The Knife Break Up

The Knife Break Up
Bad news, everyone. One of the music world's most beloved and endlessly fascinating bands are calling it quits, since the Knife have announced plans to break up later this year.

This fall, the band will be touring in Europe, and a post on their website calls this their "last tour" and "final shows." Unfortunately, this doesn't refer to simply their last tour in support of 2013's Shaking the Habitual, but their last tour ever.

They confirmed the bad news with Dazed. "When we finish the tour now in November we will close down, it's our last tour," Karin Dreijer said. "We don't have any obligations to continue, it should only and always be for fun." The band's reps echoed the news, saying the tour is their "final statement" and the duo will officially be no more after they finish the trek.

The Knife posted the following poem when announcing their final tour:

"A handfull elf pee

That's my soul

Spray it allover

Fill the bowl

Legs astride

An axe to grind

Generous actions with the speed of light

Without you my life would be boring"

See you on the dance floor…


Formed in Gothenburg, Sweden, sibling duo the Knife have been active for 15 years. They released the album Shaking the Habitual last year, and followed it with a mini-album containing reinterpretations of past work called Shaken-Up Versions.

Presumably, the band members aren't done with the music world entirely. Karin Dreijer still has her Fever Ray side-project, while Olof Dreijer has released music as Oni Ayhun and DJs as DJ Coolof.

Tour dates:

10/31 Stockholm, Sweden - Annexet

11/01 Gothenburg, Sweden - Film Studios

11/03 Berlin, Germany - Arena Berlin Treptow

11/05 Manchester, England - Manchester Academy

11/06 London, England - Brixton Academy

11/07-09 Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves