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Gutter Talk : The Cut Throat Razors

One of Glasgow’s most talented, unsigned bands, The Cut Throat Razors drop their brand NEW EP, “Motown’s Lost Its Soul” this Friday (27th November 2015) with a LIVE launch at Glasgow’s Stereo this weekend.

We caught up exclusively with frontman, Scott Crawford for his razor-sharp (!) thoughts on inspiration, taking on Wickerman’s main stage, lusts of the animal world and life as the underdog . . .

For those who don’t know, who ARE The Cut Throat Razors?

We are an 11 piece band based in Glasgow.  We play all our own original material with a huge repertoire of messages and influences from Ska, Motown, Funk, Jazz, Blues and New Wave. They are full-on bouncy tunes with a dramatic undercurrent which will get you from the door and onto the dancefloor! We released our debut LP “Dr. Gelati & The Lemon Garden” in 2013 and won the Sunday Herald’s Best Unsigned Band in 2014

How was the experience of competing in The Sunday Herald’s “Best Unsigned Band” and winning a live slot at The Wickerman Festival?

The final of the competition was intense. Us and another two bands; a full on slog-fest, no quarter given. It was like a badger in a square-go with two pit-bulls,  and we were the underdog (or under-badger). It came as a total shock when we won! It was a great feeling; I’ve only ever won a portable transistor radio at the Prize Bingo before, so it is not an emotion that I am altogether familiar with. Wickerman was brilliant; nice vibe, great bands and to play the main stage was a real pleasure!

The live music scene can be tough; bands have their work cut out trying to differentiate themselves from the competition.What makes a Razors live set special and keeps the punters coming back?

I would like to think it was full on entertainment. We try to give punters it all: great, bouncy original tunes, heavy-weight 4 piece horn section, three vocalists and skilful instrumentalists. The music demands 100% enjoyment and involvement and that’s what we give. I think the punters see us enjoying ourselves and have a good time themselves. 

Your new EP, “Motown’s Lost Its Soul” is out this week; the title suggests a disappointment or disillusionment with music, is that intentional?

We’re not gallus enough to overtly try to put a message across but there are a few messages in there. The title came from one of the songs on the EP and has a double meaning; you could read it as Motown music has lost its soul, or Motown, the city in Detroit has. What seems to be happening to western society seems to be reflected in the music industry; the 1% elite are making millions, while another larger group are just making enough to get by and the rest of us (the vast majority) have nothing to show for all our hard work. It is easy to become depressed and disillusioned about it, but I try not to. Take the music scene in Glasgow, for example; they are so many amazing bands of every genre playing week in, week out where they probably don’t make a penny and they just do it for the love of it. That’s real soul music, not the bland manufactured plastic that is served up to us by the industry.

Where did the inspiration for each EP track come from?

“Motown’s Lost Its Soul” – The lyrics were inspired by Julian Temple’s documentary, “Requiem For Detroit” about the disembowelment of that once great city. The de-industrialisation and societal chaos that accompanied it, chimed loudly with my own experience of growing up in Paisley.

“Losing My Mind” – What is it about lust that can turn otherwise sane people just a little bit bonkers? It’s not just people either, in the animal world it could be argued that it’s even worse. Take hares for instance, they’re normally very happy to get chased around a dog track by half a dozen greyhounds, but come the month of March they take up boxing and can be found knocking lumps out of each other in farmers’ fields everywhere. All for a little bit of nooky . . .

“She’s My Baby” –  A story of young love between young Mods. Music, style, love. The holy trinity of life.

“A Beautiful Day” – This is a story about rebirth and regeneration. It’s set in Glasgow; a city that knows all about rebirth and regeneration, and it is about a man finding beauty again all around him after a broken relationship. It was written the day after Thatcher died. It was indeed the most beautiful of days!

The Razors have had an incredible year, what has been your highlight?

