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Knifes in Shining Armor: The Punky Butterknife on their new album

article & photography by Caitlin Sherlock

For their new release, Do The Needful, Boston-based trio Butterknife had a party at The Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA, ten years after Phil Wisdom (vocals and lead guitar) started writing songs, building a band thereafter. Kieran Stone (vocals and bass) joined from answering a Craigslist ad, and Jim Theodore (drums) finished making up the band after his previous band- who shared a practice space with the to-be Butterknife- called it quits.

After a few years playing in and around Boston, their debut album, onetworeadygo, was released in 2010 with great feedback. Do The Needful is available for free on their website. The album is very upbeat and positive and is meant to be heard loud and proud, and wonderfully concludes with a slow love song, which Phil reasoned: "Slow songs sound better after following fast ones; you are forced to listen it to more closely."

Butterknife has chemistry to say the least. At the bar they are the guys next door, and yet become rock stars as soon as they step on stage. Kieran had said a few times, "We are as un-rock n’ roll as it gets... Music is my golf.”

Kieran Stone | Butterknife

Congratulations on the EP! What is the first thing you did this morning?

Kieran Stone: I changed my daughter's diaper.

Phil Wisdom: Took the dog out to poop.

How did you guys meet?

Phil: There was originally four of us in 2003, but it began basically as a few music nerds hanging out, then placing an ad and Kieran answered.

Kieran: We learned that we went to a bunch of the same shows and never knew! He'd say, “So I went to see Weezer at this venue...”, and I would be like, “I was there!”

Phil : The band that is here tonight became solid in 2006.

Okay, I ask all new friends this: If you were stranded on a desert island and had only one album with you, what would you want it to be?

Phil: The soundtrack to "Castaway"?

Kieran: Excellent!

Phil: Okay, seriously, only one?! Jeez. I've got a top five…

Kieran: I know! Elvis Costello, This Year's Model.

Phil: Um….seriously, only one? Okay. Elliot Smith Either Or. What's yours?

It's always changing, but a solid for me is Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin.

Kieran: Good choice! Blood on the Tracks is up there for me…I always want to say Blonde on Blonde, but that's an obvious choice.


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