With Knives started as a passion project of Josh Newton, formerly of Every Time I Die, Shiner, Season To Risk, The Damned Things, amongst the myriad of bands he's played in throughout his career. With the hopes of maybe one day being able to do a band that represents himself the way he sees it, he continued to pine away secretly on this project, awaiting who knows what.
A few years later enter Joe Trohman, formerly of Fall Out Boy and The Damned Things. Josh and Joe became quick friends upon embarking on a year and a half's worth of The Damned Things shows. A like minded bond grew between the two, and Josh asked Joe to join the "band", which wasn't a band, it was just two weird guys with laptops and anxiety disorders.
Now being partners in crime, they began working secretly on With Knives, realizing more and more that this was going to be a real band, not just some flight of fancy. And for the first time since the incarnation, Josh found someone he felt comfortable sharing creative control with. It was a true 50/50 working relationship where they sat down and tried to write dirty, spaced out rock music with no pandering whatsoever.
Your Skull My Closet began performing in Brooklyn, NY in 2008 with the expressed intent of resexualizing the nation's college rock scene (having no idea the format had died in the late 80s). Featuring ex-members of Detroit's infamous psycho-core unit Thoughts of Ionesco and Michigan's post-hardcore heroes Small Brown Bike, YSMC migrated to the big, rotten apple in search of inspiration and humiliation. They found both, and their debut EP Let's Get Acquainted tells the tales of bloodsucking Lower East Side debutantes, car service drug escorts, urban paranoia, and does so with a undeniably Midwestern sincerity. There's love; there's romance; there's loose nuts... lost marbles.