Legendary Swedish duo The Knife have announced they will break up following the end of their current tour. The band—whose career has spanned 15 years—announced the news via Facebook this morning and then confirmed it in an interview with Dazed Digital. Founding member Karin Dreijer—who started The Knife with her brother Olof Dreijer—said this, “When we finish the tour now in November we will close down, it’s our last tour. We don’t have any obligations to continue, it should only and always be for fun.”

The band, formed in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1999, rose to fame with their hit song “Heartbeats” off their sophomore album Deep Cuts, with remixes from both Ellie Goulding and José González pushing it into mainstream, popular consciousness. The band leaves behind a rich legacy and five stellar albums, not to mention the influence they have had on a whole host of Scandinavian artists. Their last dates and the curious message The Knife posted on their website are below.


A handfull elf pee
That’s my soul
Spray it allover
Fill the bowl
Legs astride
An axe to grind
Generous actions with the speed of light
Without you my life would be boring

See you on the dance floor…

/Olof and Karin, The Knife


The last six tour dates are in Europe:

10/31 Stockholm, Sweden @ Annexet
11/1 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Film Studios
11/3 Berlin, Germany @ Arena Berlin Treptow
11/5 Manchester, England @ Manchester Academy
11/6 London, England @ Brixton Academy
11/7-9 Reykjavik, Iceland @ Iceland Airwaves