"You blocked me on Facebook, and now, you're going to die!"
The defining line of the song "Internet Friends"
Knife Party is an Australian House/Dubstep 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 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. Their third EP "Haunted House" came out May 2013 (after previously saying it would come out Valentine's Day). Their upcoming fourth release, "Abandon Ship", is an album and is due to come out in 2014, before the next Pendulum album. 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. As of late, it has evolved more into a more sophisticated, darker sound, with less emphasis on the high synths and more on a dark atmosphere; compare "LRAD", "EDM Death Machine", and even "Power Glove" to their earlier songs such as "Destroy Them With Lazers" and their remix of Nero's "Crush On You".
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.
Bad Future: The picture painted by EDM Death Machine off the Haunted House EP.
"Don't get me wrong, I'm a selfish asshole, but I can't even imagine being so selfish as to ever take a baby on a plane."
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.
Although they were far from the first producers to invent the "Banger House" sub-sub genre, the popularity of LRAD (their entry into this style) led to a flood of producers creating similar sounding songs, with just a kick drum and a offbeat pluck. Due to this, LRAD has become a relatively recent Old Shame for Rob Swire.
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".
Overly-Long Gag: This remix of "Internet Friends" turns the "You blocked me on Facebook..." part into one by naming off practically every single social network.
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 explainsit.
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."
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.
The "Centipede" intro could be interpreted as a Take That to Rob and Gareth's previous band, Pendulum, as it discusses a centipede killing a tarantula (which is one of Pendulum's earlier songs.)
Take That: "#internet", an eight-second spoof that Rob released on his soundcloud specifically calling out "#selfie" by The Chainsmokers.
Their EDC 2014 set has two of them towards "#Selfie", and the Chainsmokers' appearance on American Idol with the song got a thorough ribbing from Knife Party's official Twitter as well as Rob and Gareth's own personal accounts (Gareth even referring to it as "our industry's last breath").
Their upcoming album is literally called Abandon Ship, tying in with their previously-expressed sentiments that the current mainstream EDM scene "is irreparably fucked and needs to go away".