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!