Knife Party are an Australian electronic dance music duo. They formed from two members of the drum and bass band Pendulum, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen. They were ranked at #53 on DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 DJs poll, #22 on thedjlist, and #9 based on 2013–2014 data conducted by Topple Track and JustGo Music.
The duo met and performed music since 2002 in various different bands and music projects, eventually forming drum and bass band Pendulum. Two of the three original members created Knife Party as a side project, although it evolved into their primary project. On 25 May 2011, Swire released a short preview on SoundCloud entitled “Not Pendulum”. The name is derived from a Deftones song of the same name, which caused consternation at first as it implied that they supported knife crime, although Swire stated that “…we’re not advocating any type of knife-related crime any more than Swedish House Mafia were advocating organised crime.”
Knife Party’s first EP, 100% No Modern Talking, was released digitally through Warner Bros. Records on 12 December 2011.The EP originally was to feature “Back to the Z-List” but was replaced with “Destroy Them with Lazers” as the duo had decided to abandon the track. The EP title refers to the lack of “Modern Talking”, a wavetable in the software synthesiser NI Massive commonly used to create “talking” basslines. A tweet in December 2011 suggested the possibility of a remix EP in the future.