Cutback, a three-piece indie-rock band from the deepest, darkest depths of Fakenham and Wells, comprising lead guitarist and singer, Chris Sammacicci, bassist, Simon Taylor and the skin pounding talents of drummer, Karl Jagger. They were signed by US label dPulse and have just released their debut album; Patriotism is not a dirty word.
“They are a band with an incredible future awaiting them and certainly one of the most well put together, expressive and talented bands I’ve had the privilege of listening to in recent months.” – www.wohomusic.net
After the year of pop that was 2010, where rock was proclaimed in some quarters to be dead, it is reassuring to start 2011 safe in the knowledge that Old Yella hasn’t been taken out back just yet. With their debut album, Patriotism is not a dirty word, UK rockers Cutback have delivered a much needed shot of adrenaline to the ailing genre. Wearing it’s rock influences proudly on its sleeve (Foo Fighters, Muse, 80’s Hair Metal and even Fall Out Boy and Lost Prophets, before they started to suck), Patriotism... delivers 11 tracks of high quality, radio friendly rock with a level of energy usually required only when creating the universe.
The guys from Cutback have taken obvious time and care in crafting their debut and that shows in the quality of the production and the fact that the band is tighter than a fat guy in spandex. There isn’t a dud track on the album, any one of the 11 could make it onto mainstream radio playlists and each one appears to have been forged using a mystical alchemy passed down from the rock Gods.
When the album finally eases off the throttle after the thundering, high octane, opening quartet of “Fix”, “One Last Time, “Don’t Want It” and the fantastic “Audio Suicide”, the quality is not compromised in the slightest. “Breathe” washes over the listener like a much needed breeze on the hottest of summer’s days, Sammacicci’s vocals lilting gently over an unexpectedly delightful and gentle arrangement, this is the one that will have crowds swaying and hearts melting in equal measure.
The ideas expressed may not be new but they are delivered with a quality and confidence befitting seasoned campaigners, you don’t expect it from three relative novices. Patriotism... is extremely easy on the ear, full of catchy, hook-heavy tracks that will no doubt be sung back to the band with joy and enthusiasm by large crowds of very happy rock fans.
The album closes with “Sunrise”, and aptly titled anthem in the making that rightly appears to be signalling the dawn of a great new career. Let’s hope so.
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Patriotism is not a dirty word is out now on dPulse and is available worldwide on iTunes.