Record label: Household Name Records
From Exeter, The Cut Ups play a beautiful blend of melodic hardcore, with lovely undertones of Snuff, Leatherface and any other half decent punk band you might care to mention. Simply put, and because I should really be at work rather than writing a CD review, this album is wonderful.
The album’s fascinated by place and people; returning over and over again to songs about Exeter, their home city. It’s refreshing to hear compared to the usual abstract notions that appear in so many punk rock songs. It makes me wish I had a ‘home town’ I could go back to! It’s also clear why they reference Dischord records as an influence; that sense of location is clearly important to the Cut Ups and helps to elevate the album with the closing line of the album, ‘Now I’m traveling back; it’s home that I find my hope’.
So, I’d recommend getting a copy of this album, but I’d recommend seeing these guys live more. I’m ashamed to say I’ve only seen them twice up to now, but each time I’ve been blown away by their passion and incredible musicianship; oh and the between song banter I witnessed in London was almost as good as the music itself.