Behind The Scenes: The Kut – Make Up

The Kut

The Kut are currently getting ready to release their upcoming EP Make Up, so we caught up with the band for a track-by-track insight on the EP. Check it out below…

No Trace
No Trace is the newest out of the tracks. I’d written the song a while ago, but wanted the arrangement to be right and that meant it was shelved for a while. We’d never played it live before we recorded it in the studio. Once the drums came together, it became what it is in this incarnation. Alison came up with the bass on the spot for the record, and that gave it the edge it needed. It’s not only the newest track, but also a wild card in some ways, which made it a great way to reintroduce ourselves, something that no-one had heard at the shows- for us it made it more exciting to see what everyone would think.

Make Up
Make Up is an emotional track, partly commenting on depression and the way that people aren’t always as genuine from the words they say, as you’d hope they are. I guess sometimes people aren’t good with words, but when they are and they tell you nothing but lies, it’s much worse. The message is that I’d rather hear nothing at all than be sold a facade. The riff is pretty grungy and we love playing it live. I normally notice a few raised eyebrows when I sing over the solo haha, Ali loves that solo.

Mario is usually the first track in our set. Personally I’ve always felt that it represents our sound as a band, purely because we aren’t commercial or pop, we never sold out. I’d like to think there are still bands who can write tracks that aren’t all major chords with lyrics that are sung by smiley happy faces, that are still great tracks. I guess it’s our most ‘Jane’s Addiction’ style track we have and I love that band. When we wrote it I was just messing around playing the Super Mario theme tune… all of a sudden it was a freestyle jam, loads of ideas were getting thrown in the mix. By the end of rehearsal it was a song and the first one we’d written together as a band!

Closure is a track that we released as a video after it was a B-side to DMA. We never thought of it as a B-side as in many ways it was better than the A, but the recording is really different to how it sounds live. It would be great to re-record it one day with James, especially since it’s a lot heavier live. Someone told me they were ‘talking about the past’ with someone, after a huge argument – it totally struck me that so much anger and aggression could come back from something that was essentially long gone, a ghost. It reminded me of how closure isn’t something that can be achieved from the outside world, in the sense that you don’t need a person to tell you the right words or wait for something to happen for you to be able to move on. You just need to make a decision, because closure is something that is inside you, hence the lyrics closure’s from within.

DMA was previously released as Doesn’t Matter Anyway, and over time became DMA. We love playing this live, although I’ve got some scars that say otherwise. I usually always cut my hand at gigs playing DMA and am usually pouring blood by the end! We used to have a lot more ska influence in our tracks, so this was in some ways a cross over track, still with the ska riffs and sixteenth disco beats, but also with the grungy guitars.


The Kut release Make Up on 18th August via Criminal Records. You can enter our competition to win a copy of it here!

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