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Knife Wife - Family Party EP Music Album Reviews

The Washington, D.C. trio make visceral, minimal punk that’s as stripped down as a roadkill carcass, and almost as gross.

Knife Wife’s music is not for the fainthearted. The Washington, D.C. trio make visceral, minimal punk that’s as stripped down as a roadkill carcass. Billed as the “diary of a teenybopper translated and recited by freaks,” their new EP Family Party envisions a teenage brain where boredom and escapism fuel macabre nightmares. Balancing unsettling lyricism and uncomplicated instrumentation, their thrumming basslines and crusty drum hits form the backdrop for ruminations on licking strangers and euthanizing friends. Much like being a teenager, it’s strange and weird and sometimes scary.

Across 10 tracks, band members Sami Cola, Nico Castleman, and Ruby Parrish rotate through guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Though their lyrics are hard to swallow, their compositions are solemn, rudimentary chord progressions that pile each instrument on top of the others. The ominous bass and breathy sighs of “Dogs” recall the seductive rock of LA’s Cherry Glazerr. Sometimes the band’s eerie, crawling guitars resemble a lo-fi version of the xx’s haunted minimalism. “Fruity Void” drops the standard rock band arrangement in favor of a surreal synth wormhole. This is music for rousing the darkest corners of the psyche and embracing abjection.

Like the films of Harmony Korine, Family Party goes out of its way to indulge its creators’ peculiar desires and demented fantasies. The earliest tracks explore infatuation turned to poisonous obsession: “Cut up photos of you and glue it in my eyelids,” goes the first verse of “Dreamland.” “Silly Pony,” the best-conceived track, pairs a single plucked guitar string against Parrish’s exhausted vocals. “You fucked my dogma,” she sings, the syllables barely escaping her throat. “I’ll collect your used Band-Aids/Until my infatuation fades.” During the chorus, her voice sounds like it’s traveling through a playground talk tube. There’s no affection, just a deranged search for validation.

Family Party is dotted with mentions of sickness, reminders of the human body’s frailty and mortality. Parrish uses morbidity to manipulate: “If I told you I was croaking, would you love me back?” she ponders on “Silly Pony.” On “The Dentist,” Castleman recalls the pleasures of a day spent hallucinating on nitrous. “God, I love this auto-immune disease,” they sing flatly. They’re hyper-aware of their body, but the lyrics spiral into abstraction; the mind on nitrous is hard to access. “Lobe” takes a darker turn, commanding listeners to “euthanize your friends” so Castleman can “snip off their lips.” “Feed me probiotics/I don’t wanna be sick,” they continue—perhaps a genuine moment of health anxiety, perhaps a sarcastic aside.

It’s the disconnection that’s most upsetting about Knife Wife’s music: They don’t react as you’d expect to discussions of animal strangulation or ass-licking, because they mostly don’t react at all. But throughout Family Party, the band seek contact with others—at least by proxy. Whether screaming about lobotomies on “Lobe” or dreaming of becoming someone else on “Fruity Void,” their obsession with bodies, illness, and the grotesque is really about escaping oneself. Underneath their apathy lies personal distress and confusion; Knife Wife just find darkness more palatable when it’s veiled in obscenity.

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