Spawned from the break-up of Vomitory CUT UP are here with a new slab of Swedish death metal excellence. Answers from Tobias G. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-We found it very hard. We wanted a band name that was quite short and easy to remember. At the same time it should be kinda in your face, and instantly tell what the music and lyrics are all about. We also didn’t want a band name that has an obvious connection to another band. But with that said, I can tell that I got our band name from the song “Dead, cut up and ready to fuck” by The Ravenous, haha
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-Cut Up was formed in the beginning of 2014 by me, Tobias Gustafsson the drummer, and Erik Rundqvist, bassist/vocalist extraordinaire. Anders Bertilsson (guitar) and Andreas Björnson (guitar & vocals) were very soon added to the line-up and the band was complete. We quickly wrote an album’s worth of material, went into the studio and recorded it by the end of 2014, sent it out to a few labels and eventually got signed to Metal Blade Records. Our debut album “Forensic Nightmares” was released in July 2015 and got massive positive feedback from fans and the metal media. Some people surely know us from our previous bands – Vomitory, Coldworker and Fetus Stench.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-I don’t think you actually “pick” anything intentionally. You get influenced by everything you listen to in one way or the other. That’s how I experience it.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Maybe not like a movement, but definitely a part of the worldwide metal scene. But maybe that’s the same thing haha. I get the impression that metal fans (that are not musicians) see themselves as part of this movement, and I think it’s great. Metal is unique in that way. We shall stand up for each other.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-I think it’s important. It’s part of the whole image of the band, and contributes to the overall impression of what you want to present to the listener. The same goes for the artwork too of course. That’s even way more important than the promo shots, I think
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Lyrics of other death metal bands, movies, books and our own sick imagination are the main sources where we get the inspiration for our lyrics. Our lyrics are important in the way that they should complement and enhance the brutality in our music, and therefore our lyrics are not exactly about flowers and bees. It’s also important that they are written in such way that they work great rhythmically to the song. It’s harder than one might think actually.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-To an extent, yes it does. But I don’t believe that it affects the metal scene as much as for example pop and dance music. There it is more or less dead, I guess. The album format is still very relevant in metal. Metal fans actually still buy albums, which is fantastic. But the golden era of the albums – 70’s-80’s – are long gone unfortunately. But on the other hand, I think the digital revolution is great in many ways. It’s great to have the option to choose from the two. Or both.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Who knows? I believe that the physical format will always be there to an extent though. It will never die completely, thanks to dedicated music lovers, such as metal heads. But the digital format will continue to reign in the future, because of its convenience and availability. What other formats that’s in the future, time will tell.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-Not so much yet, unfortunately. But we do love to play live, and the live shows we have done so far have been fucking solid, I tell you. We’re dying to get out there a lot more to show what Cut Up is about. A live experience with Cut Up is a lesson in musical violence
What lies in the future?
-We have a number of club shows and festivals booked during 2017, which we very much are looking forward to. That’s what we’re going to do in the nearest future. You can check our live dates on our website, http://www.cutupofficial.com and our Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/cutupofficial. It’s being updated regularly. Cheers!