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The Knife
The Knife
were a Swedish electronic music duo from Gothenburg
formed 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 Deep Cuts. 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
Fever Ray
in 2009, while Olof released several EPs as Oni Ayhun
Oni Ayhun
in late 2009 and early 2010. The Knife
The Knife
disbanded in November 2014 after releasing their acclaimed 2013 album Shaking the Habitual and completing its attendant tour.


1 History 2 Relationship with the media 3 Influences 4 Members' solo projects 5 Discography 6 Tours 7 Awards 8 Television and film uses 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Formed in Gothenburg
in 1999,[4][5] 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 Sony
in a commercial for BRAVIA
television sets, and released as a single in 2006. The group commented on this in a Dagens Nyheter
Dagens Nyheter
article, claiming that 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
The Knife
went on tour in 2006, and after selling out shows worldwide, a DVD
of the tour was announced. The 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.[6] In a September 2010 post on the official Fever Ray
Fever Ray
website, Karin stated that she and Olof "have started playing together again", hinting that new material may be on the way.[7] On 18 April 2011, as part of a post on their website concerning discrimination against Romani people
Romani people
in Europe, The Knife
The Knife
announced that they were recording a new album to be released in 2012.[8] In December 2012, it was confirmed that their next album would be titled Shaking the Habitual and would be released on 8 April 2013.[9][10] 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."[11] The album was supported by tour dates in Europe in 2013.[10] "Full of Fire" was released as the album's lead single on 28 January 2013,[12] for which a short film was directed by Stockholm and Berlin-based filmmaker and visual artist Marit Östberg.[13] After announcing their plans to play at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2014, The Knife
The Knife
also announced plans to tour North America during that time period.[14] 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.[15] In the duo's final interview, Karin told Dazed, "We don't have any obligations to continue, it should only and always be for fun."[16] The Knife
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[edit] The Knife
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 during Carnival. The Knife
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.[17] 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 2007, The Knife
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
Silent Shout
was named the best album of 2006 by Pitchfork.[18] 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. Influences[edit] In a 2006 interview with Pitchfork Media, The Knife
The Knife
cited David Lynch, Aki Kaurismäki, Korean cinema, Trailer Park Boys, Donnie Darko and Doom as inspirations for their work.[19] In addition, Karin named Sonic Youth, Kate Bush, Le Tigre
Le Tigre
and Siouxsie and the Banshees, while Olof cited techno, grime and Southern hip hop.[17] Members' solo projects[edit] In 2008, Karin announced that she would release a solo album under the name Fever Ray
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
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
Fever Ray
moniker or not[20] Olof performs as both DJ Coolof and Oni Ayhun. Discography[edit] Main article: The Knife
The Knife

The Knife
The Knife
(2001) Deep Cuts (2003) Silent Shout
Silent Shout
(2006) Tomorrow, In a Year
Tomorrow, In a Year
(with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock) (2010) Shaking the Habitual
Shaking the Habitual

Tours[edit] The Knife
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".[21]

Silent Shout
Silent Shout
Tour Shaking The Habitual Tour


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Year Awards Category

2003 Nöjesguiden's Stockholm Award Music Category[5]

Swedish Hit Music Awards Best Video for "Heartbeats"[5]

Swedish National Radio P3 Gold Group of the Year[5]

Grammis Pop Group of the Year[5]

2004 Manifest Awards Pop Rock[5]

Scandinavian Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) Song of the Year for "Heartbeats"

2006 Pitchfork Media Album of the Year

Manifest Awards Dance/House Techno
of the Year

Live Performers of the Year

2007 Swedish National Radio P3 Gold Group of the Year

Dance of the Year

Grammis Artist of the Year

Pop Album of the Year for Silent Shout

Songwriters of the Year

Pop Producers of the Year

Music- DVD
of the Year for Silent Shout: An Audiovisual Experience

Pop Group of the Year

SAMA Song of the Year for "Marble House"

Album of the Year for Silent Shout

2013 Nordic Music Prize Best Nordic Album of the Year for Shaking the Habitual[22]

Television and film uses[edit] 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 HBO
series Entourage.[23] The song was later used in an episode of the HBO
series 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.[24] The film premiered in the 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
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. See also[edit]

Honey Is Cool Fever Ray


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The Knife
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Reveal Release Date, Will Tour Next Year". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 14 December 2012.  ^ Martins, Chris (12 December 2012). "The Knife's New Album 'Shaking the Habitual' Due Spring 2013". Spín. Buzz Media. Retrieved 14 December 2012.  ^ "Full of Fire – Single av The Knife" (in Swedish). iTunes Store (SE). Apple. Retrieved 3 February 2013.  ^ Knight, David (30 January 2013). " The Knife
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External links[edit]

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at AllMusic " The Knife
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Carve Their Own Niche". Exclaim!. August 2006.  "Interview with Olof Dreijer
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and manager Eric Härle". HitQuarters. 2 February 2004. 

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The Knife

Karin Dreijer Olof Dreijer

Studio albums

The Knife Deep Cuts Silent Shout Tomorrow, in a Year
Tomorrow, in a Year
(with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock) Shaking the Habitual

Soundtrack albums

Hannah med H

Video albums

Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience

Remix albums

Shaken-Up Versions


"N.Y. Hotel" "Heartbeats" "You Take My Breath Away" "Pass This On" "Silent Shout" "Like a Pen" "Marble House" "We Share Our Mothers' Health"

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