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Don't Cut Me Out by Ten Seconds Of Chaos

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Reviewed on 27th June 2004.


Don't Cut Me Out

By Ten Seconds Of Chaos

Within the limitations of full-on rock guitar-band music Ten Seconds of Chaos squeeze out every possibility to maximum effect. They have an excellent EP here, with no reason at all why they shouldn't rise to the top of this section of the Leeds Festival heap.

What a treat it is to hear a band leading track one bar one with a confident, aggressive and well-recorded drum attack. Well done to Sam Leach. No rock band should dare go out at night without someone this good. And so it continues. There's nothing flashy, no one's playing outside their (generous) limits and the whole package looks and sounds like the real thing. It's up to the kids in the black t shirts to sit up and take notice now, and the big stage awaits.

"Contempt Breeding Frustration" howls that "it's not OK / I'm not fine!" and with Matt Higgins young-sounding, genuine voice, it comes nowhere near the artificial angst that spreads its dank pall over so much fuzzed chord wock. The power and focus of the three instrument assault is perfectly maintained. Moshpit frenzy.

"Miss Farmer" is a lighter tune, with the power kept in reserve for the later section. It also has Matt singing a beautifully pure line with no silly reverb and no histrionics. It works very well. As a tune it could easily be a second section of track one - which is what I thought it was at first. It has a good crisp finish.

"Don't Cut Me Out" is the final and title track. It mixes in some non-rock bits with playful neatness. Did I hear some Andy Summers-ish guitar? Yes, indeed I did. Cheeky monkeys. It works. There's also Metallica-scale gnurliness in the backdrop guitar wash. Plus a bit of unobtrusive but effective electronica/sampling stuff (programming credits to Sam Leach). Paul Relton does the business in the bass department with very tidy, strong playing.

So. Obviously not the kind of artyfarty mould-breaking stuff that has me hopping about - but, like Leeds' prog-rockers Xi, Ten Seconds of Chaos have a genuine voice of their own, with the dedication and skill that makes their chosen music work in a seriously good way. Hurrah for that...



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On 27th June 2004 at 10:59 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

All hail the Baildon Music Scene


On 27th June 2004 at 20:03 Anonymous 1200 wrote...

That's a shame. I hope you get some sunshine soon.



On 27th June 2004 at 20:30 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Yes...Stick to playing guitar and running that label of yours.


On 28th June 2004 at 09:58 Anonymous 1200 wrote...

I'll get me coat


On 28th June 2004 at 10:02 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Taxi for Mr Gomm


On 6th July 2004 at 15:08 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Excuse me there's still a taxi outside for a Mr Gomm. Its meter has been running for 8 days now


On 7th July 2004 at 02:02 Anonymous 1200 wrote...

I can see it from my window - it's a bit of a stalemate really. The longer the driver waits the more I'll have to pay when I finally go outside. But he'll eventually have to go home, whereas I have my nuclear-winter-stockpile of canned goods to see me through. I'm quietly confident.



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