The 32nd band to step into the hallowed Ones To Watch spotlight are spiky grunge purists The Kut.
The Kut are Princess Maha (vocals/guitars), Diana Bartmann (drums) and Stella Vie (bass/backing vocals).
A frenetic and fiery three-piece in the live arena, The Kut is actually the alter-ego of multi-instrumentalist lynchpin Princess Maha. Musically, the London based trio’s grungy sounds nod towards everyone from Hole to Nirvana to L7 and The Distillers, yet despite wearing their inescapable influences on their sleeves, crucially they have their own indelible, attitude-packed imprint.
A musical project since the start of the decade, the band have steadily been building up a loyal following thanks to their searing live shows and rocking anthems like ‘Mario’ and the scintillating ‘I Don’t Need Therapy’, which was lifted from their 2015 EP ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ and playlisted on Wyatt’s New Rock Show. With their career nicely simmering, last year they unleashed ‘The Kut EP’ on 500 limited edition picture discs for Record Store Day, picked up widespread plaudits in the national press and played over 50 shows in the UK.
Kicking things up a gear, The Kut started 2018 by announcing a record deal with Cargo Records and in March they premiered their massive new single ‘Mind Games’ on Kerrang! Radio. The potent anthem paved the way nicely for The Kut’s passionate and riff-heavy debut album ‘Valley of Thorns’, which was produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred, Def Leppard, White Zombie) and debuted at no.7 on the UK Rock Albums Chart when it was released earlier this month. Primed to bring their sounds to the masses, The Kut are playing a series of festivals throughout the summer, their own yet-to-be-announced headline shows plus a trio of gigs with The Dead Daisies’ Marco Mendoza.
See The Kut at the following shows:
Oldham, Strummercamp Festival – 26th
Morecambe, Nice n Sleazy Festival – 27th
Camden Rocks Festival, London – 2nd (2pm @ The Monarch)
Bournemouth Anvil Rockbar – 3rd (w/ Marco Mendoza)
Manchester Rebellion – 7th (w/ Marco Mendoza)
Sheffield Corporation – 8th (w/ Marco Mendoza)
Reading, Rat InFESTation 2, Facebar – 30th
Gloucestershire, Amplified Festival UK – 6th
Cheltenham The Cotswold Inn – 7th
Wemstock Festival 2018 – 14th
Tramlines Fringe Sunday, The Royal Standard, Sheffield – 22nd
Blackpool, Rebellion Punk Music Festival – 2nd
East Sussex, Byline Festival – 24th
Stevenage, Wilkestock – 31st
Manchester, Sonder Festival – 27th to 30th
Manchester, The Star & Garter- 27th
Croydon Rocks Festival 2018 – 4th