The Knife were a Swedish electronic music duo from
in 1999. The group consisted of siblings Karin and Olof Dreijer, who
together also run their own record company, Rabid Records. The group
gained a large international following in response to their 2003 album
The duo's first tour took place in 2006, along with the release of
their critically acclaimed album Silent Shout. They have won a number
of Swedish Grammis, but refuse to attend awards ceremonies. They have
appeared in public wearing Venetian masks. Karin released a solo album
under the name
Fever Ray in 2009, while Olof released several EPs as
Oni Ayhun in late 2009 and early 2010.
The Knife disbanded in November
2014 after releasing their acclaimed 2013 album Shaking the Habitual
and completing its attendant tour.
2 Relationship with the media
4 Members' solo projects
8 Television and film uses
9 See also
11 External links
Gothenburg in 1999, amidst the deterioration of
Karin's former group Honey Is Cool, the group perhaps gained stronger
international recognition when José González covered their song
"Heartbeats" on his 2003 album, Veneer. The cover was used by
a commercial for
BRAVIA television sets, and released as a single in
2006. The group commented on this in a
Dagens Nyheter article,
Sony paid a large sum of money to use the song. Despite
the group's anti-commercial views, they justified the transaction by
citing their need for money to establish a record company.
Having never before performed live,
The Knife went on tour in 2006,
and after selling out shows worldwide, a
DVD of the tour was
DVD was released in Sweden on 8 November 2006, and is
titled Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience.
On 4 August 2009, the band announced that, in collaboration with Mt.
Sims and Planningtorock, they would be writing an opera for the Danish
performance group Hotel Pro Forma. The opera, titled Tomorrow, In a
Year, is based on Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. In
January 2010, the band announced that they would release a studio
version on 1 March.
In a September 2010 post on the official
Fever Ray website, Karin
stated that she and Olof "have started playing together again",
hinting that new material may be on the way. On 18 April 2011, as
part of a post on their website concerning discrimination against
Romani people in Europe,
The Knife announced that they were recording
a new album to be released in 2012. In December 2012, it was
confirmed that their next album would be titled Shaking the Habitual
and would be released on 8 April 2013. The duo posted a teaser
trailer for the album on their YouTube account with the message:
"Music can be so meaningless. We had to find lust. We asked our
friends and lovers to help us." The album was supported by tour
dates in Europe in 2013. "Full of Fire" was released as the
album's lead single on 28 January 2013, for which a short film was
directed by Stockholm and Berlin-based filmmaker and visual artist
After announcing their plans to play at Coachella Valley Music and
Arts Festival in April 2014,
The Knife also announced plans to tour
North America during that time period. On 21 August 2014, The
Knife announced that the duo would disband following the final six
dates of their
Shaking the Habitual
Shaking the Habitual Show Tour from 31 October to 8
November 2014. In the duo's final interview, Karin told Dazed, "We
don't have any obligations to continue, it should only and always be
The Knife played their final show, entitled "Post-Colonial Gender
Politics Come First, Music Comes Second", on November 8, 2014 at the
Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Relationship with the media
The Knife rarely cooperate with the media or the mainstream music
scene. Until 2005, they did not perform live concerts. The group
rarely makes public appearances; most of their promotional photos
feature the members wearing masks with birds' beaks, similar to the
traditional Venetian Medico Della Peste (plague doctor) masks worn
The Knife won the Swedish
Grammis award for Pop Group of the Year in
2003, but they boycotted the ceremony by sending two representatives
of the Guerrilla Girls, with the number 50 written on their costumes,
as a protest against male dominance in the music industry. Their
album Deep Cuts was also nominated for the best record of the year,
although that award went to The Cardigans. At the
Grammis awards in
The Knife won in all six categories that they were nominated in:
Composer of the Year, Music
DVD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Pop
Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. Again,
they did not attend the award ceremony. On another occasion, they did
not come to collect the award but sent a manipulated video that
muffled their voices and made them look very elderly.
Silent Shout was named the best album of 2006 by Pitchfork. The
song "We Share Our Mothers' Health" from the album was made available
for free as the iTunes Store's Single of the Week in late 2006.
In a 2006 interview with Pitchfork Media,
The Knife cited David Lynch,
Aki Kaurismäki, Korean cinema, Trailer Park Boys,
Donnie Darko and
Doom as inspirations for their work. In addition, Karin named
Sonic Youth, Kate Bush,
Le Tigre and Siouxsie and the Banshees, while
Olof cited techno, grime and Southern hip hop.
Members' solo projects
In 2008, Karin announced that she would release a solo album under the
Fever Ray in March 2009. The eponymous album was digitally
released in advance of this date. The single "If I Had a Heart" was
featured in a 2011 episode of Breaking Bad and in the 2013 film Horns,
is the opening theme of the Canadian-Irish historical drama television
series Vikings, and is the opening of the movie
Laurence Anyways by
Quebec director Xavier Dolan, who also used Karin's song "Keep the
Streets Empty For Me" in his movie Les Amours Imaginaires. In a 2016
interview with The Fader, Karin related that she is currently working
on more solo music, though is quoted as saying she is "unsure" if it
will be under the
Fever Ray moniker or not
Olof performs as both DJ Coolof and Oni Ayhun.
The Knife discography
The Knife (2001)
Deep Cuts (2003)
Silent Shout (2006)
Tomorrow, In a Year
Tomorrow, In a Year (with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock) (2010)
Shaking the Habitual
Shaking the Habitual (2013)
The Knife initially did not play live shows, until 8 February 2005
when they played a show at the
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Institute of Contemporary Arts in
London consisting of a screening of When I Found the Knife by Andreas
Nilsson and performances of "Heartbeats", "You Take My Breath Away"
and "You Make Me Like Charity".
Silent Shout Tour
Shaking The Habitual Tour
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Nöjesguiden's Stockholm Award
Swedish Hit Music Awards
Best Video for "Heartbeats"
Swedish National Radio P3 Gold
Group of the Year
Pop Group of the Year
Scandinavian Alternative Music Awards (SAMA)
Song of the Year for "Heartbeats"
Album of the Year
Techno of the Year
Live Performers of the Year
Swedish National Radio P3 Gold
Group of the Year
Dance of the Year
Artist of the Year
Pop Album of the Year for Silent Shout
Songwriters of the Year
Pop Producers of the Year
DVD of the Year for Silent Shout: An Audiovisual Experience
Pop Group of the Year
Song of the Year for "Marble House"
Album of the Year for Silent Shout
Nordic Music Prize
Best Nordic Album of the Year for Shaking the Habitual
Television and film uses
The song "We Share Our Mothers' Health" featured in the ABC series
Ugly Betty, as well as an episode of CSI: NY. In August 2007,
"Heartbeats" was featured in an episode of the
Entourage. The song was later used in an episode of the
Girls. The song "Wrap Your Arms Around Me" from their 2013 album was
used in the closing scene and credits of episode 9 of the 2017 season
of the Hulu series Handmaid's Tale.
Their song "Pass This On" was used in the 2010 drama film Les amours
imaginaires by Quebec director Xavier Dolan. The film premiered in
Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. "Pass
This On" was also used in the 2011 drama Elles by Polish director
Małgorzata Szumowska and in the 2013 thriller Magic Magic by Chilean
director Sebastián Silva, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film
Festival and opens with Canadian actor
Michael Cera singing along to
the song. The documentary film
The Jeffrey Dahmer Files
The Jeffrey Dahmer Files used the song
"Still Light" during the closing credits.
Honey Is Cool
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