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Re: Knifeworld news

Postby schlep » Tue Sep 08, 2009 13:55

The Knifeworld album is now available from Wayside if there's anyone in the states looking to save a couple of bucks..
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Knifeworld-Buried Alone: Tales of Crushing Defeat $17.00
Knifeworld is the long worked on solo project by Kavus Torabi, of Cadiacs, Guapo and Monsoon Bassoon. It's a very English, very modernly English progressive release - it's not filled with mellotrons and it doesn't sound like it's from the 70s, but it is full of good songs with great hooks and huge depth in terms of what he does with the song forms. If you like and appreciate Cardiacs, you'll definitely like this; although it doesn't sound anything like Cardiacs, it mines similar ground. Nicely done triple gatefold digi-pack, with Kavus doing his best "Space Ritual" imitation on the inside.
"Keen, pointy and distinctly shiny sharp, Knife World is the latest project of Kavus Torabi, current Cardiacs guitarist, Guapo member and one time of Monsoon Bassooner. As you might expect from someone who has spent a good deal of his time in bands that have drifted around the more esoteric edges of the music scene, Buried Alone… is a rather challenging and thoroughly endearing listen....Part of the appeal of Knife World comes with the ideas that are often thrown out seemingly at random throughout these songs before familiar motifs take the reigns again. It’s a trick employed by Cardiacs songwriter Tim Smith to great effect, and one that Torabi appears equally at home with. It could all seem a little too contrived and angular in lesser hands, but Torabi’s compositional skills are challenging and light of touch..."-thelineofbestfit.com [Believers Roast]
You can hear their music here: http://www.myspace.com/knifeworlduk
http://www.waysidemusic.com/ProductInfo ... =BRR%20002
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Re: Knifeworld news

Postby Batesy » Tue Sep 08, 2009 14:46

^ That's nice :D

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Postby alfinwecl » Thu Sep 10, 2009 15:50

schlep wrote:The Knifeworld album is now available from Wayside if there's anyone in the states looking to save a couple of bucks..


Nice. Sent that on to a couple of folks who've expressed an interest....

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Postby schlep » Wed Nov 10, 2010 14:57

brother abnego wrote:New WFMU interview with Kavus:

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2010/11/c ... ssoon.html


Would someone be so kind as to cutnpaste that in here? My home computer has died a ghastly porn-virus riddled death and work computer doesn't like the cut of WFMU's jib ("Access Denied Thoughtcrimes")!!
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Postby dogsetc. » Wed Nov 10, 2010 15:09

Checking Up with Kavus Torabi of Knifeworld, Cardiacs, the Monsoon Bassoon

Kavus Torabi must be a very busy man. Throughout the 90's he fronted the brilliant London based Monsoon Bassoon, and in the last decade split his time between the North Sea Radio Orchestra, Chrome Hoof, his own group Knifeworld, Guapo, and The Mediaeval Baebes... not to mention having a spot in the line-up of his childhood heroes, the unstoppable Cardiacs.

Sadly, Tim Smith, the leader of Cardiacs, suffered a stroke on June 25th, 2008, which has lead the band to go into an indefinite hiatus. A Tim Smith tribute album, Leader of the Starry Skies, is set for a November release on Torabi's label, Believers Roast, and will include performances from Knifeworld, Max Tundra, Andy Partridge of XTC, and Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson.

Kavus Torabi is still very active in performing music, however, fronting the awesome Knifeworld, whose Buried Alone: Tales of Crushing Defeat surely includes some of the coolest progressive-psychedelic-metal-pop-rock this side of Voivod.

I was able to interview Mr. Torabi about Knifeworld, Leader of the Starry Skies, and his race with Max Tundra via email. Check it out after the jump.


What was your involvement in the Tim Smith tribute album, Leader of the Starry Skies? Why did you decide to cover "The Stench of Honey"? What are your favorite pieces on the record?

