Cairo Knife Fight
Cairo Knife Fight II


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
March 31st, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Excellent music from New Zealand.

Cairo Knife Fight are a New Zealand duo that blast groovy, stoner influenced, hard rock in a more or less Queens Of The Stone Age meets Led Zeppelin manner. So far, the band has released two EPs, Cairo Knife Fight II being more developed and definitory of their sound than the self-titled debut . Both guitarist Aaron Tokona and drummer Nick Gaffaney loop their instruments to achieve a fuller sound by overdubbing guitar layers or adding keyboards, respectively. This is one of those bands that blows you away live, having more impact than listening to them at home. Nevertheless, this EP has a lot to offer in its 24-minute span.

Opener "The Violence Of Action" starts with a looped riff churning for two minutes, when it suddenly breaks into a massive groovy hook. Clocking at over 8 minutes long, the track features several feedback detours and mood changes keeping the listener connected. Rob's malleable voice goes from falsetto akin to Josh Homme, maybe even higher sometimes to a lower octave really suiting the song (and the others too). The entire song can be reduced lyrically to the chorus that says "no one gives a damn what you want", and the music only adds to that. While "The Violence Of Action" is definitely a grower, thus being harder to digest on a first listen, second track and first single, "The Origin Of Slaves", might be the catchiest and most radio-friendly song here. The track features both members singing greatly shifting vocals timbres from verses to choruses. Again featuring to-the-point grooves, "The Origin Of Slaves", starts with an industrial influence from the processed beats and bass synths to a straightforward ripping finale, while maintaining a guitar-heavy sound. Their whole music revolves around a massive wall of looped guitars.

Third song, "The Opiate Of The Living", which musically reflects the title has a mid-tempo, almost eerie sound. Nick Gaffaney's voice takes a more desperate yet restrained sound, giving way to the guitars to carry the whole song towards the end fusing with a nice, psychedelic synth. The last two minutes of the song feature a reversed delay taking over, while the drums and the other guitar layers slowly fade out. The last track, "The Secrets Of Sin", is a raw fuzz drenched number that features a lot of twists and turns over the course of its 4 and a half minutes, but it sounds rather confusing at times, going several directions, only to return to the main groove towards the end. Still, it's not a bad song and it doesn't drag the EP down at all.

Unfortunately, being only a EP there's not enough material to get your fix on, but what is found here will make you put Cairo Knife Fight II on repeat. A great start for Cairo Knife Fight and any fan of hard rock should give this a spin.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2012


3445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Totally hooked on this band now.
The Violence Of Action (edited official video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ldo7Nh2iOQ
The Origin Of Slaves (official video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-fd5qcRjtE&feature=relmfu
The Opiate Of The Living (live at Sundae Sessions) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IkSEcCHAwE
The Violence Of Action (live at Sundae Sessions) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNSs_rWf9do&feature=relmfu
The Secrets Of Sin (live at Sundae Sessions) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJZzzEXWFEs&feature=relmfu

Digging: Mark Lanegan - Phantom Radio

greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2012


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They sound cool for sure. Good review!

Digging: Dope Body - Lifer

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2012


3445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Greg! I'm trying to bring more attention over this band, they're so bad ass cool.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2012


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The stream is available here:

http://soundcloud.com/cairo-knife-fight

I'm tracing Jane's Addiction vibe all over it.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2012


3445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't thought of Jane's Addiction when listening to them, hmm, which album of theirs do you find closer to this ? My guess is one of their earlier stuff cause The Great Escape Artist is different.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
March 31st 2012


1477 Comments


Holy shit. Someone reviewed Cairo Knife Fight. Pos.

These guys are awesome live.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2012


3445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks! these guys are so good, I wanted to promote them on Sputnik. I'd really want to see them live.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2012


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think they come up with similar vocal harmonies to Perry Farrell's. Also, there's vaguely similar vibe to their music. It's kind of stoner rock version of Jane's Addiction for me. Interesting stuff.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2012


3445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think they do sound a bit better than Farrell (his earlier vocals) as he'd sometimes be off key or really annoying.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2012


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've never found him annoying to tbh. This is solid. They should've released the full LP by now. I'm not really into this 'let's release only EPs thing' at all. I know that some other excellent stoner bands do it for some reason too. Valley of the Sun, for example.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2012


3445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This EP thing has started to become a trend lately and it is okay as a band when you are at the
beginning, but going like that for years is a lazy move. Right now these guys are touring around
Australia, maybe over the summer they will put out something.

I haven't listened to Valley Of The Sun, there are so many stoner/hard rock bands out there that I
still have to listen, it's overwhelming. I checked them on Youtube and they seem cool, I'll download
The Saying Of The Seers tomorrow.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2012


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It turns out I like it more than I initially thought. Great EP!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2012


3445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, I'm glad to hear that. The songs are really catchy, The Origin Of Slaves was on repeat for several days before I found the whole EP.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2012


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm curious what they're going to do on their full length or the next EP. They have great potential.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2012


3445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So far, I haven't heard any news on their full length. I just hope they won't stick to EPs only.



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