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Rats
Jealous Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I was considering writing one of those long drawn-out intros, one where about three paragraphs are written before the band name is even mentioned, but with this single that would just be too ironic. Like a restless child with ADD, Paper Cut Out hit the ceiling as the stylus hits the wax.

Discordant jazz and hectic single-note riffs bounce off the walls in an almost irritating manner, delivered ruthlessly behind yelped vocals. It's almost as if Paper Cut Out collapse around each other in some sort of quirky post-punk disarray, owing as much to Gang Of Four as to Faraquet and earlier 90 Day Men. The production of the Rats single is pretty raw and leaves little to the imagination, adding to the urgency and jagged-ness of the two songs. At times the snare does get a little lost in the frenzy but after a few listens it actually adds charm.

A-side "Rats" races along, stopping off at the odd stop-starty breakdown, and with the utmost disrespect for 4/4 timing. The guitars buzz with hammer-ons and pull-offs, with the bass filling in the gaps, each time change being as unexpected as the next. "Less a Roof, More a Ceiling" twists and turns, almost losing itself in the process before briefly settling down and breaking into an unsettling jazzy part that almost sounds as if the guitars are playing entirely different songs.

At 45rpm the songs are short serrated blasts, and are over before one is able to fully comprehend them. Being their debut release, Rats is an appetizer of what's to come from this trio from the North of England. If their plans are as spontaneous as their music then who knows what's next?

Reviewed by Mike Wright
A staff writer based in London, England, Mike Wright is eternally troubled by the American bastardization of the English language.

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