the cut*off

the cut*off

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Think catchy, raw and accessible indie rock. "Love meets Supergrass meets the Kinks meets the Pixies. Very well done melodic material that also has teeth." - Greg Bartalos of The Big Takeover

Biography

the cut*off brief biography:

In a town filled with spurs, boots, 10 gallon hats and a fair share of honky-tonks the cut off have released 3 albums, had a track on "Hey, A Pixies Tribute, played/toured constantly and figured out a way to "create something that feels completely familiar yet still totally new." Born and raised in Cowtown (Fort Worth, TX) the members of the cut off take a dash of the country vibe they grew up around and add it with "garage/psychedelic drone" and "art/pop sensibility".

Words from the critics about the cut*off:

"Love meets Supergrass meets the Kinks meets the Pixies. Very well done melodic material that also has teeth."

"Beginners is a masterful showing, a record that grows richer with each successive spin"

"The cut*off has gone from Pixies-style rockers to quite the multi-dimensional gem in just a couple-a years, blending art-rock, punk and McCartney-esque choruses into a melange of singular excellence."

"Fort Worth's The Cut*Off conjured up the best set of songs for the band's excellent third effort, Packaged Up for Beginners. By melding the garage/psychedelic drone of the old efforts with a newfound art/pop sensibility."

"fascinatingly languid conglomeration of '60s garage/psychedelia and '90s grunge leftovers"

"...The right way to do '60's-ish jamboree-style rock is a la the cut*off's new Rorschach e.p... All five songs are exemplary..."

"Can't hold 'em down: The dudes in the cut*off have matured into a marquee indie-rock outfit."

"Cowtown's fascinatingly languid conglomeration of '60s garage/psychedelia and '90s grunge leftovers."

"The new e.p. represents a big step forward, artistically. Rorschach’s five songs pack more unadulterated rock than most major acts’ full-lengths. With droning melodies and fuzzed guitars, the band evokes everything from the Doors to Nirvana — guitarist and singer Kyle Barnhill’s snarl can be a dead ringer for Kurt’s — to the Pixies, which band members, all in their mid-20s, claim to adore. Rorschach makes it plain that these guys can write some intense rock songs."

"With its loosey-goosey arrangement and lazy guitar strumming that sounds like it’s coming from an old Rickenbacker, “Adults We Know” conjures up the dank, dark East Village basement clubs where ’60s-era psychedelics like the Velvet Underground performed in sunglasses. With its locomotive rhythm, squalling guitars, and bullet mic action, “Hold Me Down” is a trip to the Austin honkytonks where tattooed Gen-X rednecks began incorporating grunge into their a-pickin’ and a-spittin’. "

This has led the cut*off to receive comparisons with bands such as: Pixies, Beatles, Pavement, Nirvana, Velvet Underground, The Animals, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Mudhoney.

the cut*off have been nominated as "Best New Artist", "Best Rock Artist", "Best Rock Song" and "Best Rock Album" by the Fort Worth Weekly. Also the cut*off was a quarter-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC).

Lyrics

Black Market Value

Written By: kyle barnhill

it's a beautiful life we live
mine's a sea of shit and I'm swimming in it

but I'll take my fun
take my fun where ever
I can get it

and i'll shoot my guns
blast them off with no bullets
Yeah

it all equals none
shaving it down to no secrets
______________________
I'm running out
Excuses don't matter
I'm running out
And the pieces don't add up,
no no no
_______________________

my wells are dry
find it hard to find anything

take my time
and sell it off for more money

boxing it up
packaged up for beginners
Yeah

shooting it out
banging it out with the sinners
________________________
I'm running out
Excuses don't matter
I'm running out
And the pieces don't add up,
no no no
________________________

I'm running out
Excuses don't matter
I'm running out
And the pieces don't add up,
no no no

it's a beautiful life we live (repeats until the end of the song)

