“Welcome to SHAKING THE HABITUAL!” someone exclaimed during “Wrap Your Arms Around Me,” the opening number at The Knife performance at Terminal 5 last night (4/30), their first of two at the venue on their current tour. Was this a concert or a musical revue? The correct answer is probably “both.” There were 11 people on stage, all dressed in aqua-colored jumpsuits. Some of them played instruments, like this enormous string instrument/drum thing that was set up in the middle of the stage. There was also an electronic oboe being played at times. Some of them sang — Karin was not always lead vocalist, and I bet some watching weren’t even sure which one she was. All of them danced. And we’re talking a show that was as choreographed a production as A Chorus Line, though I kept thinking of cult musical The Apple.
The Knife's 2014 Shaking the Habitual tour, which was their swan song, was an all-singing, all-dancing neon spectacle, that included two nights at NYC's Terminal 5 (our review of Night 1 is quoted above). Those T5 shows are now the basis for a live album and DVD which will be released September 1. You can check out a trailer for the DVD below, and you can preorder it now.
The band are also auctioning off some of the special musical instruments that were created for the Shaking the Habitual tour, like the drum/string instrument mentioned in the above review. Proceeds from the auction go to the No One is Illegal Network, a charity that works to provide practical support to people who are forced to live undocumented after having had their applications for asylum refused. You can check out the items up for bid now and the auction begins August 30.