Posted by: rowenawilcox | September 6, 2010

#Music_Monday: KUTOSIS

Magical lyrics, catchy chorus’ and an unbelievably addictive sound; welcome KUTOSIS.

With the distinctive sound and energy these three punk trailblazers deliver, it’s no wonder their EP has been critically acclaimed so they just had to be featured for this week’s #Music_Monday Q&A.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usTweet Cardiff: How did you guys get started as a band?
KUTOSIS: Jim [Lemurien] (bass) and Ian [Herrisson](guitar/vocals) met at university and attended lots of gigs in Cardiff by some inspiring bands like Martini Henry Rifles and Mclusky. After deciding to start our own band, an advert was posted for a drummer, which Ben [Loup] responded to. A couple of practices later, the first gig we played together as three-piece was in the Rhythm Factory in London. The next day we marked the occasion with some fine bagels from Brick Lane. It’s important for bands to have interests outside of music too, and thankfully KUTOSIS share an enthusiasm for good sandwiches.

TC: What’s been your fave gig so far?
K: We’ve played some very memorable gigs so far, including Reading and Leeds festivals last year on the BBC Introducing stage. We’re also really looking forward to playing Swn Festival this October. However, if we had to pick one gig that stands out for us, it would have to be one of the first gigs we played in Newport’s Le Pub. A crazy naked woman wielding a smashed bottle of Smirnoff Noir invaded the stage attempting to cause harm to Jim. She was promptly escorted by security and we resumed to finishing our seven song set. Memorable.

TC: What are the best and worst things about touring?
K: The best things about touring are the excitement of going to new places, meeting new people and getting the chance to play in front of different audiences. The downsides tend to be automobile related. Whether it’s a flat tyre, a window falling out, another car driving into ours, or getting clamped.

TC: Where do you see yourselves in the next five years?
K: Five years is a long time to think ahead, so who knows. We’ve just released an EP [‘we are the animal, you are the city’] and are now working on our debut album, which we’re super excited about. We’re recording with Rory Brattwell [ex-Test Icicles and Kasms] this Autumn and we’re looking to release the album next Spring.

TC: Where do you get your influences and inspiration from?
K: All three of us are music fans. We’re doing this because we love music, and there’s always new and old stuff that we’re searching out and getting inspired by. That said, Les Savvy Fav, Health, Liars and Future of the Left are our main musical touchstones.

TC: What would you be doing if you weren’t in the band?
K: We’d all still be playing our instruments and coming up with ideas for songs, getting frustrated that we’re not in a band. Other than that, maybe we’d open a sandwich shop.

TC: Which 3 guests would you invite to dinner (dead or alive)?
K: The Earl of Sandwich, so he could tell us about the origin of the sandwich; The guy who does the voiceover on Come Dine With Me so he could provide a witty running commentary of the dinner; and the woman wielding a smashed bottle of Smirnoff Noir at the Le Pub gig – we’d just like to know what we did to offend her.

TC: If you could all have a superhuman power, what would it be and why?
K: Our super human power would be the ability to transform ourselves into Larry David. We could then deal with any situation that required his subtle brand of social skills.

TC: Anything you guys would like to add?
K: Our latest EP, ‘we are the animal, you are the city’ (released on the Twisted By Design label), is available from

#Tweet_Tip: All of the tracks on the new EP are fantastic, although the stand out track has to be ‘…The Man Is A Ghost’. KUTOSIS are definitely here to stay.


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