Austin, Music, Pop Culture

If You Love Depeche Mode and Joy Division, You’ll Love Austin-Based Band Knifight


You know that special moment when you randomly walk into a bar, completely unaware of what musical act is playing there that night, and as you’re ordering your drink, you hear the most transfixing music pouring in from the back? You make your way through the crowd and find yourself planted in front of a five-piece band creating a sound conglomeration of your favorite musicians: m83, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, INXS, any wonderfully moody synth music over the past three decades…

I’ll never forget that night at Cheer Up Charlie’s when I first saw the Austin-based Knifight.

We were scouting locations for our film Loves Her Gun (Cheer Up Charlie’s makes an appearance in it!), and we fell so in love with Knifight’s music, that we asked if we could use one of their songs in our movie. The song we used is one of my all-time favorite songs by anyone: “Girls Don’t Get Crushes”.

If you don’t fall in love with Knifight after listening to that song (and the others listed below from their first EP), you might have terrible taste in music.


Since that night, Knifight has grown to be a much beloved and popular band around Austin. I’ve seen their name pop up on festival lists and big venue shows and I can’t wait to see what they have in store next.

They’re currently running a Kickstarter campaign for their first full-length album “Dark Voices”. Though they’ve already surpassed their goal with 16 days still left to go, I highly recommend checking out their plans for the future and supporting their endeavors if you’re a fan of indie music. You’ll receive some neat perks like a signed hand-screened poster, digital downloads and vinyl.

Though there is a lot of amazing music coming out of Austin, my bet is that this is one to keep your eye out for on the national circuit.

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  • Reply Tyler September 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Lauren, my name is Tyler Coe. I work with Sparrowsongs Music, partly based out of Austin. One of our acts, Popular Culture, has also been compared to Joy Division (and Bauhaus). I would like to get a link to you so that you can hear the album. We have other artists but I feel you would really enjoy PC. Thank you.

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