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Silk Cut

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In a way Auckland band Silk Cut are simply thinking aloud. Drawing on their affection for 60’s and 70’s British TV and early 90’s shoegaze, they are at once eccentric and perfectly normal. Their themes are arbitrary, as if having volunteered themselves - UFOs, shipwrecks, betrayal, obsession, comic book detectives, apparitions. Recorded with a load of reverb and harmony, they present like echo-chamber daydreams.
 
Silk Cut are either a fresh start or a continuation, depending on how you look at it …
 
They are songwriter Andrew Thorne (guitars, voice, sequencers), Aidan Phillips (basses, voice), with Mike Burrows (drums, voice) and Tom Irvine (guitar, voice).

Silk Cut was only an idea at the beginning of 2020. The songs came to Andrew all at once during the nationwide lockdown of March and April. There was indeed no time like the present. Taking the experience of the earlier bands, and referring to old favourites (Radiohead, Ride, The Church, Swervedriver, Slowdive) the songs are still unmistakably Andrew Thorne’s. Guitar is the featured instrument - spacious, textured, melodious, echoed - backed by simple synth washes, vocal harmony and a stately groove. It’s like dreaming you’ve returned to an old home and discovering a room you never realised was there.
 
Recorded between April and July 2021, Silk Cut’s forthcoming releases comprise two self-funded EPs. Both untitled, they’ll be known by their respective cover images (Astronaut and Panda).

The first, Astronaut is to be released in September and has four tracks:

1. Getting In Close
2. Dream King
3. Black Night Sky
4. Undone

Getting In Close is the first single. That and Dream King can be read as Silk Cut’s statement of intent.
 
Less ‘spaced-out’ and more up-tempo than the first EP, Panda has five tracks:

1. Run
2. Build a Fire
3. Lighthouse
4. Walk of a Dead Man
5. Wish You Were Lovely

This EP will be released a few months after the first.
 
The band intends to perform live by the end of 2021, and is already listening for the next song.

Band Members:
Andrew Thorne (guitar, vocals, sequencers)
Aidan Phillips (bass, vocals)
Mike Burrows (drums, vocals)
Tom Irvine (guitar, vocals).

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