The Knife Announce They’ll ‘Be No More’
After 15 years of making experimental synth-pop and putting on elaborate, mind-bending shows, Sweden’s the Knife have revealed that they will call it quits following what will be their final tour dates in November.
Vocalist Karin Dreijer recently told Dazed & Confused that she and her brother/bandmate Olof Dreijer — who tour with their own veritable troupe of stage performers — are eager to begin working on other projects. “For me, the Knife is anything and nothing,” she said. “At the moment, the Knife is 25 people touring and even more people documenting the process, making videos and helping us out with different things. When we finish the tour now in November, we will close down, it’s our last tour. We don’t have any obligations to continue, it should only and always be for fun.”
Representatives for the group confirmed to Stereogum that the Knife will “officially be no more” after the tour.
Since forming in 1999, the pair — often obscured behind creepy masks or make-up — released four full-length albums including 2003’s ‘Deep Cuts,’ featuring the critically acclaimed single, ‘Heartbeats,’ and 2006’s ‘Silent Shout.’ Although the band didn’t tour until 2006, they soon became known for their outlandish performances and radical ideology.
Dreijer said he will be mixing and producing a new album by Tunisian musician Houwaida Hedfi beginning next month, but Karin Dreijer — who also released an album in 2009 under the name Fever Ray — said she doesn’t know what the future holds. She said, “When we finish the Knife’s last run in mid-November, I will start thinking about what is to come next!”
The Knife’s Final Tour
Oct. 31: Stockholm — Annexet
Nov. 1: Gothenburg — Film Studios
Nov. 3: Berlin — Arena
Nov. 5: Manchester — Academy
Nov. 6: London — Brixton Academy
Nov. 8: Reykjavik — Iceland Airwaves Festival
Watch the Knife’s Official Music Video for ‘Heartbeats’