Wednesday, December 09, 2015

EP Review: 'Both // Neither' by Cutters

Titles:  Both // Neither (BandCamp, Jam Eater Records, iTunes)
Artist:  Cutters (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BandCamp)

New York's Cutters call themselves as a survival punk band and it's a fairly apropos description of their music.  Their latest EP Both // Neither is a raw and desperate three song collection that draws heavy influence from the emo and post hardcore of the late 1980s and early 1990s.  The anger, frustration, and despair in Cutters' music is palpable and speaks directly to those that feel alone, disaffected, and alienated by and from society for whatever reason.  Admittedly I wasn't too impressed with this record upon my first listen...that was until I got to the closing song "Fade To Black."  Lots of bands have done the angry, raw, angular, off-kilter punk thing over the years and at first that's what I got from Both // Neither, but then Cutters went and flipped the script, closing things out with a poignant and touching ballad.  Sometimes the best way to express pent up rage isn't through the loud and fast but with the soft and quiet.  "Fade to Black" shows that this band has a depth that is often missing from the politically and socially charged music of today.


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