Cuts, the / 2 Over Ten
Album: 2 Over Ten   Collection:General
Artist:Cuts, the   Added:Jul 2003
Label:Birdman Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-10-13 Pull Date: 2003-12-15
Week Ending: Dec 14 Nov 30 Nov 2 Oct 26 Oct 19
Airplays: 1 1 3 2 6

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 23, 2014: A Family Affair
Losing Sleep
4. Dec 08, 2003: Fly By Night
Losing Sleep
2. Sep 20, 2006: At Your Local Dive
The Early Bird (She Sings Fo
5. Nov 28, 2003: Lethal Distraction - Injection Limited
Mr. W's Holiday
3. Sep 23, 2005: Distraction-Limited
Didn't Live Enough
6. Oct 29, 2003: Palo Alto Uber Alles
The Early Bird (She Sings Fo

Album Review
Elias (Dr Furious)
Reviewed 2003-09-25
Yes! Forget about the New Pornographers, and meet yet another great band from Oakland, the Cuts. Awesome-awesome POWER POP with plenty of early-mid 70s proto-punk sound (Television, Elvis Costello, Roxy Music) meeting '60s psych (the Love) and pop (the Beatles ca '66-'69) elements. Stylistically, the lead singer is the perfect blend of Tom Verlaine and Arthur Lee. Lots of Beatlesque harmonies and melodies, nice organ sounds, great guitar kicks and twangs... all done right in the proto punk sense (Television) of it or borrowing Bill's words "just slammy". The Cuts not only pass the Mr Sparkle Chellenge, but they scream "Mr Sparkle" from miles away. For power pop done right, look no further. Play with bands of the LookOut Records powerpop sound (eg. Communique, the Oranges Band).

PLAY: **11**, **6**, 8 (for serious rockin' out), PLAY: 3, 1, 4 (great pop tunes).

((1)). Nice delicate organ/synth melodies. Prevailing tambourine. Melodic riffs and guitar solos nailing to the beat. A slammy mood.
2. Mainly a mid 70s classic rock feel. Their bridge between main groove and chorus is borrowing from Television big time. Singer sounds like Tom Verlaine.
((3)). "i'm losing sleep over the strangest things"... catchy, jangly, jumpy chorus, dreamy Beatlesque baroque-ish sequences of melody in between.
(4). 60s psych riff guitar work reminds me of the Love. Straight up power-pop chorus.
5. Syrupy guitar work and vox. Certain breaks and slams remind Elvis Costello. Television-ish guitar twangs toward the end.
((6)). It will tickle your punk bone. Twangy guitar solos and riffs. Garage-punky organ rocking out. Love this track. Coda rips the Love off.
7. Mid-tempo. Sugary, melodramatic and baroque. Psych pop melodies. Very vocal.
(8). Yet another Television-ish performance. A taste of guitar dissonance over melodic keys. Serious new wave attitude.
9. Mid-tempo, long-drawn track. Very average. Don't bother.
10. Mid-tempo. Happy-dreamy guitar riff, very much like early Elvis Costello. Catchy "ooh-ooh".
((11)). Fuck Yeah! Dare to rock out??? Get yah ass up on the board and crank this shit UP...!!! Make some fucking NOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISE!

Track Listing
1. How Can I Get Through   6. Mr. W's Holiday
2. Electric Nite   7. Paradise
3. Losing Sleep   8. Didn't Live Enough
4. Flip a Coin   9. 2/10 (Hang on Sean)
5. This Side of Heaven   10. Dreams
  11. The Early Bird (She Sings Fo