[photos by acidjack]
Survival Knife have a storied pedigree, having emerged in part from the remnants of the legendary ’90s post-hardcore band Unwound. Members Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno both hail from that band, and while Trosper’s voice and playing on Survival Knife’s first full-length, Loose Power, are hard to miss, Survival Knife feels very much like a distinct project. With Survival Knife, you can find the expected driving guitars and angsty post-punk vocals combined with a willingness to let things get proggy, such as on the extended “Heaven Has No Eyes” that closed the set.
We caught the band on the tail end of a whip through the East Coast, playing a free gig as part of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. I was excited to check the Bazaar out, having noticed its excellent booking for a while. I’m pleased to report that although the shows hosted here are very much part of a broader holiday food/shopping bazaar, the concert experience still feels very much like a concert experience, with the show going on in its own corner of the room with plenty of seating and floor space for a crowd. Despite the cold night the Knife brought out a good-size crowd, and delivered a set focusing mostly on their only full-length, but adding in some new stuff — “Thud of the Jackboot” and “Tropic of Chaos” — from their Survivalized tour-only EP. For those of us that mourned the passing of Unwound, seeing this next project swing into action is all the sweeter. Check them out the next time they’re around.
I recorded this set from inside the soundboard cage at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed that included the engineer, Kenny’s, mics at either side of the stage. While the venue design (not, after all, actually a concert hall) presents some challenges, the sound is overall quite good. Enjoy!
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Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn, NY USA
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Recorded and produced by acidjack
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01 Tropic of Chaos
02 Thud of the Jackboot
03 Gold Widow
05 Loose Power
07 Cut the Quick
10 Heaven Has No Eyes