The Kut – Make Up review

Make Up ArtworkAfter a four year hiatus, courtesy of a few label misunderstanding, all-girl all-grunge no-gimmicks trio, The Kut, are back in action. After No Trace (the video for which you can watch below), lead single off Make Up, the band’s 2014 five track offering, picked up TV and radio attention from the off, it was clear the band were back full-on. Produced by James ‘Lerock’ Loughrey (White Zombie, Bjork, My Vitriol), these tracks are all-kick, no-chic; there hasn’t been an all-girl outfit this good since The Bangles.

The lead track (No Trace, below) sets off to a flying start with high electric riffs that fuzz up to match the distorted vocals. Overpowering instrumental builds up and blends seamlessly around the vocals work, with the second verse allowing them to become clearer, honing the attention in on them. Amanda’s (Dal, dums) percussion drives the track towards its grand finale, finishing up with the same colossal guitars that opened the EP.

The title track opens more simply, the guitar and drums combination sounding almost menacing in their minimalism. There’s a lot less distortion in the vocals on this track, which begin sounding akin to those on The Cardigans, whilst the grungier chords seem to lead towards a sound similar to Texas. The bass creates a clear backbone of support to the track, powering it forwards whilst the rest of the track – guitar solos and confident vocals – takes their turn to lead the music.

A mangled flurry of riffs cuts away to the only weak track off the release, Mario – particularly in the middle eight, the vocals don’t feel on the ball. They’re not quite strong enough in places, and off the beat once, before a clunky transition to the closing chorus. Closure brings back the tight sound of 90s girl grunge, though, with Maha’s vocals being the most striking feature of the track, mastering the control in the verses to switch to outright power in the chorus.

EP finale, DMA, holds a much more dancey beat, with the short, fast chords making their mark on the song. The clear, staccato and vocals make this track one that’d understandably be chanted along to at a live show, sending the crowd into a mad frenzy of joining in and partying along.

If you’re a fan of 90s grunge, there’s no reason you wouldn’t love this; its colossal riffs and masterful vocals make this release a bit mind-blowing.

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