Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Kut Announce New Single 'Mind Games' Release on 30th March Ahead of Debut Album 'Valley of Thorns' Release on 13th April (May 18th In The US)

Rock category Finalist of the UK Songwriting Contest 2017 and Semi-Finalist of the USA led International Songwriting Competition, The Kut, announces a World Wide Record Deal with Cargo Records for the long-awaited debut album ‘Valley of Thorns'. Known for bringing some of the best independent albums to the fore, including those by The White Stripes, The Black Keys and Jonny Rotten’s Public Image Limited, Cargo Records have now put pen to paper and added The Kut to a long list of UK musicians to join their worldwide roster.

The album, produced by ‘James Le Rock’ (Skindred / Def Leppard / White Zombie / My Vitriol) releases on Friday April 13th . The single, ‘Mind Games’, is the first new offering from the album, and releases on Friday 30th March.

Mind Games was premiered in the UK by Johnny Doom at Kerrang! Radio, and has been featured on BBC Introducing Lancashire by Sean McGinty. (Princess Maha grew up in Lancashire).

John Dryland at Cargo spoke of the record deal, noting that “it’s great to be working with such a hardworking, stellar artist as The Kut on the debut album.”

Active on the UK and European alt.rock scene, The Kut, is the alter-ego of multi-instrumentalist, Princess Maha. The live outfit has seen many guises, with the most recent line up featuring Diana Bartmann (drums) and Stella Vie (bass / bvs). Festival performances have included Download, Camden Rocks Festival, Rebellion Festival, Hard Rock Hell, Glastonbudget, Nice N Sleazy and Strummercamp among others. Meanwhile, tours have spanned the UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Voted into the winning spots of the MTV Brand New Unsigned Poll for 2014, subsequent EP releases and tours have gained support from - deep breath - BBC Introducing Lancashire, Kerrang! Radio, Planet Rock, The Guardian, Metro, Scuzz TV, Kerrang! Magazine, Big Cheese, Metal Hammer, Q and Classic Rock, AXS TV, MTV-U USA and many credible independents.

Maha announced that “It’s an absolute dream come true to sign with Cargo. They are super passionate about their artists - truly one of the UK’s finest. The debut has been a long time coming, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it”.

2017 saw The Kut featured as one of Kerrang! Magazine's Breakthrough Acts of the year, while ‘The Kut EP' was released on 500 limited edition picture discs for Record Store Day 2017, also featuring at number 4 in Kerrang! Magazines Top 10 Record Store Day Releases, alongside Baby Metal and Gerard Way.

The summer saw The Kut playing 21 UK mainland dates, and the year ended with the band claiming the Number 1 Spot in the Beyond 50 Promotions Top 50 Under the Radar UK Bands. Announcements for 2018 have included The Kut being added to the line ups of Camden Rocks Festival, Amplified Festival, Strummercamp Festival, Nice and Sleazy and Rebellion Festival.


The Guardian - Editor’s Pick
“Your snarly singer-guitarist in the latest line up of this doughty girl-grunge trio. Shades of Courtney, Brody and L7, naturally, but with plenty of contemporary haters to aim her barbs at”

“This trio of multi-talented girls with a ‘90s grunge alt-rock sound have been touring all over Europe”

Kerrang! Magazine
“Led by Princess Maha, this is a neat twist on grunge pop”

Q Magazine
"There's a slice of angst-offloading gutter rock that's a kissing cousin of Hole, but The Kut's scuzz-covered family tree also stretches further back to the garage rampages of The Stooges.”

Metal Hammer
"The Kut are like the bastard lovechild of Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson with awesome riffs and chaotic live shows"

Classic Rock Magazine
"Marks the precise point in the Venn diagram where L7 meets I Wanna Be Your Dog meets Courtney Love, which is equal parts terrifying and a cause for long and rowdy celebration. Punk's not dead, pass it on.”

Album Track Listing:


Forthcoming Tour Dates

TBA - Mid -April Album Launch Party, London
05.05 Hashrock Festival, Derby
26.05 Strummercamp Festival, Oldham
27.05 Nice n Sleazy Festival, Morcambe
02.06 Camden Rocks Festival, London - 2pm The Monarch
30.06 Rat InFESTation 2, Facebar, Reading
06.07 Amplified Festival, Gloucestershire
07.07 The Cotswold Inn, Cheltenham
14.07 Wemstock Festival, Wem
22.07 Tramlines Fringe, The Royal Standard, Sheffield
02.08 August: Rebellion Festival, Blackpool


Mind Games - lyrics

Written and arranged by Princess Maha

You’re an ocean to me
Come and wait, in my house
You’re, an ocean to me
Come and lay, in my bed

We’re falling, you know you keep me
We’’re falling, you know you keep me
Maybe it’s the way you turn me on

You’re an ocean to me
Come on play, in my head
Blue devotion to me
Come and lay me down
After all this time running

We’re falling, you know you keep me
We’re falling, you know you keep me
Maybe it’s the way you turn me on