Three is an important number for Knife the Symphony. The Post Hardcore band’s three members — guitarist Jeff Albers (ex-Ampline), bassist Robyn Roth, drummer Jerry Dirr (both ex-Theraphosa) — assembled three years ago and are currently preparing to release their third album, the visceral yet nuanced Dead Tongues.
The past three years have been a relative whirlwind for KTS. The trio has managed to play upwards of 150 local/regional shows to date while maintaining day jobs and outside activities (including Dirr’s label responsibilities and Roth’s gorgeous artwork, suitable for framing or toeflips; she paints exquisite images on paper, skateboard decks and skin).
Dead Tongues didn’t evolve differently from the band’s previous releases (2007’s eponymous debut, 2008’s Crawler). The band notes that the new one, still influenced by the Dischord/Touch & Go Indie/Punk/Hardcore scene of the ’80s and ’90s, could be seen as a blend of the first two. That doesn’t mean that KTS takes the process for granted after three years together.
The single most important aspect to Knife the Symphony’s success is the fact that all three members share a vigorous work ethic and are driven to move forward in all phases of their creative lives.
They celebrate the release of their new album at the Bike Haus. Get show details and read a full interview with the band here.