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CUT – ‘Second Skin’ Album Review

CUT – Second Skin

cut-second-skinCUT released their sixth studio album, Second Skin in February, 2017 on 12” vinyl as well as digitally. There are a number of guests on the album including Mike Watt lending some bass on Automatic Heart (see below). The band hail from Bologna, Italy and are celebrating 20 years of producing some great punk rock.

From the plaintive guitar notes opening up Shot Dead and the release of a brass backing section, CUT conjure up Iggy & The Stooges with a raw rock and roll anthem that draws from garage punk and some psychedelic rock and roll! There is some super guitar work although the entire track is well played and constructed.

You Killed Me First has a raw sound in a Cramps way – maybe a bit of post-punk Pixies influence as well. It is very clear that CUT have been honing their craft for several years – there is a confidence about their songwriting and delivery that is awe-inspiring. On Too Late they showcase more of a Killing Joke tribal drum approach and it sounds darn good.

Mike Watt guests on Automatic Heart (Tacoma Time Travel) and the track has a math-punk vibe maintaining that raw sound. CUT take it to another level on Take It Back To The Start as they peel it back to vocals and stripped down backing instruments but do not forsake any power at all.

After the “breather” of Back To The Start, the band then treat the listener to an atonal guitar, fast beat and psychedelic garage punk song that twists and turns its way into your brain. The album is full of variety and The One Who Waits is more a pyschobilly track and then Catch My Fall is an intricate post-punk/math-punk effort.

Closing with Crash And Burn, CUT bring in some falsetto vocals and some John Spencer Blues Explosion feel to the listener – I adored this song and the album is a great listen. Check them out here: http://antipoprecords.co.uk/cut-second-skin-new-release/