CUFFS- ‘Private View’ from ‘Private View’ 7"
Why did Pants Yell! not conquer the world? Oh yeah, the world is dim and dumb and deaf and blind. Well if you missed on Pants Yell! then make sure you pick up on Andrew Churchman’s CUFFS, for they are equally the stuff of legend. Everything about this record thrilled me when I first heard it, and it simply thrills me still.
Now I like a bit of rough and raw r’n’r from the garage as much as the next person, but I like my edges shaved just ever so slightly. I long for those almost imperceptible spots of Pop varnish to the bare, unfinished timber. This is what CUFFS give me. And how. Drums that tumble and rumble over themselves in their eagerness to get to the end; a vocal that by turns mumbles and yelps, supported by manly ‘ba-ba-ba’s in the background of the bedroom; shattered shards of electricity piercing the skies and rolling under the thunder. There is even a perfunctory, ever-so-slightly wonky tricky guitar solo. Awesome.
Play loud. Then play loud again.