Interview: The Cut Outs
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Three girls (Stevie -guitar,/vocals, Jess - bass/vocals and KT - drums, from different places with one thing in common, a desire to rock out!
But all rock journalism clichés aside The Cut Outs are looking to make a big impact on the rock scene. I meet the girls in a barn (how rock n roll!) after their main stage opening slot at this years Truck festival. Jess explains the bands musical ethos, “We live and breathe music as friends and as a band. If you don’t love it then why do it? We write about sex and circumstance, the good things in life and difficult things we’ve all experienced together and generally just what makes us ‘us’. We create an energy and an experience that people latch on to and to share it with the crowd at our gigs is probably why we do this.”
The band have a mish-mash of influences as far-flung as Tori Amos, acoustic music, Brit-pop, Pixies and 80s classic rock. KT, in a somewhat defensive manner, assures that she no longer listens to bands like Def Leppard, but they are an influence none the less. You can hear all their influences, but it is hard to pin-point them directly, making The Cut Outs sound familiar and new in the same note.
Asked to compile a imaginary super-group Stevie makes the wide range of influences apparent, “Robert Plant, me and Jess on vocals, Ray Manzarek on keys, Jess and Krist Novoselic on bass, me and Prince on guitar, KT and Taylor Hawkins on drums… and Chrissie Hynde and Karen O on backing vocals just for a laugh!!”
Even today rock is a patriarchal society, have the girls found it a battle to get taken seriously?
“People take one look at us (girls with guitars rockin’ up to a sound check) and they’ve already made an assumption about how we’re going to sound and what we’re all about. ‘Oh fuck it’s a girl band’ has been our favourite greeting so far!! It doesn’t take long for them to realise that we’re just us, doing what we do and doing it bloody well. Of course we work hard but just as hard as anyone else trying to be a successful band,” explains Stevie.
Live the girls have certainly been turning heads especially as their festival cherries were ‘popped’ over the summer - turning unsuspecting festivals goers onto the sound of The Cut Outs.
As well as gaining fans live the band are well aware of the power of the internet in gaining them prominence.
“Myspace have been brilliant to us!! Since playing the Myspace stage and being interviewed by the crew at the festivals we’ve set up a fortnightly video blog to document The Cut Outs and our antics! It’s really important for new bands like us to have an outlet for people to hear their music and sites like Myspace give us all just that,” says Jess.
The conversation turns to more frivolous subjects and it gets interesting. The girls offer the advice that you shouldn’t take a photo of the moon out the window whilst recording vocals in the studio - which one of them apparently did. Also, one for the lads, Stevie ‘likes to undress in public when drunk’, and we might want to avoid Jess as she has a ‘tendency to shake people violently when dancing’. KT owns five alarm clocks and still fails to wake up in the morning.
Whether it be for drunken dance-floor violence and nudity or their balls to the floor rock n roll, its likely that we’ll be hearing much more about The Cut Outs in future.
The Cut Outs are managed by Siu-Anne Marie Gill at 11th Hour Artists Management-London