The three piece first emerged from the very glamorous sounding Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, in the early 2000s.
Armed with tight songs and an angular sound, Henry Dartnall, Thomas Dartnall and Oliver Askew were soon lumped in with bands like The Futureheads and Foals, but their playful approach always defied the pigeonhole.
Indie anthems like The Decision, She’s Attracted To and Weekends and Bleak Days, caught the zeitgeist and won them places in the Top 40, while the band scooped a Mercury Prize nomination for their 2007 album Voices of Animals and Men.
Now four albums in, Young Knives have parted ways with their major labels partners and embraced the DIY route – and their music is all the better for it.
Turning to Kickstarter to fund their most recent longplayer, Sick Octave, they’ve found new swagger and honed their experimentation to return refreshed and ready to rock ‘n’ roll.
We caught up with them during a fly-by-night trip to the capital to record an acoustic session with them at a wee pub round the corner from M Towers in central London.
Here’s what they played for us…