Well, initially my involvement was recording "The Stench Of Honey". Bic, who was in the [Cardiacs] in the early Nineties, was organizing a big concert to raise money for Tim's care, but as the time came close to confirm the event, it became apparent that it would be a logistical nightmare (which is not to say that we won't be able to stage one in the future). Bic hit upon the idea of this album and spread the word to Tim's friends and favorite bands. We looked at a few labels to release it on but it seemed to make more sense that it came out on my label, Believers Roast, particularly as I was fairly involved in the thing anyway.

As for why Knifeworld did that song, well... it's so beautiful and for some reason gets a little overlooked. In the beginning of 2008, Tim and I were talking about what tunes to do in the set at the end of the year and I suggested that one, which the band had never played live before. Tim agreed it would be a good one to do. Obviously, with the awful events of June that year the tour never happened.

Earlier this year when we were talking about the big tribute gig Emmett, the keyboard player in Knifeworld, said "We've got to do Stench Of Honey" having no idea of the conversation I had with Tim a couple of years before. It seemed too much of a coincidence so I went with it. I probably would have done "Dergo" otherwise.

For me personally, I love the whole record. There's a couple that really do it for me but I won't say by who as most of the people involved are my friends. On a completely selfish note, I'm very excited about putting out an album on my label with Andy Partridge on it.

You've frequently discussed the influence of Canadian metal band Voivod in regards to your own music. How did you first get into them? What other metal groups have had an impact on you? Do you ever fear that the metal-influenced elements of your music may scare away the metalphobes who are nonetheless entranced by the other parts?

I got into Voivod around the time of their album Killing Technology. Compositionally, it's streets ahead of any other metal at that time or indeed most other rock music period. For me, they had an incredible run of four extraordinary albums starting with that one and ending with Angel Rat. Such a beautiful metamorphosis, my favorite is Nothingface but I love all of those four.

They were dreadful before that. I liked and like a lot metal in as much as I like a lot of Jazz and I like a lot of pop or avant-garde music, but I tend not to think of music in genres. The chords, structure, and lyrics on those albums have very little in common with most metal anyway. Usually genres say more about what the band look like. The actual 'style' that a music is played in which seems to govern what genre a group or artist falls into is far more superficial than the sort of modes or melodies they use which trigger a specific emotional response. Voivod (on those four albums) has far more in common with, say, Stravinsky or Beefheart than Metallica or Bon Jovi.

As for scaring away metalphobes, if anyone is scared by tunes because of genre and the associations it may have rather than the music itself, then good. They're clearly not interested in music.

You split your time between many groups: Knifeworld, Guapo, Chrome Hoof, The Mediaeval Baebes, Cardiacs, and several more. Is it difficult to split your allegiance to so many different groups? I take it you don't have much spare time...

It didn't used to be difficult but, to be honest, I was a little too busy on 'other peoples groups' this year and Knifeworld suffered, so I've recently quit the Hoof. I was only really a touring guitarist anyway.

The Mediaeval Baebes is a load of fun and just takes up small chunks of time for recording and touring. Guapo had a year off this year anyway and Cardiacs...well, Cardiacs has ceased to be as an active band anyway. I would never have taken on the Baebes or the Hoof if we were still up and running.

The thing is when you tend to play the kind of stuff I do, you need to play in a few bands just to make your rent. It's not uncommon, most of my musician friends play in two or three bands.

The Knifeworld album, Buried Alone- Tales of Crushing Defeat, was seven years in the making. Max Tundra's album Parallax Error Beheads You took a similar amount of time. Being frequent collaborators, was it strange having both of you working on these projects that were taking years to develop?

Yes, it became a bit of a joke with us at the end, we started treating it as a race. He won.

I wasn't working on my album exclusively. I started it in 2001, recorded the drums and all the basic tracks, then something would come along and I'd get sidetracked. I had two bands of my own, Miss Helsinki then later Authority, in the interim plus I joined Cardiacs then Guapo. I'd keep making a fresh start on it then it just felt like too much to take on so I'd chicken out.

