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Thursday, 19 February 2009

A Modern Proto-Punk Installment from Cut Off Your Hands.

Big Picture - Cut Off Your Hands performing at Falls Festival in 2007.

Cut Off Your Hands are a New Zealand indie pop band who play a cross between urgent indie rock and classic sounding proto-punk with the result of galloping beats, fast-paced, riff-hugging vocal lines and thick chorusses of euphoric backing vocals. Guitar noise is loud and riffs simple, epic and appealing.
Cut Off Your Hands are not afraid of making a lot of noise, however this urge to make noise is put on a leash and channelled into some of the most catchy proto-punk experiences you're likely to receive.
They've already racked up tours with Foals and Friendly Fires through the UK and Germany and played alongside We Are Scientists, Ratatat and Bloc Party. But Cut Off Your Hands in no way fits in with the kind of polished sound which the latter three made their name creating. Their music is raw, and effortlessly exciting. Each song is an experience. Their bells ringing, all guns blazing approach to pop music leaves you with little appreciation for subtleties, at least temporarily anyway.
Cut Off Your Hands are one of the best 2008 emergences on the power pop scene, and with a follow up due end of 2009/10, they are certainly a band to watch - with extensive touring planned from February 2009 onwards (including the support of Ra Ra Riot).

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