“…an infectiously upbeat creation…” – Gigslutz
Playing on the live circuit and building a following around their energetic and engaging live shows, the band recently hit the studio to construct their debut full length album, featuring a plethora of new material as well as some reworked Cut Capers classics. Taking inspiration from bands such as The Cat Empire, Caravan Palaceand Lazy Habits, their cross-genre blend of swing, hip hop, ska and everything in between is a stimulating musical melting pot which is just as impressive on record as the bands burgeoning live reputation.
Before Cut Capers became the eight-piece swinging hip hop powerhouse they are today, they started from humble beginnings in a spare room. Bristol based school friends Nick Van Tinteren (guitar) and Mark Pearce(vocals & tenor sax), had a vision of building a high energy blend of hip hop with swing and ska to create a fun live experience. Adding Galizian emcee Eloy Bandin (vocals), and Matt Sunderland on drums, the group released their first EP Pinstripe Tux as a five piece in 2012. Gigging around Bristol, they continued to meet like-minded musicians and beefed out the brass with the enormous Tommy Taylor (baritone sax), Angel Rodriguez (trumpet), and the incredible female vocal stylings of Jane Thomas. Completing their eclectic and international line up with Dan Plimmer (bass), the band has developed a close personal bond, sharing a combined vision of exploring different styles with a view to having as much fun as possible!
Cut Capers have performed at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair, and toured Belgium, France, Holland and Ireland. Jimmy Cliff described them as “Inspiring”, and they’ve also shared stages with ska legends Neville Staple and Jerry Dammers. With their debut album planned for March, the band is bringing their vibrant sound to a wider audience both at home and further afield.
Say What is out now via Two Wheel Records.