Loved by Led Zep

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There can’t be many bands who can count their own rock heroes as being among their fans – but Christchurch headbangers Cairo Knife Fight can. 

The hot duo describe themselves as a mix of Led Zeppelin meets Radiohead. 

And they had a “mind-blowing” experience when their idol, former Led Zep bassist John Paul Jones, told them he loved their music. 

The accolade came when the two-some supported Jones’ part-time supergroup trio Them Crooked Vultures – that also features The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme – at gigs in New Zealand last year. 

“John Paul Jones is an absolute legend and we couldn’t believe it when he took a real interest in our sound,” Cairo Knife Fight drummer/singer Nick Gaffaney says. 

“We did two nights with Them Crooked Vultures and it was great to get the chance to hang out with these guys. 

“Josh Homme and Jones were pretty expressive about being fans of our band, which is pretty mind-blowing really.” 

Cairo Knife Fight hit Revolver tomorrow for their debut gig in Queenstown. 

And despite having just two people on stage – Gaffaney and guitarist Aaron Tokona – they claim to make the sound of an eight-piece group. 

“We don’t use backing tapes but have a couple of loop machines going which means we can make one helluva noise,” Gaffaney says. 

“And with it just being the two of us playing, it means we are one seriously mobile unit.” 

Following their latest national tour, Cairo Knife Fight will launch a follow-up to their acclaimed EP Iron before heading to the United States for gigs in New York and Boston.

Catch Cairo Knife Fight at Revolver tomorrow from 9pm