We Cut Cor­ners: for whom the bell tolls

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

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.

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