Another new release on the cards for June is a new EP from Cardiff three piece Kutosis, We Are The Animal, You Are The City. The band have gone the extra mile with this release, as not only is it a limited edition CD featuring a poster pullout of fan submitted artwork, but it's accompanied by a video for Small Cities, produced by Strand Films.
It's good to see bands trying to think outside the box a little when It comes to putting their music out there - in this current climate it's pretty essential to make the music stand out whichever way possible.
Last year Kutosis played the Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds festival nominated on behalf of Introducing In Wales and it's good to se them go from strength to strength with the new recordings. I caught up with Ian, James and Ben to see what's going on with them in the build up to the new release.
Who are Kutosis?
Ian Jones on guitar and vocals, James Deacon on guitar, bass and vocals and Ben Isaacs on drums and vocals.
What's the band potted history?
After a few line up changes, we settled on the current one in 2007. From our first demos we played a string of high profile shows supporting Babyshambles and the Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster. REPEAT records approached us and released our first single and a track was also included on the compilation This Town Ain't Big Enough For The 22 Of Us alongside other Cardiff bands such as Los Campesinos!.
We self released a further two records, the yoyoyoyoyoyoyo EP and Barbie Hips single, which both subsequently sold out. Then in 2009 we recorded a live session for BBC Introducing In Wales and later in the year we were invited to play on the BBC Introducing stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals.
At the start of 2010 we recorded the current EP We Are The Animal, You Are The City and are currently writing and demoing songs for a full length album to be released later in the year.
What are your musical influences?
There are so many influences but recently the main ones have been bands such as Health, Liars, Les Savy Fav and Future Of The Left.
What have been the band's highlights so far?
Obviously playing at the Reading and Leeds festivals was an amazing experience. We had a really good time on the Friday night and the turnout was better than we could have expected. The crowd seemed to still be pretty fresh faced and up for it at that point.
We had a few problems getting to the Leeds site the next day though when we had a flat tire on the motorway. It took one hour, three band members, four crew and a prolonged call to the car dealers to change the spare tyre at a service station!
One of our other highlights was when we organised a low key Reading and Leeds festival warm-up gig in our old practice space in Cardiff.
We sent out texts and Facebook messages asking people to meet in the Royal Oak pub. To be honest I don't think the pub knew what hit them when everyone turned up on what would otherwise have been a quiet Saturday evening. Everyone then headed to our practice room for what was most probably the sweatiest gig we've played, violating all health and safety regulations.
Tell me about your We Are The Animal... EP.
It will be released on 21 June on Twisted By Design. It will be a strictly limited run of CDs which will include fan-submitted art work, and will also be available via the usual digital outlets.
Musically the tracks on this EP are a bridge between what was on the yoyoyoyoyoyoyo EP and the new material for our album.
You've also gone with Cardiff's Twisted By Design to release it, what made you go for that decision, are you big fans of the Twisted club night?
The compilation of 22 Cardiff bands that Twisted By Design previously put out was pretty good at getting exposure for local acts, some of which have gone onto do really well, such as Los Campesinos!.
We know Gary who runs Twisted and he was looking to put out a new release and we had just recorded the EP, so it all seemed to come together. The nights have been a Cardiff staple for years and a lot of the local scene have probably got to know one another from going to the Twisted By Design nights, so it's been really important in that respect.
Who made the video for the single, Small Cities?
The video was made by a friend of ours who goes under the name of Strand Films. She recently moved to Cardiff from Swansea so you may well be seeing some more videos in the near future.
Video link - www.vimeo.com/9894278
Kutosis on Myspace: www.myspace.com/kutosis