Waiting In The Dark

Written By: Kyle Barnhill

I dream of a thousand ways to kill
As I lie motionless
Quite unusual for you
To be so careless
How unsuspecting you became
As I lie here waiting
Just for the moment to be right
Lying there for the taking

I’ll be here waiting in the dark
Think of the rules we’re breaking
I’ll be here waiting in the dark
Till my nerves are shaken

Grow stiff from the motion up above
Still I lie here
Dream of the pleasures offered up
By you my dear
How unsuspecting you became
As I lie here waiting
Just for the moment to be right
Lying there for the taking

I’ll be here waiting in the dark
Think of the rules we’re breaking
I’ll be here waiting in the dark
Till my nerves are shaken

Big House

Written By: Kyle Barnhill

I want to live in a big house
I’d pile my money into stacks I could count
Lie around the fireplace fooling about
In a big house

I want to drive in a big car
Every where I go the people know who we are
Sell my soul to live the life of a star, and a big house
And a big car

Oh, You try
Struggle but you’ll never get by
All you really need’s some healthy greed in your life
And a big house

Walk the walls where the halls are adorned
Got all the paintings that you can’t afford
Bought up cheap at a knock off store
For your big house

I want to die in a big house
Rest my bones let me sit for a while
Shut yourself in, but keep the world out
Of a big house

Pleased To Please You

Written By: Kyle Barnhill

Got a mind like a brick
A one track juggernaut
Hell on fire on a wheel
Tie my tongue into knots

Trying to get through to you makes me
Throw down my hands and cry
So why can’t I please you

You know you couldn’t believe
To extent or degree
But that’s the state that we live
State of hypocrisy
We work our hands to the bone
To find a place to call our own
So why can’t I please you

What a pretty picture it would be
Follow the steps of y and z
What pretty kids their kids would be
They’ll all grow up to be on TV
I’m working the grind
Trying to pay my dues
So why can’t I please you

Need A Release

Written By: Kyle Barnhill

Seems to be, when lost in conversation
Finding a way to find a way is tiring
Mind is shot from thinking
Found a refuge in staying in

You’d need a release if you knew like I do
But, you won’t listen to me, now honey

And of the war, I’ve got a brother there
My Mother says it’s frightening, a news report
Another hundred dead
How’s about a bullet in your head instead

You’d need a release if you knew like I do
But, you won’t listen to me, now honey

And of the sun, burning, blistered, breathing
A thousand reasons to be bleak
Count on your luck and pick a god to pray to
Can they really save you from a life in hell?

You’d need a release if you knew like I do
But, you won’t listen to me, now honey

Enjoy The Weather

Written By: Kyle Barnhill

There are signs in the wind
And it stands to reason
The wind, when it blows
We get blown to pieces

The lands over seas
Building up defenses
The time, time has come
Come back to your senses

Kings will fall into the peasants
March us on to Armageddon

Nations boom overseas
Putting chips in people
The talk of the beast
Echoes in the steeple
The time, time has come
So enjoy the weather
For it won’t be long
Till we’re all together

Kings will fall into the peasants
March us on to Armageddon

Discography

Packaged Up For Beginners (2008) - Summer Break Records - Picked in the Top 5 from The Big Takeover. Several songs are getting radio play from college stations.

THE RORSCHACH E.P. (2006) - Summer Break Records - The EP was #3 in the top 10 albums of 2006 in the Dallas Observer. 3 songs from our EP have been getting radio play from several college stations.

Hey, A Pixies Tribute- released Jan 2004
Our cover of Monkey Gone to Heaven was chosen to be on this Pixies tribute album

Polarity (lp) - self released Oct. 2003
polarity has had 3 songs get radio play on local college stations.

Set List

black market value
better off dead
enjoy the weather
shanghaied
unarius
big house
pleased to please you
adults we know
hold me down
luggage for light years
going west
the basement theory
porcelin

Typically our sets are 40-50 minutes but, we can adjust to play longer or shorter. If we play a cover song it would more than likely be a Pixies song. Most of the time either Monkey Gone to Heaven, Gouge Away or Where is my Mind.