Back in the day, I used to go and see Young Knives play in London. I don’t know how many times I saw them, but counted up to 15. One was on this tiny bit of floor at the bottom of a spiral staircase. It wasn’t even a proper room. Just a storage space underneath something. There was only enough space for the band, and a few people stood around them. Everyone else had to watch from the stairs. Unfortunately I arrived late so was at the top of the stairs, seeing only bits of the tops of their heads. After going to a few gigs, I got talking to this other guy who was always there. He worked for the bands label, so I asked about recordings and what they were doing. He talked about studio recordings and videos, but nothing live.
Then one day I was in Leeds (a 4 hour drive from London) recording with 2 out of 3 rule at Cottage Road Studios. I don’t think Cottage Road Studios is there anymore. I was staying at our singers house, and as it turns out, Young Knives were playing at a small pub venue nearby. I was on my own that day, not needed in the studio, so I went. Arriving massively early, I figured I’d have a few drinks at the bar, then go into wherever the venue was. When I arrived though, there was no seperate venue room. It was the bar and venue in the same room. So I ended up sat at the bar watching the soundcheck, hours before they were due to play. I hadn’t met any of the band at this point, but it was somehow obvious they all recognised me. They must have thought I was a stalker-fan who’d driven 4 hours on his own to see them play in a pub. To make it worse, I unwittingly followed the lead singer into the toilet. Like when girls hang out so much they synchronise their periods.
Long story short, I got chatting again to the guy from their label, offered to film their next gig. Henry, the singer, lent me his camera. My sister and I turn up at Cargo in London a few weeks later. Me on camera 1. My sister on camera 2. We film the gig and put it on YouTube. At least one of the cameras. Don’t know what happened to the footage from the other camera, but I’m gutted as I think there’s a load of backstage video we took, as yet unpublished and now buried up in my storage room. Not gutted enough to go and find it though.
Well over a decade later, my sister and I see Young Knives at the Lexington, near Kings Cross. After the gig I introduce myself to Henry and mention that I filmed them at Cargo in 2003. I assumed he wouldn’t remember, but no. Apparently, this is the only known proper film of them playing in their early days, and it’s all thanks to me.
Here are some photos of Young Knives I took at another of their gigs. Also on my Young Knives Pinterest board: