Helen Marnie (Photo courtesy the artist)
Glasgow-based electro rockers Union of Knives self released “A Tall Tale,” their first of two collaborations featuring Ladytron’s lead vocalist Helen Marnie.
The trio is composed of Chris Gordon, Ant Thomaz (Dope Sick Fly), and drummer Pete Kelly, who returned from a decade on tour with The Kills and Ladytron, and brought Marnie into the fold. These songs will appear on their forthcoming album Endless from the Start, which will be released this spring.
Of the collaboration, Helen said, “I wanted to create a state of confusion and a feeling of being on the edge with the mantra ‘Who am I?’ But that feeling quickly disperses into something beautiful and hopeful when Anthony sings. A Tall Tale is a journey. Fare thee well.”
Anthony added,”The repetitive mantra ‘who am I’ is a question we ask ourselves every day. For me it is like meditating while dancing.”
The band combines a dystopian soundscape with the pummeling urgency of industrial music and the cathartic release of ambient theatrics for a unique multi-textured sound that mesmerizingly references goth, warped soul and more.
Watch the official music video for “A Tall Tale” by Union of Knives on YouTube:
Union of Knives first flared briefly in the mid 2000s with their debut that received a rapturous reception,” Violence and Birdsong,” featured in Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries and was the musical tag for Zane Lowe’s IN NEW MUSIC WE TRUST Radio 1 show.