Everything Everything’s “A Fever Dream” is without a doubt one of my favourite projects I’ve had the pleasure to work on. I am definitely a fan girl.
I first saw EE in 2011 after they released their debut album “Man Alive”, and was immediately blown away by their glitchy production and cacophonic wall of sound. It was only later, upon investigating their lyrics that it became clear the band’s thematic influences are wide-ranging and academic.
Case in point, “Night of the Long Knives”, the spectacularly heady and ominous 4th single from “A Fever Dream”. It tackles the Nazi “Blood Purge” of 1934.
Also known as Operation Hummingbird, The Blood Purge or the Röhm Purge, The Night of the Long Knives was a purge in Nazi Germany from June 30 to July 2, 1934, when Adolf Hitler carried out a series of political extrajudicial executions to consolidate his power in Germany. At least 85 people died during the purge, although the final death toll may have been in the hundreds, with high estimates running from 700 to 1,000. More than a thousand perceived opponents were arrested. The event was a turning point for the German government, establishing Hitler as the supreme administrator of justice of the German people, as he put it in his July 13 speech to the Reichstag.