People and places. We recently played the Britannia Panopticon; it’s the world’s oldest music hall and is in Glasgow. It was a bit battered and dig eared, but it was beautiful and atmospheric. Stan Laurel made his debut on the very stage we were playing. My own personal highlight though was filming our new video for “Motown’s Lost Its Soul”. We recorded part of it one Sunday in The Barras; the stall holders were a bit wary seeing a couple of guys with cameras but once they found out we weren’t CID, The Social Security, Trading Standards or Customs And Excise they really opened up! We met one guy who was an amateur film maker and he made films of the punters in The Barras. He took us into his office and there were all these beautiful photographic portraits.

“Motown’s Lost Its Soul” is out on Friday 27th November 2015

The Cut Throat Razors are LIVE at Stereo on Friday!

Gutter Gig Guide : 18/11/2015

Gigs This Week

New Order are at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Thursday (19th November 2015) as part of their current UK Tour. The band, who formed in 1980, are out in support of their 10th LP, “Music Complete” which dropped in September of this year; the album is their first without bassist, Peter “Hooky” Hook and features Iggy Pop, Elly “La Roux” Jackson and The Killers’ Brandon Flowers

Nebraska’s very own, Jack & Jack are at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Thursday (19th November 2015). The rap duo, Jack Johnson and Jack Gillinsky, are best known for their track, “Wild Life” and released their debut EP, “Calibraska” in July 2014.

Glasgow’s 02 ABC play host to punk duo, Slaves on Thursday (19th November 2015). The pair, Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman, released their debut offering, “Are You Satisfied?” in June of this year. 

Hometown heroes, Prides will be delighting Glaswegian fans this weekend with TWO very special shows at King Tut’s on Friday (20th) and O2 ABC on Saturday (21st November 2015). The band, who formed in Glasgow in 2013 and released their debut LP, “The Way Back Up” in May 2015. Support comes from Fatherson.

American alt-rockers, Mercury Rev are at The Art School in Glasgow on Friday (20th November 2015). The band, who formed in Buffalo, New York in 1989, are out in support of, “The Light In You”, their ninth LP which dropped in October of this year.

Maximo Park are at Glasgow’s Barrowland on Friday (20th November 2015) for a very special show celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their debut LP, “A Certain Trigger”. The band, from Newcastle, have gone on to release five studio LPs, the most recent being 2014’s “Too Much Information”

Wishaw-born band, Vigo Thieves are at The Art School in Glasgow on Saturday (21st November 2015). The band, who formed in 2010, have supported The Fratellis, The Wombats, Billy Idol and The Courteneers. The band have released two EPs to date; 2012’s “Heart & Soul Pt I” and 2013’s “Heart & Soul Pt 2”. Support comes from Nieves.

Shock rocker, Marilyn Manson is at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Sunday (22nd November 2015). Manson, aka Brian Warner, is out in support of his ninth studio album, “The Pale Emperor”, which dropped in January 2015 and features the singles, “The Devil Beneath My Feet”, “Cupid Carries A Gun” and “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge”.

The SSE Hydro play host to old-school electro-dance outfit, The Prodigy on Monday (23rd November 2015). The band, who are best known for their smash-hit single, “Firestarter”, released in 1996, are out in support of their sixth LP, “The Day Is My Enemy” which dropped in March of this year.

Singer/songwriter, Paul Weller is at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Tuesday (24th November 2015). The Modfather first found fame with The Jam and The Style Council before releasing his self-titled, debut solo LP in 1992. Weller is out in support of his latest solo LP, “Saturns Pattern”, released in May 2015. Support comes from Young Fathers.

Alt-metal band, Bring Me The Horizon are at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Tuesday (24th November 2015). The band, from Yorkshire, formed in 2003 and have released five LPs to date, the most recent being, “That’s The Spirit” which dropped in September of this year.

Ohio-born band, Walk The Moon are at Glasgow’s Queen Margaret Union (QMU) on Tuesday (24th November 2015). The band, who formed in 2008, are best known for their radio-friendly hit, “Shut Up & Dance”; taken from their latest LP, “Talking Is Hard”, which was released in December 2014.

