Nikko Matiz (Colombia): Vocals/Guitar
Melissa Elledge - Accordion,
Tal Galfsky - Keyboards/Sampler,
Ethan Cohen - Banjo/Guita/Vocals,
Yoni Benshlomo - Bass/Vocals,
Mohamed Smires - Drums/Vocals
Butcher Knives Bio:
Brooklyn-based Butcher Knives is a multilingual whirlwind of international musical and cultural movements, anchored to a high-octane punk rock aesthetic. The band’s members collectively hail from four countries, speak five languages, and possess three U.S. passports and a handful of work visas. With roots in Morocco, Israel, Colombia, New York, and New Orleans, Butcher Knives truly embody their multi-lingual, diverse, and multi-cultural sound and message. Together they test the outer limits of their musical dexterity in the context of the simplicity and anarchy of punk rock.
After ten years of touring and sharing the stage with the likes of Manu Chao, Gogol Bordello, Green Day, Leningrad, Los Pericos, Fermin Muguruza, and Devotchka, to name a few, Nacho Segura (Colombia/vocals/percussion) joined forces with Nikko Matiz (Colombia/vocals/guitar) and masterminded Butcher Knives. Over the past few years, the band has evolved into the current line-up, including 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).
Influenced by Los Carayos, Mano Negra, Gogol Bordello, The Clash, Joxe Ripiau, and Kortatu, and genres ranging from patchanka punk, rockabilly, and reggae, to klezmer, cumbia, and gypsy jazz, Butcher Knives has categorized themselves as “Gyspybilly.” Singing in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Hebrew, Butcher Knives celebrate their diversity and deliver in every aspect of their music. Hoping to bridge cultural gaps and appeal to the fringe cultures that inspired them, Butcher Knives is set to release their full-length album Misery in early 2014.