By 2007, I realized it was getting fvcking ridiculous. Here was an album of songs I really liked that were getting to be a decade old and were not getting finished because I was too stupid or weak or something. I threw myself into a four month intense recording schedule where I basically didn't really see anyone and didn't shave. The four months turned into most of that year and I emerged with a completed album and a big beard. So dramatic.

I'm pleased with the results. It proved to me that I could make a record largely on my own, but the next album will be much better... The band are fantastic, the tunes are, I think, stronger and I know what I'm doing a lot more in terms of production. Buried Alone was a lot of trial and error, mainly error to begin with, I spent a lot of time re-recording parts that I'd done a few years earlier that weren't played brilliantly or weren't recorded well. I knew exactly how I wanted the thing to sound but didn't know how to get there at first. I'm as happy with that album as anything I've done though, eventually I got it sounding the way it had to. There's parts of it that are the best I've ever written. Working on songs that were by this time six or seven years old was quite strange... a bit like reading an old diary or something. I can't wait to start the next one all the songs are from the last couple of years I'm really 'vibed up' about it.

Speaking of Mr. Tundra, what is the group Admirals Hard that you were both involved with? The concept of a "sea-shanty supergroup" seems very appealing...

Admirals Hard was a terrific group. It consisted mainly, although not exclusively, of Plymothians (folks from Plymouth, a port city in the South West of England) was fronted by a Cornishman and featured three of The Monsoon Bassoon all of Stars in Battledress and a couple of honourary Plymothians, ie: Max Tundra and his sister Becky Jacobs (ed. of the band Tunng). We basically played traditional sea shanties and folk tunes segued with Iron Maiden instrumental passages in a pschedelic style. Lovely. Great to play and wonderful to be performing with a bunch of close friends.

Given the pedigree of the members it was a real thrill to play to audiences who really responded immediately and 'got' the music, and the gigs ended up being fairly rowdy. The music most of us generally play leaves audiences scratching their heads if they don't already know the stuff. We haven't done anything for a few years though. We were all living in London at the time but half the band have moved back to the South West now.

Do you have any plans to rerelease the music of The Monsoon Bassoon? I Dig Your Voodoo is one of those great albums that I feel never got the attention it deserved.

Thank you. I love that album, we put everything into it and the band was my entire life for about eight years so I'm so glad people still care about it. I think it's pretty unique stuff. With the exception of what I'm doing in Knifeworld I can't think of anything else that really sounds like it. A few people have asked me about re-releasing the stuff. I was speaking to the old manager of The Monsoon Bassoon very extensively on this subject just yesterday.

It looks like, including I Dig Your Voodoo, we have three albums' worth of studio material, you know... B-sides, singles, EPs and unreleased recordings plus about an album's worth of radio sessions, acoustic stuff, and pretty decent live recordings. I have my label Believers Roast now, so we'll need to talk about how we can approach it, whether to do a box set or what. As you no doubt know the market for CDs is in a strange old place at the moment so it's ultra risky with a relatively obscure band that split up nearly ten years ago and a small label with little budget... That said it was always the plan to get I Dig Your Voodoo back out there somehow.

So to answer the original question, yes.

Are there any groups or artists that are making music today that you are particularly fond of?


Yes, loads. I can never think who, though, when these sort of questions get asked. My favourite records from the last couple of years or so have been by Dominique Leone, Skeletons, Cheer Accident, Field Music, Cosa Brava, Yugen, Foetus, Extra Life, Magma, The Lionheart Brothers, Marnie Stern and Rob Crow. These are the first that popped into my head although not necessarily new bands, there's much more. I'm not one of those people that think music was better 'in the old days'.

What are your plans for the newest Knifeworld album? Who will be playing on it? When can we expect a release?

Well, we start rehearsing for it in a couple of weeks and begin recording in January. It's all written already. The personnel will be the full band this time, which, in addition to Khyam Allami on drums and Melanie Woods on singing who were on the first one, will be Emmett Elvin on keys, Craig Fortnam on bass and Chloe Herington on bassoon, sax and recorders. No doubt I'll pressgang a few others in on the action too.

