Reviewed by Neph Basedow, Fri., Feb. 13, 2015
KnifightLive From the Good Music Club (The Good Music Club)
Audiovisual brainchild of videographer Richard Whymark and KUTX deejay Laurie Gallardo, the Good Music Club continues its wide-ranging recruitment of local talent for monthly concert tapings. Recorded live at the North Door, Austin quintet Knifight's November 2013 gig spurred this double-disc EP, the five-track CD accompanied by its high-quality DVD counterpart. Formed in 2002 as John Gable's solo IDM project, the leader relocated to Austin in 2010, fleshing a quintet. Crowd cheers open the 22-minute play, as opener "Dark Voices" unveils the group's signature shadowy post-punk, slinky bass lines anchoring keyboardist Patrick Marshall's industrial-streaked synth. The hoodie-clad frontman begins, "Dark voices in the night, I hear them calling," his lyrics and Brit-tinged baritone far more evocative of Joy Division's Ian Curtis than a Tyler native. "Right Way out of This" pays palpable homage to the solemner side of New Wave, channeling Depeche Mode. Full-length on the way, this quick EP teases precisely what the Good Music Club aims to produce.