Cuthero

City Of Murders

City Of Murders


Reviewed By Justin Donnelly
Published 12/09/2007

City of Churches rockers are one to watch

After more than five years together, Adelaide (South Australia) based rock outfit Sumi decided to take an extended break earlier in the years, with their second E.P. Constellations looking more than likely to be the final release from the modestly successful group. But while the break-up of Sumi is somewhat of a disappointment for those in the know (Especially given their potential), it's not all bad news as all of the members have since moved forward onto other equally impressive new projects.

One of the first to emerge with something new is singer/songwriter/guitarist Alan Grillo, who alongside guitarist John De Michele (Who is also the bassist for City Riots), bassist Mark Beckett and drummer Liam McClory (Both from Fivestar) have formed Cuthero, with City Of Murders their debut release. Comprising of four tracks, Cuthero's debut is hardly what you would call a lengthy effort. But what it lacks in quantity, it well and truly makes up for in absolute quality.

At just over a minute and a half in length, Movielines (Like Stealing Candy From A Baby) is more like an introduction piece to the E.P., with a huge Jesu like wall of sound emerging from the guitars, while the vocals performance is a hypnotic mantra (Comprising of five words) that is both catchy and mesmerising in its stunning simplicity. A little livelier and rockier sounding, Familiar takes the wall of noise principal of the former track while adding some clever twists and turns in the riff structures, while the chorus is again memorable and anthem like, while the title track City Of Murders marks another change of direction, with the guitars sounding a little more direct and less layered, with the heavily harmonised vocals taking a little more of the spotlight feature wise. Finishing up the E.P. is (Art Imitating Life Imitating) Idiocy Imitating Art, which again is a little more streamlined in the instrumentation department, but no less impressive with a chorus that is literally begging for some radio play.

Although barely less than a year old, Cuthero's debut E.P. sounds like the work of a seasoned band who has more than managed to find a sound that is found through countless gigs and rehearsals. Mark my words when I say Cuthero is a huge band in the making.

(Independent Release)

City Of Murders

Reviewed By Justin Donnelly
Published 12/09/2007