As for a release date. I'd love it to come out next year... it certainly won't take another seven years, but I have an idea how I want the whole thing to sound and won't put it out until it's perfect. Luckily, I don't have a label badgering me for deadlines, so I have that luxury. There will almost certainly be a single or an EP out next year though.


What does Knifeworld's practice space look like?


Ha! I've actually almost finished building a small soundproofed studio in my garden where we'll be rehearsing initially and recording the bulk of the album, but I'll hire out a commercial premesis for the final rehearsals before recording. It would be too impractical to rehearse a full band with amps and drums etc in there.

It is no secret that you are particularly fond of Cardiacs, and it is often said of the group that those who like them LOVE them. Why do you think this is? What record do you think is the best first step into Tim Smith's catalog?

The main reason is probably because Tim Smith is a genius and I don't use that word flippantly. His music is just so singular and beautiful. It had a profound effect on me as a teenager, it was the main reason I moved to London and since then Tim Smith the person, as one of my closest friends, has had a profound effect on me so it's hard to be at all objective. My favourite album, if you were holding a gun to my head, would have to be On Land And In The Sea. Many people find Sing To God: Parts 1 and 2 as a good way in though.

Who knows, man. He hasn't written a bad song.

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Re: Knifeworld news

Postby schlep » Wed Nov 10, 2010 18:33

Nice - lots of respect and facetime for Bassoon and Knifeworld as well as Cardiacs, who everybody is sick of hearing about. :)
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Re: Knifeworld news

Postby schlep » Fri Feb 18, 2011 19:28

Everyone know about this?
Knifeworld will be performing an acoustic show with the full band at Ryans bar in Stoke Newington on Thursday 3rd March.
I would go but I have to be at the United States that evening. :(
Somebody record it! :|
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Re: Knifeworld news

Postby Batesy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 13:35

Come on Schlep, it's only £3 - show willing man! :D

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Postby Made Of Worms » Sat Apr 23, 2011 20:35

Just came across this somehow:

http://soundcloud.com/knifeworld/knifew ... rd-no-deal

:D Fair play for Dear Lord No Deal by the way. Edmonds-based wordplay in the face of existential pain = thumbs up from this Englishman.

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Postby steve adams » Sun Apr 24, 2011 01:29

get well soon tim smith !!!

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Re: Knifeworld news

Postby Funtycunk » Sun Apr 24, 2011 23:43

steve adams wrote:http://soundcloud.com/abadgeoffriendship/knifeworld-pilot-her
:D :D :D


I love the opening 'too many irons' salute! but what a beast of a two-and-three-quarter-minute tune!...the way it pushes its relentless and intense rhythm on and on...and on...and on and then flips the woodwind switch to change the topography. Bodes well for the e.p.

In other Knife World news: some lovely friends of mine are organising an all day music event near Ashbourne in Derbyshire around Solstice time. They've got some surprisingly interesting bands from the area lined up, augmented by 'your actual' KnifeWorld. Tickets be £15 which includes camping. There'll be real ales and barbecues and mental music and toilets and fields. It'll be like a micro-festival.

http://www.soundsfromnowhere.co.uk/

It's the sort of event that's clearly not been conceived as a money-making exercise, but there's been talk of donating any proceeds to our lovely Tim.

Come along why don't you.

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Postby Meenie » Mon Apr 25, 2011 14:22

If they are still looking for bands, my lot would be up for it.
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Postby Sterbus » Mon Jun 06, 2011 18:11

From Kavus fb page:

"L A T E S T:
Very limited edition signed and hand-numbered CDr can be pre-ordered NOW. Not available anywhere else.x"


http://www.thegenepool.co.uk/items/720.htm
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Postby Ady » Tue Jun 07, 2011 08:36

Sterbus wrote:From Kavus fb page:

"L A T E S T:
Very limited edition signed and hand-numbered CDr can be pre-ordered NOW. Not available anywhere else.x"


http://www.thegenepool.co.uk/items/720.htm



just ordered it good sir :D


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