Knifeplay

Knifeplay is a band that eludes definition, existing somewhere between the nihilistic detachment of shoegaze and the emotional honesty of folk songwriting. Originally a solo bedroom recording project of Tj Strohmer’s, they’ve made a slow and careful shift into a collaborative, production focused, studio recorded band. Through their ever-expanding genre palette, range of fidelities, and long list of collaborators runs a unique current that ties everything together.

Informed by his experiences living in Philadelphia and their contrast with his rural southern Maryland upbringing, Strohmer’s sometimes straightforward, sometimes dreamlike, but always philosophical lyrics feature scenes of darkness from many different aspects of life. He deals with themes of death, drugs, heartbreak, abuse, and self-destruction, all expressed through a delicate vocal style, which, combined with the band’s lush orchestral instrumentation gives a beautiful lightness to the heavy subject matter.

Since their 2017 debut of home-recorded EPs, Knifeplay have earned a dedicated cult following through acclaimed debut album Pearlty (2019) and a lengthy B-Sides Compilation (2020), all either self-released or through small run tape labels. In 2021 they entered the studio with producer Jeff Zeigler, known for his work with Kurt Vile, Nothing, The War on Drugs, and more, first producing the Hurt Someone EP (Born Losers Records) before recording their sophomore full-length, Animal Drowning, released via Topshelf Records on October 19, 2022.

Past Shows


May
17
th
2024
Fine Line
May
17
th
2024
Fine Line

RIDE

with Knifeplay and DJ Jake Rudh

More Shows

Sep
28
th
Palace Theatre

Cloud Cult

Jul
10
th
Fine Line

The New Pornographers

Aug
11
th
Fine Line

SeeYouSpaceCowboy

with The Callous Daoboys and Omerta
Oct
20
th
Fine Line

The Elovaters

with Cisco Adler and Bikini Trill