As much as dance music continues to conquer the charts -- my generation caught in a constant loop of uppers-fueled bass-dropping frenzy -- the backlash against EDM is just as strong. The resurgence of roots music is intrinsically linked to the electronic music renaissance. But there's an element of excitement in electronic dance music that you rarely feel with more traditional bro-step. Bands are blurring the lines between dance and rock and punk and pop, and it's an open field to make your mark in the industry. Tennesee dance rockers Five Knives
intend to do just that.
We're premiering their track "Money" today as well as a chat we had with the band about their upcoming debut record, Savages
. Utilizing synths, house production, and elements of punk, Five Knives bring an aesthetic to dance music that is all their own, and our conversation shows they're just as excited about these wide open genre doors in dance as we are.
Your debut LP, Savages, is this really fascinating fusion of synthpop, house-music, and even hints of pop-punk. Were those sounds the sort of music that defined your musical upbringings?
For the most part yes, with a little bit of hip-hop thrown in there. We definitely all four have different tastes, but when we come together it seems to work.
What's your experience been like having two singles from this album that isn't even out yet reach the top 10 in the Billboard Club charts?
It's amazing to us that a live band has been embraced by the dance community like that. It seems that the lines are blurring more and more. We have had a lot of really great remixers get involved with us, so that has helped a lot.
With dance music/EDM becoming such a massive part of the musical conversation in the last three years or so, are fusions of pop & EDM -- which "Money" and the rest of your album definitely represent -- the future of dance music?
It's an exciting time in music right now in general. It used to be if you were a pop or dance music fan you didn't listen to punk or rock and so on. Those old school "rules" are out the window now. We definitely didn't put any restrictions on ourselves when making our album. The future of dance music is wide open because people's minds are now wide open as well.