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It's our ripest Album yet. It's SICK OCTAVE and its both very cool and very unwell.
It's our ripest Album yet. It's SICK OCTAVE and its both very cool and very unwell.
413 backers pledged £12,135 to help bring this project to life.

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OUR BEST ALBUM EVER...

YEAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOO. We've done it! We've made another Young Knives record... We've been toiling away in our little practice space which you can see in the super moody video we shot up at the top.⇑

*UPDATE*

We've made it past our target!

Thanks to everyone involved. To celebrate we are going to have a party! This will also be the launch party for the release of the 'Oh Happiness' EP.

Where: Buffallo Bar, Highbury, London

When: 26th June

There are only 150 tickets available so get involved and it is only available until Wed 22nd on Kickstarter. After that if there are any spaces left they will go on general release at £12 plus booking fee.

I know you don't all live in London but we will of course be adding more dates to the diary dead soon.

We have added a new tier but as existing backers you can just up your pledge by £10 and send us an email: kickstarter@young-knives.com with your name. If you want more than 1 ticket up your pledge by the correct amount and email us your list of names. There will be no physical ticket sent to you but your names will be on the door.

Cheers Henry x

A classic three
A classic three

In fact we are pretty pleased to be announcing the release of two new records in 2013. An EP in June called 'OH HAPPINESS' and a full album 'SICK OCTAVE' in September.

NEW!!!!! FREE DOWNLOAD.

Free download of gnarly new song Reproduction. This is the first track from our 'Oh Happiness' EP released in June:

We are working with some righteous chicks and dudes at Kickstarter to bring these records out because, well, its much more fun to do it yourself. We also wanted to be free of record labels and producers making decisions about our music. For some reason when you are working with record labels it’s an assumption that you book into a £500 per day studio and a producer tells you what is wrong with your music and makes it better for you. I know it’s a cliché but after these sessions we have always felt there was no good reason why we couldn’t have done it ourselves like we always used to do. Expensive microphones do sound nice but they don’t make music more exciting, that’s all down to the people making it so we bought an old desk off ebay and a few mics and started recording. Its so much more fun and you can hear it in the tracks.

This is a completely undiluted Young Knives record.

check out our nice Gadzook logo. imagine it on a t-shirt. cool huh?
check out our nice Gadzook logo. imagine it on a t-shirt. cool huh?

If your reading this it is probably because you care about music too so think of the Kickstarter like caring about the provenance of your food except without all the banging on and hiked up prices. And of course this isn't swanky food, this is more like Skips and cheap Cider. So it's a bit like getting really good Skips from the Skips farmer. I don't know what Skips are made of but this guy grows them really well. The analogy doesn't really work but it just means you won't be buying this record in whatever the equivalent of Tesco's is for music (it's Tesco's isn't it), you'll be getting it straight from the backwater slaughterhouse, freshly murdered in unsanitary conditions.

Jamie Fullerton, features editor at the NME said that our record is brilliant and he only heard the demos, cheers Jamie:

"Some of it sounds like Kraftwerk. Some of it sounds like a late 1990s computer games console being forced into a food processor. Some of sounds like experimental Blur. Some of it sounds like The Fall. Some of those riffs do sound a bit like Gang Of Four still, actually. It’s the most intriguing, dark, out there yet still instantly lapel-gripping music the band has ever created. Young Knives under the bed sheets." 

The great thing for us is being able to make whatever record we want and we know you want us to be artistically free. We are pretty suggestible people so being involved with the shiny grime of the music industry has sometimes pushed us in completely the wrong direction. Doing our record through Kickstarter means that we can afford to hire in a wicked mixer (David Wrench, who did that Caribou record and Is Tropical and a whole host of cool records) but also get as crazy as we want on the record. Lots of the record is now finished in terms of the actual recording but we have to now mix, master and package the record in the bestest possible way. This is where you come in and we give you super rewards for your efforts.

We want you to be involved in our evolution. We've put together a nice scale of rewards from £1 to £5,000. If anyone goes for the £5,000 I'll do a rudie. We want you to pre order our records in whatever format you feel like with what ever sexy extras you want and we promise we will deliver an exciting, no holes barred Young Knives record that is not crap.

We are also going to be adding videos and updates as we continue the recording process. Also watch out for free downloads...

THE REWARDS

MUSIC

Obviously the main reason for all of this is the music and we are offering everything you can think of. The EP "OH HAPPINESS" will be coming out in June and the Album "SICK OCTAVE" will be in September on the format of your choice. If you order the Vinyl Album you can get a Kickstarter only limited edition picture disk. Watch this space for the artwork to be revealed. We are also slipping a digital copy of our first self released record in 'NOLENS VOLENS' which has early versions of tracks from 'VOICES OF ANIMALS AND MEN' like Weekends and Bleakdays, The Decision and In the Pink.

