DS Video Interview: Butcher Knives (NY gypsybilly punk)

March 1st was Butcher Knives‘ album release show at Piano’s in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. I (Rob Smittix, not Jay Stone) had a chance to do a brief interview with the band before the show as well as capture some interesting clips of their performance. Butcher Knives, as I have coined the phrase is a “Melting Pot” of musicians stemming from all parts of the globe. Band members include: Nacho Segura (Colombia/vocals/percussion), Nikko Matiz (Colombia/vocals/guitar), Melissa Elledge (New Orleans/accordion), Tal Galfsky (Israel/keyboards/sampler), Ethan Cohen (New York City/banjo/guitar/vocals), Yoni Benshlomo (Israel/bass/vocals), and Mohamed Amine Smires (Morocco/drums/vocals). Opening acts included Bad Buka, Outernational, and Escarioka. The show was upbeat and energetic from beginning to end and I would recommend to any music loving fan to see all of these acts live. Check out our video interview below.

Pedro Erazo of Gogol Bordello even stopped by to do a guest appearance in the song “Nobody Knows Me”. Gogol Bordello on a side note, a few days ago tweeted and posted on Facebook that their March tour dates have been cancelled and refunds will be given to ticket holders due to Pedro’s Arm being broken. At the Butcher Knives’ concert Pedro’s hand was wrapped in bandages but he only lent his vocal styling to this show with Gogol he also plays percussion.

Butcher Knives’ first release from the album entitled “Misery” is “Tell Me Why” and there’s a video to coincide. The second release and video will be “American Dream” which touches on the topic of being an immigrant in America. The album is currently available for streaming and purchase at the band’s official website.

Butcher Knives’ concert dates are also posted on their site. On May 17th they will be playing at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with Mustard Plug, so mark your calendar now!


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