Cairo Knife Fight – Your new favourite band?
It’s our sincere pleasure to bring you something wonderful, something that’s the musical equivalent of being brutally beaten around the head with a blunt instrument. It’s the music of the inventively-named Cairo Knife Fight.
Naturally for a band named after an Egyptian city, Cairo Knife Fight are actually from New Zealand, a country that is not known for its pyramids. Regardless of their heritage, this hairy duo rock. And they rock hard. The two gentlemen you see above are porn-tache wearer Nick Gaffaney (drums/vocals/bass keys) and guitarist/bandana aficionado Aaron Tokona. Describe their sound: It’s psychedelia with studded gloves. It’s those ethereal echoey vocals layered on top of a face-pummelling combination of punchy riffs and pounding percussion. And it’s the incredible fact that it’s just two people making all this noise. We love it!
Together, this potent pair issues forth pulsating guitar riffs illuminated with haunting vocals and phantasmal effects which have taken the stage alongside Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures and Queens of The Stone Age
Why should you care? Gaffaney and Tokona have steadily been growing their fanbase over the last two years. They released their second EP, simply titled II in August 2011. And they’ve shared the stage with such legendary acts as Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures and Queens of The Stone Age. If you like any of those three bands, it’s a guarantee you’ll love Cairo Knife Fight. Oh, and you just have to check out their extended 9-minute jams. These guys don’t write tunes for the pop charts!
What’s the buzz about them? First off, they’re hitting SXSW hard in 2012, their first appearance at the festival. We predict their hard as nails style is going to draw a strong following as America is exposed to their tunes for the first time.This quote from Milwaukee Magazine just about says it all:
Two-piece rock bands are always a trip to watch, especially when they can utilize multiple instruments simultaneously and loop tracks successfully to create a very non-two-piece sound. New Zealand’s own Cairo Knife Fight has already taken these talents to the stage performing with Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures and Queens of the Stone Age.
New Zealand’s Under The Radar says:
It is of no surprise that they opened for Them Crooked Vultures and Queens of the Stone Age… ‘II’s strength is that it tries a few different things and does them well without being overly complicated about it. The songs are never clouded by anybody being too precious or clever. Cairo Knife Fight appear to be on a mission and ‘II’ is just another clue about what that mission is.
Want to stalk Cairo Knife Fight online? Here ya go: start, as always with their official site, then move on to Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates from the band. And following that, you’ll want to check out their YouTube videos and Soundcloud material.