Shihad declared them 'the future of music'. They describe their own sound as akin to 'guerilla warfare'. Audiences and critics find themselves 'sonically bludgeoned into smiling and dancing at the same time'. Welcome to the world of Cairo Knife Fight.
The Christchurch-based musical odd couple of Nick Gaffaney (drums/vocals) and Aaron Tokona (guitar/loops/headbands) formed in 2008 following a drunken jam at a Wellington bar and despite this somewhat inauspicious start they have quickly gained a reputation as one of NZ's most riveting and sonically challenging acts.
Initially a six-piece, they soon downsized to the core of Gaffaney and Tokona due in part to financial realities but mostly because, in Gaffaney's words '... there is something about two people working on something, like it's the right number of opinions without there being too many chefs.'
But what of the music? It has been variously described as '...brilliantly unhinged, hallucinatory and riff-fired ... the most monumental chest-beating riff to come out of Kiwi rock in years,' ' ..heavy rock served up with some sexy on the side' and many have praised the band's almost 'psychedelic mystique'.
The duo have already enjoyed high-profile support slots with Them Crooked Vultures, Foo Fighters, Gomez and Queens of the Stone Age as well as performing at CMJ and last year's SXSW. With two highly acclaimed EPs and an album under their respective belts, Cairo Knife Fight might just be the band to put NZ rock back on the world map. Watch this space.