Just Announced

Japanese, metal-core band, Crossfaith have announced plans to return to The UK in March 2016, including a date at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on the 28th. The band’s latest LP, “Xeno” is available now.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 20th November 2015 @ 10am

Singer/songwriter James Morrison has unveiled plans to play Glasgow’s O2 Academy on 4th March 2016. Morrison released his fourth LP, “Higher Than Here” in October of this year.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 20th November 2015 @ 9.30am

Live From London : Frankie Lee, St Pancras Old Church (12/11/2015)

Frankie Lee is a travelling man, that much was plain to see straight from the opening lines of his set opener at St Pancras Old Church, “East Side Blues”; “When I’m on the south side, I got nowhere to roam, sit and watch the sky fall down, a stranger in your own damn town”. The track speaks of pining for a simpler past, and described in the writer’s own words as, “An ode to the capitalist investors and developers who’ve destroyed every side of town and built shit that won’t last”.

Many of Lee’s songs adopt this weary traveller lens on the world. “Queen Of Carolina” sees Lee observe, “I’m rolling down the back lanes of my mind, a switchblade girl is carving up a star, she can be the world for blind and bleeding hearts”. In between the miles that roll by, Lee sets to reflect on tracks such as the eponymous track from his debut album, “American Dreamer”; “Everything is the same as it was before, the rich keep killing off the poor”. Set against the familiar Americana smokey voice and harmonica and acoustic guitars, one is left in no doubt that Lee is one of the new generation of disaffected American youth, drifting through the neighbourhoods left behind and ignored Wall Street bankers and Washington policy-makers. One cannot help but be reminded, while watching Lee, of those lines from Father John Misty’s, “Bored In America”;“They gave me a useless education, a subprime loan, on a craftman’s home”.

It’s clear where Lee finds refuge in the modern America where the same old problems are still to be found. On “High And Dry”, dedicated tonight to Lee’s home “right in the middle of America”, he sweetly praises his father’s trusty old motor and his mother’s “songs from the rodeo”, before telling us all to “grow your own”, though what crops is left to the imagination.

All these songs seem to give off the radiation of swampy heat, rusty convertibles and the polka dot shirt and cowboy hat that Lee is sporting tonight. Its gives a warming effect on a rather windy and wet evening, where the barren autumn branches can be seen through the windows of The St Pancras Old Church. Lee’s sincerity and candour can be seen through the between song chatter, and I can certainly see London taking to the infectious persona of Lee.

WTF! Missy’s Back!

Rap superstar, Missy Elliot broke the internet yesterday when she dropped the video for her brand new single, “WTF (Where They From?)”. The track, featuring Pharrell, is the first single from Misdemenour in 3 years.

“WTF (Where They from?)” is a promising taste of things to come; Elliot hasn’t released an album in 10 years. 2005’s “The Cookbook” was her sixth studio effort and featured the singles, “Lose Control”, “Teary Eyed” and “We Run This” as well as collaborations with Ciara, M.I.A and Mary J. Blige. The Virginia-born rapper and record producer got a good idea of how much she’s been missed when she joined Katy Perry’s Superbowl Half-Time Show slot in February 2015 and completely stole the show from the California Gurl with a megamix of her hits.

Missy Elliot began her career with R&B all-girl group, Fayze (who later became Sista) in the early 1990s. The band released just one album, their 1994 debut, “4 All The Sistas Around Da World”; Elliot launched a solo career, releasing her debut LP, “Supa Dupa Fly” in July 1997. Misdemeanour went on to release another 5 studio albums to date and has enjoyed a string of hits, most notably, “Work It”, “4 My People”, “Get Ur Freak On”, “Lose Control” and “One Minute Man”.

2016 is gonna be a BIG year for Misdemeanour! Good to have you back, Missy!

Gutter Gig Guide : 11/11/2015

Gigs This Week

Pop Idol, Will Young is at Glasgow’s SECC tonight (Friday 13th November 2015) in support of his latest LP, “85% Proof”, which dropped in May of this year; it features the singles, “Love Revolution”, “Thank You” and “Joy”. Young beat hot favourite, Gareth Gates for the “Pop Idol” Crown in 2002; his debut, double A-side single, “Anything Is Possible/Evergreen” is The UK’s fastest selling single.

London-based shoegazers, The Milk are at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut tonight (Friday 13th November 2015). The band, who formed in 2008, released a brand new LP, “Favourite Worry” this week.