T-SHIRT

A kick starter only t-shirt designed by me (Henry) that is RAD.

Exclusive Kickstarter only Tshirt
Exclusive Kickstarter only Tshirt

SYNTH

We are particularly proud of our Sick Octave Synth. This is a dirty little sound maker that no-one will be able to keep their hands off. It's designed and made by us, it's hand painted, it's all over the new record and there are only 200 available, thats it, when they are gone they are gone.

Sick Octave Synth in unique hand painted colours
Sick Octave Synth in unique hand painted colours

Check out this video of the house of Lords laying down a blistering synth solo with sick octave no.1 of 200. How does he do it?

THE FAMILY SILVER

We are selling off some excellent YK one-off Memorabilia. drum skins, stage backdrops etc... Perhaps some of this would look nice on your wall. Check them out:

Family Jewels
Family Jewels

YOUR FACE IN THE ALBUM.

by chosing  THE BOOK OF THE SICK option your becoming a exective producer on the album. Your face appears in the middle of the gatefold vinyl and in the CD booklet.

BIG MONEY PRIZE

These are really only for the seriously rich and obsessive super fans. We decided against the YOUNG KNIVES FANTASY VIDEO TAPE which really meant compromising our integrity a little too much but why not INVEST in the YOUNG KNIVES WEDDING BAND or STAR IN A VIDEO...

Keep in touch with us on facebook or twitter if you have questions or ideas for other things we can offer. We will consider any cool ideas. We are booking shows for the end of the summer so the album tour will be on so keep your eyes peeled for dates. And most of all thank you!

live
live

Peace OUT.

Henry xx

Risks and challenges

Things never go completely smoothly and we want to make sure that we don't mess any of our bestest fans about so we will always offer money back in the very unlikely event that we cannot fulfil your order. There are some rewards that may require specific dates being arranged with you and we know that things like that can be hard to coordinate. Always email us before at kickstarter@young-knives.com if you have any questions about what you are buying.

Also if the bundle you want isn't there just email us and if we can do it we will give you a special price.

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FAQ

  • Everyone will be getting download links as they happen through the Kickstarter messages we send out. Make sure to check the project update emails as they come in.

    After this project ends, sometime after May 22nd, you'll be getting a survey message from us through Kickstarter. We'll ask you for your address and T-Shirt size if applicable. Copies of the 'OH HAPPINESS' EP Will ship in June and Everything Else will ship in August.

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  • We have to put a blanket amount for International postage and it should cover the majority of orders. In the event that the postage we have charged does not cover the cost to your location we will contact you to let you know the extra cost.

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  • We will be sending you a survey email through kickstarter after the end date to get you tshirt size and postal address, If you want your stuff signed just let us know and we'll ruin you're pristine goods with our worthless scribbles.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.52

    Thanks! You'll get a high quality download of the "Maureen” single and B-side to be released in June.

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    [DIGITAL DOWNLOAD plus] - MP3 download of the "SICK OCTAVE" album with artwork PDF + download of the "OH HAPPINESS" EP + any singles and B-sides that come out up through October

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    [SICK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD] - High Quality FLAC or WAV download of the "SICK OCTAVE" album with artwork PDF + download of the "OH HAPPINESS" EP + any singles and B-sides that come out up through October. Plus exclusive download of “Nolens Volens” the bands self released 2002 CD including early recordings of Weekends and Bleakdays (Hot Summer) and The Decision.

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    GIG - *NEW* Gig tier.

    Exclusive Kickstarter offer to celebrate reaching our target and the launch of 'OH HAPPINESS' EP.

    Come and get a sneak preview of some new material and join us for a party.

    Where: Buffallo Bar, Highgate, London

    When: 26th June

    There are only 150 tickets available. If you want more than one please email the amount and names to us at kickstarter@young-knives.com.

    If you want to add a gig ticket to an existing pledge please increase your pledge by £10 per ticket and email us with your names. There will be no physical ticket sent to you but your names will be on the door.

    Sorry it's only in London but obviously we will be announcing more dates very soon.

