately buy due to territory restrictions, either.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In "Internet Friends."
You blocked me on Facebook, and now you're going to die!
- Early Installment Weirdness: Those masks in this page's picture? They wore them once - at their first performance. Likely related to how you can't see anything through them, if Rob's advice is anything to go by.
Twitter user: First DJ gig tonight, nerves creeping up on me hard! @rob_swire when was your first gig? any advice?
Rob Swire: my "back in the day" was a year ago! advice: don't wear a mask
- Follow the Leader: Ever since their rise to popularity, many producers have attempted to emulate their Sensory Abuse style of Electro House, with varied results.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: "Destroy Them With Lazers"
- Gratuitous Spanish: Rob is fluent in Spanish, and occasionally speaks it on Twitter.
- One fun instance was when Delta Heavy was being bothered by a Spanish guy who somehow got his number and Rob told him to respond with "calla te puta", which translates to "shut up you whore".
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Gareth is so◊ insecure◊ it hurts.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: Gareth and Rob practically are the Kirk and Spock of electronic music at this point. They even described their relationship as "Loving and asexual" in an interview.
- Mood Whiplash: Their remixes tend to start out with bringing in vocal and melodic elements from the original track before whipping back into outright chaos. Examples include the remix of Porter Robinson's "Unison", Nero's "Crush on You", and Labrinth's "Last Time".
- No Export for You: Their remix of Labrinth's "Last Time" can only be legitimately bought on the UK iTunes store (through no fault of Knife Party themselves - "We don't control what happens to remixes"). Thankfully, they avert Digital Piracy Is Evil, as seen above.
- Psycho Strings: "Internet Friends" ...good lord. They also do this with synthesizers fairly often as a part of their signature sound.
- And it turns out that Rob Swire is a fan of horror flicks (especially cheesy 70s ones), which explains it.
- Perpetual Frowner: As with Pendulum, Rob Swire very rarely smiles, especially while performing.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Gareth's outspokenness, stage presence, and general hilarity compared to Rob's on-stage stoicism, hardly speaking in person, inexplicable metaphors and Deadpan Snarker tendencies. They tend to play off each other well, and their personalities are distinct enough that you can generally tell which one is heading the official Knife Party Twitter account at the moment.
- Running Gag: Rob Swire makes some...interesting comparisons on Twitter.
"Editing audio with Ableton is like trying to build a bridge out of cocks."
"Everyone in Auckland domestic airport looks like they were raised by autistic wolves."
"This is like explaining quantum mechanics to a stove. Bye now."
- Also, Rob seems to get food poisoning a lot.
- Sensory Abuse: There's a reason why they like to call it "Seizure Music".
- Slasher Smile: Rob can certainly sport one◊ when he's not frowning.
- Spoken Word In Music: "Centipede" begins with a nature documentary narration about, well, centipedes. "Internet Friends" opens with a woman asking an unfortunate man why he won't be with her before she says the quote at the top of the page right before the bass drops.
- Stalker with a Crush: The woman in "Internet Friends."
- Synthetic Voice Actor: Used for the woman's voice in "Internet Friends".
- The Quiet One / The Stoic: As with Pendulum, Rob is The Quiet One of the two, who pretty much never says anything on stage, very rarely changes his facial expression while performing, and leaves most of the talking to Gareth for everything else.
- Also in place while he's on Twitter or any other social media (such as Turntable.fm) - he speaks, but doesn't do so as often as most people, only tweeting/posting a few times a day at most.
- Wasted Song: "Back to the Z-List" was originally going to be on 100% No Modern Talking, but was replaced with "Destroy Them With Lazers" because they didn't like it enough. It still hasn't been released.
- Their VIP (Variation In Production) mixes of existing tracks are only used in their live sets and will likely not be released, despite being awesome. "Internet Friends"'s VIP mix in particular has a different line ("You blocked me on Facebook, and now you're going to get fucked up!") and an awesome dubstep breakdown during the second verse, and the VIP mixes of "Rage Valley" and "Last Time" are great, too.
- Yandere: Again, the woman in "Internet Friends."