The Night of the Long Knives
is a descriptive phrase that was applied to the night of June 30 - July 1, 1934 when Adolf Hitler, assisted by Heinrich Himmler's SS, carried out a series of political murders. During the purge at least 85 people were executed, all whom the Nazi leader thought was holding back his regime. This song draws parallels between the events leading up to that atrocity and the rise of the extreme right wing in the 2010s. Frontman Jonathan Higgs explained to Drowned in Sound
"Instead of taking the scary alt-right wave and saying it might be a wave, I'm saying that actually it's crap and a bit pathetic, and a lot of people involved are just very small arrogant little men. I'm just trying to do it down as much as I can, to undermine it as much as I can.
I wanted to draw a parallel with his rise and the rise of the right and put that imagery in people's minds before we even begin, but then immediately tear it down and say 'They're a bit s--t, aren't they?' It's kind of funny how angry they get about everything. I just like playing with it."