Bringin ‘it Backwards: Interview with Knifes

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We had the pleasure of interviewing the Knifes over Zoom video!

Knifes is back with their next installment of scorching riffs and infectious melodies. “Serial killers, cocaine and car accidents,” exclaims Ben Young, singer and guitarist of Knifes. These are the themes that found their way into Knifes’ second EP, Regression To The Mean. Young goes on to explain, “This EP is a wild domestic cat pretending to play well so he can get inside. Don’t let your guard down.

Regression To The Mean stays true to the ’90s rock influences Knifes are known for, continuing to subvert catchy pop melodies with time signature changes and monumental riffs, but it’s also a natural evolution to more transgressive themes and new approaches to songwriting. “These songs are what we wanted to sound like on our first EP, but we didn’t know how to get there at the time.”

Knifes members Ben Young, Brian Diaz and Warren Johnson all met on tour, working as roadies for the world’s biggest rock bands. Young and Johnson met in 2015 while working as backline technicians for Linkin Park. The knives came to fruition after Young replaced Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson. “Playing lead guitar for a handful of Linkin Park shows gave me the confidence to start working on my own material,” Young explains. Diaz joined the group a few years later while they were all working for Fall Out Boy. Together they’ve worked for some of the best rock bands in the world including Guns’ n Roses, Slipknot, Deftones, Stone Temple Pilots… the list goes on.

We were supposed to tune guitars on stage with Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer last summer, ”Diaz laments,“ but suddenly we found ourselves with extra time to finish these songs. It’s not a quarantine album though. Knifes had been working on recording these songs long before he was confined to their home. “We had the chance to record drums in the private studio of one of the richest billionaires in the world. The rest was recorded in various places around Los Angeles, wherever we could steal time, ”says Johnson.

Regression To The Mean was produced by Knifes and mixed by Ethan Mates.

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