May 14, 2009

Cutaways: Earth and Earthly Things

photo: Olan Byrne

Blefast trip Cutaways live up to their name. Get rid off the fluff and you end with a poppy album here keyboards and guitar are fighting for a place in the spotlights, while the drums are egging them on. Earth and Earthly Things is part B52s, part surf and has the nervousness of a young dog chasing his own tail.

Vocalists Paul McIver and Grace McMacken come up with call-and-response songs that change rhythm and pace within a few bars (or within a single bar). Drummer Ryan Simpson keeps them on the road, with countless adventurous turns and twists along the way. Listening to Earth and Earthly Things is a bit like walking on a steep rocky path in the mountains. Tiresome at times, but rewarding in the end.

Grace McMacken: vocals, guitar
Paul McIver: vocals, keyboards
Ryan Simpson: drums

Earth and Earthly Things is a self-released album. Buy it from the band's website. Release date: July 6th.

  1. Milo Of Kroton
  2. Weapon Of Choice1
  3. I Spilled Your Drink & You Broke My Heart
  4. Hey Map My Way
  5. Wrong Cause, Right Words
  6. Earthly Things
  7. A Better Paul
  8. Lovers Are Lunatics
  9. I Don't Understand What You Don't Say
  10. Secret Distance
  11. Lights
  12. Fight To The Death
Live dates:
  • 05/19 QUBSU Speakeasy (supporting Chairlift), Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 06/26 4M, Omagh, Northern Ireland


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