Watch: The Knife new song and video for “A Tooth for An Eye" - Reverb

Watch: The Knife new song and video for “A Tooth for An Eye”

A screenshot from the new the Knife video.

A screenshot from the new the Knife video.

By Erik Myers

Following up on the first single for their new album “Shaking The Habitual,” the Knife has released a new song, “A Tooth for An Eye,” along with the music video. Men in gym clothes gear up for what turns out to be an intense dance session, sparklers and all.

Curious as to what the dreads-wearing referee symbolizes? Not to worry, because the Knife shared an explanatory statement along with the video via press release:

“A Tooth For An Eye” deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior? In a sport setting where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance. Their lack of expertise and vulnerability shines through as they perform the choreography. Amateurs and skilled dancers alike express joy and a sense of freedom; There is no prestige in their performance. The child is powerful, tough and sweet all at once, roaring “I’m telling you stories, trust me”. There is no shame in her girliness, rather she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago.

Well that’s settled. By the way, this song in the video is an edited version of the full song. Fortunately, the full thing was loaded up to SoundCloud.

“Shaking The Habitual” is set for release on April 8.

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