Scottish Pink Floyd tribute, MacFloyd are celebrating 40 years since “Wish You Were Here” was released with a very special show at Glasgow’s 02 ABC tonight (Friday 13th November 2015). 

Glasgow’s Garage plays host to London-based band, Dexters on Saturday (14th November 2015). The band are out in support of their sophomore album, “We Paid For Blood”, which is available now.

Indie rockers, The Ordinary Boys are at Glasgow’s King Tuts on Saturday (14th November 2015). The band, who formed in Sussex in 2002, took their name from a Morrissey track and are best known for their signature song, “Boys Will Be Boys”, released in 2005. The band split in 2008 but reformed in 2011; The Ordinary Boys released their self-titled, fourth LP in October of this year.

Happy Mondays celebrate 25 years since their iconic album, “Pill, Thrills ‘n’ Bellyaches” at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Sunday (15th November 2015). The band, who were an important part of the dance scene of the early 90s, formed in 1980 and are best known for their signature song, “Step On”, taken from the aforementioned album.

Las Vegas rockers, Imagine Dragons are at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Sunday (15th November 2015). The band, who formed in 2008, are out in support of their second LP, “Smoke + Mirrors” which dropped in February of this year; it follows their 2012 debut, “Night Visions”.

Glasgow’s Stereo play host to Californian rockers, Wavves on Sunday (15th November 2015). The band released their latest LP, “V” in October of this year; it’s their fifth album in seven years.

Texan singer/songwriter, Kacey Musgraves is at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Sunday (15th November 2015). Musgraves came seventh in USA Network’s singing competition, “Nashville Star” in 2007; she released her self-titled LP that same year, followed by 2013’s “Same Different Trailer Park” and “Pageant Material”, which dropped in June of this year.

London-based, indie band, Daughter are at The Art School in Glasgow on Monday (16th November 2015). The band formed in 2010 and released their debut LP, “If You Leave” in 2013. The band’s second LP, “Not To Disappear” is due for release in early 2016.

Bob Marley’s famous backing band, The Wailers are at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Tuesday (17th November 2015). The band are playing reggae superstar Marley’s “Legend” in its entirety; the album is a compilation of Marley’s biggest hits and was originally released in 1984, 3 years after Marley’s death.

Just Announced

Manchester-born band, The 1975 have added a THIRD Glasgow date to their upcoming tour. The band will now be at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Sunday 20th March 2016. The band are out on tour in support of their forthcoming LP, “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It”, due for release in February 2016.

Tickets are available now!

Pop punks, Busted announced their reunion earlier this week as well as a string of UK Dates for 2016. The pop trio will be at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May 2016. The band, who formed in 2000 and enjoyed a string of massive hits, including, “What I Go To School For”, “Year 3000”, “Thunderbirds Are Go!” and “Crashed The Wedding” before splitting in 2005.

Tickets are available now!

Manic Street Preachers Announce 20th Anniversary Show

Hot on the heels of The Stone Roses announcing home-town gigs at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium next June, Welsh rockers, Manic Street Preachers have unveiled plans to play Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on Saturday 28th May 2016.

The band, who formed in Blackwood, Wales in 1986, are playing their biggest Welsh headline show since 1999’s gig at Cardiff Millennium Stadium to commemorate 20 years since the release of, “Everything Must Go”; their fourth LP which featured the singles, “Design For Life” and title track, “Everything Must Go” and their first release following the disappearance of guitarist, Richey Edwards.

Manic Street Preachers will be joined by very special guests, Super Furry Animals at Liberty Stadium next May; the band will perform two sets at the special Stadium show. “Everything Must Go” will be played in full for the first set while the second set will see the band treat fans to live performance of greatest hits, b-sides and rarities.

2014 saw the band release their 12th studio LP, “Futurology”, it features the title track single and “Walk Me To The Bridge”. The band played a string of successful shows to mark the anniversary of “The Holy Bible”, their third LP released in August 1994.

Tickets for Liberty Stadium go on-sale on Friday 13th November 2015 @ 9am


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