Those Who Were Hung Hang Here





So not only does Canada have half-priced prescription drugs and an overabundance of flu shots, but they also have a seemingly never ending stream of great new music. The next in an uber long line of great stuff to come out of Canada in the last couple of years is Uncut. The band began as a techno meets indie rock project between roommates Jake Fairley and Ian Worang. Fairley was already an established techno producer in Toronto, but both men shared a desire to blend the aggressiveness of punk with the precision of techno. They released a single titled "Understanding The New Violence" in 2003, but shortly after agreeing to put out a full length, Jake decided to go to Germany, where he became the toast of the town. Needless to say, he ditched out on his pal and Uncut. However, undeterred, Ian recruited some of his buddies and formed a more traditional rock unit out of Uncut. Still incorporating elements of their electronic-inspired past, Uncut now focuses more on making toe-tapping rock music. Dark and heavy on the guitar, Those Who Were Hung Hang Here clocks in at under 40 minutes, but Uncut proves that that's enough time to develop a complete album. Starting out with an electronic blip-type intro, the album quickly leaps into a new version of "Understanding The New Violence". With a driving bass line, steady, pounding drums and crunchy, choppy guitar work, the song sets the tone for the rest of the album. Throughout, the understated drone of Ian's vocals blend into the mix, sometimes being totally enveloped by it. "Copilot"'s verses are filled with soft vocals and programmed percussion, but it instantly erupts into a chorus of feedback drenched power chords. There's something about "Intentions Change" that reminds me of Billy Idol's "White Wedding", but I'm pretty sure that's not the vibe they were going for. As a whole, this record is well worth spending time with. Fans of Longwave, Interpol, The Stills, and New Order will have no trouble adopting Uncut.

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Those Who Were Hung Hang Here