Live Review: Cut Off Your Hands at Popscene 3/5/09
During last week's Noise Pop set, lead singer Nick Johnston of Cut Off Your Hands attempted a stage dive not once, not twice, but three times! Unfortunately, that's just what I heard. I wasn't there to experience it. But, lucky for us all, Cut Off Your Hands rolled back through San Francisco to play a headlining set at Popscene on 3/5. It was quite the experience.
This New Zealand quartet has a sound that straddles indie rock and post-punk, never straying far from those lines. Although that would seem to get repetitive, Cut Off Your Hands manages to thrust itself into your head with spasms of guitars, jolts of vocals, and waves of rhythm that is nothing less than stunning. Their live show is extremely captivating. Their fluid stage presence and lack of down time seem like they're sprinting with no time to catch their breath. And, as an audience member, it too leaves you out of breath. The focus remained on their new album, You & I, out now on Frenchkiss Records. Certainly an album to pick up, but live, it is another world - one that any music fan would appreciate. Take it from bProp: Go see Cut Off Your Hands live.
- Caleb Morairty
*photos courtesy of Jason R. Bow.