What I Learned at Bandcamp: The Kut
Photo by Joe Brady
Three-piece rock band The Kut released its newest EP Rock Paper Scissors on April 20. The group draws comparisons to Hole or a female Stooges. Last year, The Kut performed at 15 festivals and doesn’t plan to slow down in 2015.
The group is currently working on new music. In the meantime, stream Rock Paper Scissors on Bandcamp and read The Spec‘s interview with the band, below…
Tell us a little about yourselves…
I’m Maha, I play guitar and sing in The Kut. I guess we are probably best described as rock, but I guess a lot of the set is upbeat and people seem to hear grunge in what we do. I guess that figures as we are big grunge and more generally rock fans. We are from various places in the U.K., but unite in London.
How long have you been making music?
Ah, that’s a long time haha. I first started playing piano at the age of 4, but since then picked up and lost interest in a load of different instruments, like the violin and clarinet. We’ve been playing seriously for a good while but only started to release music again last year. I’ve always written songs and love doing it, I guess it’s like the balance to a lot of the negative experiences. I’ve played guitar and bass since I was 13 and I started playing the drums a few years after.
Who/what are your influences?
The biggest musical influences I have are actually life experiences. It’s that something someone says or does, or doesn’t say or doesn’t do. Extreme positive or mainly negative experiences push me to write. I don’t really know why or if it’s therapeutic, but it’s something I always did. But definitely we are all huge fans of rock, particularly of the ’90s variety and dare I say for myself, the punk pop movement. Sometimes I write a song and it’s heavy, or others flow to a breakbeat, or both. It’s difficult to pin influences, but we seem to get comparisons to Hole, Deftones, Incubus, Nirvana or L7, which is always nice and a shock because we’ve listened to them a lot but yet don’t feel like that’s our sound. There’s lots of great musicians that have influenced me though, including Ernie C from Ice T‘s Bodycount. I mean, that guy can make the guitar sing with emotion. What a lead player!
What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
I’d say my favourite is probably “I Want You Maniac.” I just love playing it live because it’s got a great energy. I originally wrote the Halloween poem towards the end for someone else to speak over the track, Halloween style. It filled me with dread when it was my own vocal take that ended up on the record though haha, but I’ve got used to it now and love doing it. It’s pretty theatrical and a fun track to jump about to. We always wanted to release a Halloween record and it was the right one. I wrote it the week before we were due in to record and we managed to cram it in during the sessions. I literally popped to the shop and Violet had put down a beat over the guide guitar. Once vocals and bass were down, I knew it was the track for Halloween. It wasn’t meant to be there, but it was so spur of the moment that it was totally right. It fits right in the set now.
Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We’ve been really happy with all the coverage we’ve had on the new record. It’s been pretty surreal watching Scuzz and just finding our video’s coming on haha, or having mates texting us with pics watching it! I guess we just want to keep pushing and getting ourselves out there on the road. We’ve got around 15 shows coming up in the U.K. for the summer and there has been talk of a European tour, although I’m not sure I’m meant to be saying that yet :/
We have our next video “I Don’t Need Therapy” about to drop in the next few days and then I guess we will just keep pushing. We already started on the next EP, so it’s going to be a case of finishing that up while we are gigging, and just see where it goes.
In terms of other things, I’ve started a clothing label with my friend Luke called House of Hate. He did the artwork for Rock Paper Scissors and we’ve always been big fans of each other’s work, so it’s been a lot of fun putting together. I’m hoping to get some of the first line back from manufacture in time to be out with us on the road. I’d be interested to see how it goes down, but foremost it’s all about the music for the rest of 2015 at least.
If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Ah, that’s a bleak question lol. But, hm I love teaching, so I guess I would just focus on that. I can help you to write a mean essay.
What musicians or bands do you look up to?
I really love loads of bands, but the ones I respect the most are the ones that stay together and keep kicking ass, like RHCP, Green Day, Deftones, Janes Addiction. I’ve seen that the industry can really kick you and there are so many highs and lows, promises, falls. Bands that can stick together through thick and thin and that keep pushing themselves are a huge inspiration. It’s just like any major athlete, professional, it inspires you. It’s all about people that keep on going. Oh, and not being an asshole.
Why do you make music?
Haha, that’s the kind of question that really gets me. I don’t know, a mix of things. It’s one of the only things I go to. I don’t get excited by most things or fired up. It keeps me busy, sane, entertained. We get a lot of support and it’s always nice to get support for it. I love gigs and playing live too, and I hate being bored. My hope is that when my life flashes before my eyes I can fill those memories with a lot of gigs. Sometimes, there’s a message in the tracks or just a vibe. If one person can truly relate to what you are saying, that’s a big deal. Maybe I just want to see if there’s anyone else out there that feels the same way.
Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Ah, well while we are here, I would like to give a shout out to our Team Razors, who are supporting us so much with all we are doing. THANK YOU!! There’s a lot to be said for having such an awesome street team and great support from friends and family. From everything like sharing the music, to suggesting ideas and even hand making merchandise, we are so thankful for it. Team Razors rule.