Review by Shane Hilton
Ok… I’ll be honest I have a little bit of conflict of interest when it comes to the band Cutters.
You see I have a strong familial connection to the band.
Cousin Max, who some of you will know as my occasional doppelgänger from behind the bar at the Last Chance, just so happens to be their drummer.
And I hate him for it.
If jealousy makes a person green with envy, then I’m the spawn of Shrek being rear ended by Kermit the fuckin’ Frog.
Cutters are the type of band I want to be in.
A brutal slice of 70’s inspired hardcore tearing down the freeway from the Mornington Peninsula in a barely running VT station wagon on a one way trip to flip their collective middle fingers into the face of anyone stupid enough to get in the way.
Like any punk-rock worth it’s salt Cutters tap into the youthful exuberance of frustration.
That’s not to say they only blast out nothing but rage.
There’s a smarts about the way they go about their business.
Lyrically and structurally each song delves well beyond simply smashing out the riffs with a guttural growl.
Robo Debt Blues fits more into it in 1 minute and 23 seconds than most bands will fit into an entire album.
Smartly placed backing vocals are so cleverly mixed in that it seem almost stripped away from the cacophonous onslaught of Ginn-esque power chords that drive the song into the ends of oblivion.
Then there’s the fucking name?
When singer Al finishes the song off with the simple and eloquent “I’ve got the Robo Debt Blues and those debt collectors aren’t getting a red fucking cent” you can almost hear the disgust and pure hatred of a system that no-one wants to be a part of.
Every track on this 7 inch is a restless, brutal slice of suburban dissonance.
Cutters are a band that will make’s it ok to be angry.
It also makes it ok to be angry at your blood relation doppelgänger.
Fuck you Cousin Max.
You’re in the perfect fucking band.
10 out of 10.
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