Portland’s absolute finest LONG KNIFE are back and about to tour the east coast. This song and video totally rule. Let me mark the occasion with a republishing of my review of their stellar full-length:
LONG KNIFE - WILDERNESS
I’m not usually up for something so derivative, but holy mackerel, this has probably been my most-played LP of the year. It’s well-known that with age comes more and more adulation and release through listening to Poison Idea, so the chance to get more is exciting. Indeed, there is very nearly nothing else happening on this record but unabashed PI worship, but it pretty much outdoes the source material over and over - it’s a welcome addition to the pantry of negativity that I want to raid in a post-shift haze. For whatever reason, I believe that their Portland residency legitimizes the operation. Every song on this is relentless and crushing, but the hit among hits is “Ghost in the Hall” - wondrously memorable riff stylings, the appropriately (rarely) tasteful application of sparse palm-muting, blazing solo a la the ‘Official Bootleg’ version of “Plastic Bomb”. The singer has boiled the mimicry of Mr. A.’s poetic style down to a science, and hearing that voice with updated material is just heartwarming - “fast and furious CIA / has done more damage than the KKK”. It strikes me differently than a derivative LP of the No Wayve would’ve because it’s just so barreling and accomplished - like a greatest hits recycled into new songs, or moreso like their forefathers recorded only one LP between Pick Your King and Feel the Darkness. Extra points were awarded for the correct spelling of “Dawg” on the insert and an artistic direction that made think of the posters for Drive.