“FURIOUS, EXCEPTIONALLY CRAFTED SPOKEN WORD POETRY IS BACKED BY A RIOTOUSLY EXPERIMENTAL SET” - THE SKINNY
The soundtrack to your favourite B-Moive.
A boiling pot of post-punk, free jazz and no-wave shot through a science fiction filter. The sound is evocative of a Hammer Horror or Lynchian soundtrack intended to be both enthralling and sinister. The drama of Slow Knife resides in the silence between the frantic, sparse, gloomy musical passages to a cacophony of jubilant song.
Imagine John Cooper Clarke and Tom Waits riding a bus to the 9th circle of hell, drinking bad wine and blasting the Marble Index on a shitty bluetooth speaker.
Too Late For The Past, the debut album by Slow Knife, co-produced by Alex Cook/ Slow Knife and their mentor Lydia Lunch, is out now on Fr33zehead Records.
Daniel John Tasker’s poetry draws from numerous influences including William Blake and Alexander Pope. His subject matter ranges from Ancient History to epistemological nihilism. Tasker recently released his first poetry volume entitled ‘Observations’.
Slow Knife use an array of weird and wonderful instruments to create a "bizarre and enchanting" sound. With harmonium, theremin, synths, various homemade electronic machines, saxophone, guitars, drum machines, bass pedals, samplers, and a home swinger (12 string homemade instrument with a pitch rod.
"Progeny of No Wave" - Lydia Lunch
"Mark E. Smith is dead, Slow Knife is not" - Lydia Lunch
"With the conviction of a preacher frontman Daniel Tasker delivers exceptionally crafted spoken word poetry. Furious vocals are backed by a riotously experimental set, which includes the elegant use of harmonium and devilish saxophone that expands on the deep sense of free-form jazz and lyricism this band cultivates; imagine a blend of R.E.M.'s political consciousness with the style and righteous madcap joy of Tom Waits and you may come close"- Hannah Clark, The Skinny
"An act true to the alternative, Slow Knife fire out a music erratic and unstopped, fusing jazz and punk through a science fiction filter to create a bass-driven creature that would make Jez Kerr and A Certain Ratio grin"
- Will Wolstenholm, Bitter Sweet Symphonies
"Like if Mark E. Smith joined the Occult & soundtracked Pagan Hammer Horror films with a jazz ensemble"- SPINE, Liverpool
“Their live shows are enchanting and bizarre” - Louder than War