By far one of Oxford’s best exports in the last ten years, Young Knives are back in Oxford tomorrow, for a raucous (we hope) set at the O2 Academy. After an astounding headline slot at Truck Store for Independent Record Store day, where those who persevered with the sweatier-than-was-healthy makeshift venue were treated to a typically energised set of familiar and new material, lifted from their latest album, Ornaments from the Silver Arcade.
Seemingly impervious to the ups and downs of being in an indie band, Young Knives seem to have settled into their role of acclaimed cult heroes, after flirting with a spot as the mainstream’s awkward outsider. Being genuinely unusual whilst promoting new music is always an ambitious task, but as this date at O2 Academy proves, they are not short of fans willing to come out and get down to their shamelessly English brand of new-wave.
With support from spiky young punkers The Neat and tickets for just a tenner, this is a chance to see one of Oxford’s best home-grown talents, doing what they do best; owning a stage that should be, if their album sales are anything to go by, far too big for them. Good job album sales mean nothing to music-fans of Oxford then.