The Newtown KNIFE Gang is Johannesburg’s hottest new rock force. Founded a little over a year ago by the core of leading rock band 16stitch, the remaining members conceptualized the band based on their past experiences in the music industry. The addition of ex-We Shall Embrace singer Spencer Martin upfront, brings a youthful, energetic and powerful edge to this already established musical force.
16Stitch rocked the airwaves and headlined stadiums from 2003 until 2008, raising the bar for existing rock acts and bringing in a fresh new sonic that ultimately paved the way for many bands that emulated their unique approach. With a phenomenally talented line-up of musicians, it was not long after the group’s demise that the members would find themselves exploring new musical paths and stepping back into the rock limelight.
In the year that The Newtown KNIFE Gang has been writing and producing their repertoire, they have secured a record deal with Electromode, home to Heuwels Fantasties and Jack Parow amongst others, signed with over 40 online music stores and secured themselves a comfortable place in the future of SA rock.
Their debut single “Listen ” was released in June 2011and has recieved massive radio play on a national level. Going to number 1 on various radio stations across the country and the video has had over 24 000 views on youtube thus far. A prelude to their debut self title album release . Other singles such as Read bewteen the lies , Taste Goodbye and Words have already been earmarked for success. Drawing on influences ranging from Billy Talent, The Used and 30 Seconds To Mars. Newtown KNIFE Gang comes to you strong and in-your-face. With a gigantic buzz already circulating the band, there is no doubt The Newtown KNIFE Gang will dominate the rock scene in 2011.