    Cheers
    Henry

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    [CD] - CD of the "SICK OCTAVE" album with artwork PDF + download of the "OH HAPPINESS" EP + any singles and B-sides that come out up through October. Plus exclusive download of “Nolens Volens” the bands self released 2002 CD including early recordings of Weekends and Bleakdays (Hot Summer) and The Decision. Plus set (3) of Sick Octave vinyl stickers.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $38

    [SICK VINYL] - LP of 'SICK OCTAVE' album. Plus set (3) of Sick Octave vinyl stickers. Plus everything from the "SICK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD" tier.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $46

    [SICK TSHIRT + DOWNLOAD] - Kickstarter only limited edition Tshirt Black on white (see image in the main description). We will email you for your size. Plus everything in the SICK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD tier and set (3) of Sick Octave vinyl stickers.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $61

    [TOTALLY SICK VINYL] - Backer exclusive PICTURE DISC LP Full-color gatefold of 'SICK OCTAVE' album + 12" Vinyl copy of 'OH HAPPINESS' EP. Plus set (3) of Sick Octave vinyl stickers. Plus everything from the "SICK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD" tier.
    Add £10 to also get a copy of the CD.

    You will get 2 different deliveries: One for the release of the 'OH HAPPINESS' EP in June 2013 and then everything else with the Album in September 2013. So we have charged a bit more to cover 2 lots of postage.

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    [HOUSE OF LORDS MYSTICAL IPOD SHUFFLE MIX TAPE]
    A super limited mix on i-pod shuffle containing a randomly shifting soundscape of music, self-help, poetry and sound ephemera. Great to listen to in the bath or after making love. Listen on your own or drunk
    with friends.
    You also get everything from the SICK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD and set (3) of Sick Octave vinyl stickers.

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    [SICK OCTAVE SYNTH] - Jean Michelle Fucking Jarre! This is the tier you want. A hand made, one of a kind, never to be repeated, noise mangler! These exclusive handmade synths are the bomb, you wont be able to help twiddling. These sounds are all over the record. Check out the video for some serving suggestions for this dirty little mother. You also get everything in the SICK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD tier and the set of 3 Vinyl stickers.

    Add £15 to also get a copy of the CD.
    Add £25 add everything in the TOTALLY SICK VlNLY Tier. (album and EP)

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    [Romantic Mix Tape Kick Skin] - Awesome one off Kick skin painted by the band plus everything in the SICK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.
    We can deliver this to you in May and the Album later.

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    [2 YEAR GUEST-LIST] - free entry to any Young Knives gigs, for you and a friend, for the next 2 years or until the band split due to musical differences and arguments over royalties. This offer then extends to all middle of the road solo projects thereafter. Does not include festivals. This comes with everything in the {TOTALLY SICK VINYL + CD] tier.

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    [BOOK OF THE SICK] - Your picture in the Gatefold Vinyl Album. Send us a passport photo of yourselves and you will appear full size in the gatefold of the Sick Octave Album. This is not a Kickstarter only release; this will be the full vinyl release of Sick Octave. All the pictures will also be in the CD booklet. If you send us your pic you agree that we can do what we like with it, you will be able to see that it is you though we promise. Plus everything in the TOTALLY SICK VINYL tier.
    You can buy this for someone else but you need to have their permission for us to use an image of them.

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    [Terra Firma Artwork Rabbit and Snake Kick Skin] - Awesome one off Kick skin from our second album plus everything in the SICK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.
    We can deliver this to you in May and the Album later.

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    [Feed The Human Nature Kick Skin] - Awesome one off Kick skin from our first album plus everything in the SICK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.
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    [VOICES OF ANIMALS AND MEN STAGE DRAPES] - we had these drapes of a man dressed in rags and the Wittlesea Straw bear behind us on stage for a long time. They smell like gigs. we can send you this now and all the stuff in the TOTALLY SICK VINYL + CD tier at the later album release date.

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    Pledge £300 or more About $457

    [MAKE A VIDEO] - Lets make a video together. We'll find a day that suits everyone involved. You come and meet us and we can make a pop video for a single. You will star in it and get fed food and served with drinks. We wont make you do anything you will regret forever.

    You also get a copy of the video as a momento and everything in the CD tier.

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    [SIGNED BURNS JET SONIC GUITAR] -
    This crazy looking guitar plus everything in the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD bracket plus set of 3 Vinyl stickers.

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    [WEDDING BAND] - Almost every week we will receive a facebook request to play a wedding. We don't do weddings. However for one time only we will come and play 30 minutes of music at your wedding or other party. You pick the set list. Angels by Robbie, Coldplay, Elbow, Bonnie Tyler, Meatloaf... The choice is yours. Make your special day extra special by watching your favourite band in a world of musical pain as they dutifully plough through some Celine Dion shit just for you.

    This offer is limited to UK only.

    You also get everything in the TOTALLY SICK VINYL + CD tier.

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