CUT_ @ Eagle Inn, Salford
Juxtaposition is the order of the day at the Eagle Inn, Salford, from the O'Neill Brothers gritty acoustic songs, to CUT_, an electronic dance/trip-hop duo from Amsterdam
Words and photos: Anthony Firmin
Believe it or not, we here at ManchesterRocks don’t just turn up to gigs, we do try to do some research if we know who all the bands are before we arrive at a gig. However, for tonight’s show that research didn’t go too well. A search for information about the O’Neill Brothers resulted in a news article about similarly named Manchester brothers (presumably unrelated) who were jailed for drug dealing by hiding cocaine and heroin in Kinder Eggs – now that would have been a surprise. Neither are these two are not to be confused with the identically named instrumental piano duo in the USA who have produced a plethora of CD’s of what can only be described as elevator music. No, these two Mancunian guitarists are fairly anonymous about from a basic Facebook page but this, it transpires, is because they have only just started gigging, their debut was at this same venue less than a month ago.
Dominic and Christy O’Neill are an acoustic blues duo playing songs that reflect real life, perhaps a little cynical but definitely show a maturity that belies their age along with some serious slide playing that works in with the songs perfectly. Living A Lie relates to going back their home-town only to discover things are not the same, they are seeing things through different eyes. A cover of Ray LaMontagne’s Jolene is welcome but the best song was the last, Break The Mold, in which the interplay of the guitars worked wonderfully.
The Eagle Inn is an interesting little venue, found at the back of the pub after navigating a short maze of passages, where the sound system is excellent and the lights are pointing at the legs and feet of the performers; as I say, it is interesting. And interesting is a good word to describe the main act of the evening, CUT_, who are an Amsterdam based electronic pop duo, bleinding their accessible dance songs and trip-hop and are making waves across the North Sea having taken part in high profile festivals – a complete juxtaposition of musical styles to the support act. It is a huge shame that the venue is almost empty as this show is a treat. The performance of their songs taken from last years release Chapter I and 2014’s Patterns, is very strong as is evidenced by the opener, Tactics. But CUT_ are not just a dance act, they are about the songs, they an important element, which is what makes this such thoroughly enjoyable gig.