We Cut Corners: for whom the bell tolls
Every week, the New Music desk buckles under the weight of CDs and packages from bands looking for a leg up. Our in-box is overflowing with MySpace links, Facebook pokes and Linkedin invites from those same bands. There are also emails wondering why the hell we’re not writing about them, but we ignore those ones.
The way to New Music’s heart is simple. You don’t need shiny envelopes, pointless folders, a biography full of hot air, photos of your band looking surly or even lollipops. You simply need a bunch of damn good songs.
Cue the four-track CD from We Cut Corners. Within seconds, we were humming along with the Dublin-based duo. This is what it’s all about: bright harmonies, dastardly hooks and sharp-as-a-pin lyrics. Toll Free has all of the above in droves.
Live, We Cut Corners also make a splash and their Hard Working Class Heroes show last month, with Conall O Breachain and John Duignan doing the drum/guitar thing with considerable panache, turned many in the audience into believers. Blowing more minds should hopefully be on the duo’s to-do list for 2010.