KNIFEY was formed in 2016 by like-minded pals, Phil Linton and Max Trinz in downtown Toronto. The duo bonded over mind-numbing 9-5s, gluttonous weekend binges, and a revolving door of failed relationships. Together, they created beached, an eight song LP paying tribute to surfey punk and fast-paced guitar riffs. With it’s angst-driven lyrics and poppy basslines, beached, found streaming success on Spotify, with playlist adds such as “New Punk Tracks,” as well as press coverage. Their single Serf was featured on Indie 88’s ‘Your First Listen’ and it’s music video was featured on Altpress.
Following their debut, KNIFEY began playing frequently in Toronto and across southern Ontario supporting established acts such as Pkew Pkew Pkew, New Swears, and The Penske File. In 2017, KNIFEY met with Nixon Boyd (Hollderado), brimming with new demos. Together, they created a cohesive body of work – an 11-song LP, sleepwalker.
In broadest terms, sleepwalker is a window into recovery. The album title refers to the stark realization that many of us have been wandering half-consciously through our lives: we’ve been drinking too much, looking at our phones too often, and taking the important thing – friend, family and health – for granted. Songs like Wasted and Ask You focus on the struggle to live better, more meaningful life after years of hard living in the city. Ultimately, it’s the highs and lows of that pursuit of the well-balanced life that is at the core of the album.
KNIFEY will be releasing the first singles from sleepwalker, shallow/drugged on May 3rd.
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