Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ We Cut Corners

We Cut Corners

We Cut Corners are a “two-piece band from Dublin, Ireland, who play short, stop-start indie-pop songs on drums and guitar.” Before the release of their new album Think Nothing, we caught up with the band to discuss modern escapism, their favourite concerts, and playing tennis. Read the entire interview below:

AMBY: Hey We Cut Corners, welcome to our site! Please introduce yourselves to our readers.

We Cut Corners: We are a two-piece band from Dublin, Ireland, who play short, stop-start indie-pop songs on drums and guitar.  We released our debut album, Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards, in 2012 and we are about to release its follow-up, T H I N K N O T H I N G at the beginning of May.  We like Vampire Weekend, The Dirty Projectors, Mac Demarco, Agnes Obel and Sharon Van Etton and our favorite color is a low-blue.

AMBY: How would you describe each other in one word?

We Cut Corners: Obsessive.

AMBY: What’s the story behind your latest single Blue?

We Cut Corners: It is a document on isolation and loneliness, brought on by the dissolution of a once-rosey romantic partnership presented in an uncompromising musical kick to the stomach.

AMBY: You soon release your new album Think Nothing this May. What can fans expect to hear from the record?

We Cut Corners: We have, with this record, broadened the sonic palette somewhat, lifting the self-imposed timbral minimalism of our first record with the introduction of a string section, synthesizers and any other bells and whistles that we felt would benefit the songs.  The album clocks in at just over 27 minutes but we have tried to pack as much musical muscle and drama into the ten songs as we could muster.

AMBY: What’s the significance behind the LP’s title Think Nothing?

We Cut Corners: The album is a document of modern escapism set to a largely noisy, high-tempo backdrop. It’s features a slew of observations on how people opt out of the banalities of reality through sex, prescription drugs, violence, the internet, infidelity & more besides.  This escapism is fundamentally destructive and the album touches on the isolation and loneliness that inevitably ensues.

Reinforcing the overarching theme of the album, the title alludes to an attempt to shut out garish white-noise of modern living…a kind of ‘self-talk’ or mantra that is clearly paradoxical (in that it ends up reinforcing that which it’s trying to shut out) and is ultimately self-defeating.

AMBY: What is the best show you’ve ever played?

We Cut Corners: We played in a massive art space in Moscow, Russia last year.  It was essentially a large white cube with a stage positioned at one end.  There was a live VJ filming our performance and projecting live images on each of the four walls.  It was quite over-whelming and at times somewhat distracting (!) but it created an otherworldly audio-visual experience with us and the audience at its centre.

AMBY: Who would be in your ultimate concert line-up?

We Cut Corners: Phoenix, Mac De Marco, St Vincent, Angel Olsen, Dustin O Halloran, and Paul Simon.

AMBY: Which other artists from Dublin should we listen to?

We Cut Corners: Fionn Regan.  He has released four of our favorite ever albums, each a work of unequivocal beauty, meticulously crafted and perfectly presented.  Check him out!

AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about We Cut Corners that nobody knows yet.

We Cut Corners: We play tennis.  We aren’t particularly good at it but we’re very enthusiastic.

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Thank you We Cut Corners, for giving us your answers!

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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout

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