Last year, girl power trio The Kut kicked the behind-the-scenes induced hiatus and showed they still had what it took to bring out a belter of a record with their EP, Make Up. After the brilliant reception their anger-fuelled offering released, they’re back already, with Rock Paper Scissors. Not too long ago we ran the band’s track by track of the the four track, punchy release which you can check out here. Released yesterday via Criminal Records, their new music shows them with no sign of stopping yet.
Time hasn’t faded the band’s love of electric guitar dominance and oestrogen fuelled excellence, allowing I Want To Maniac to blow any speakers that play the track at the right level – full volume. A passionate, feisty chorus stands up to deadpan spoken word, and though they’ve got the same “I don’t give a fuck” attitude of Marmozets, they’ve got the all-girl edge to push their sound with rigid determination.
Single Alekhine’s Gun boasts edited vocals that fit better on the record than on a stand alone work, intricate guitar appealing to the musically technical side of the work, and harsh vocals adding more weight to the track. Though you couldn’t get further from it, I Don’t Need Therapy‘s opening inspires All Time Low-esque vibes, quickly remedied by the Cardigans-esque vocals that enhance the 90s grunge sound of the record.
Closing Bad Man feels like a culmination of the band’s emancipating frustration, blasting out to nearly five minutes with the return of the harsh vocals and straight-up rocky side they’ve a habit of showing off. Though it gets a bit repetitive and loses its impact after a while, the obvious resilience and power is admirable.
The Kut might have had a handful of issues in the behind the scenes area of the band, but Rock Paper Scissors proves they’re still kicking and screaming, whetting the appetite for what’s to come from them.