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New music review with Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra and The Zutons

Our weekly fix of the best new music as Julia Mason (aka The Decibel Decoder) brings us her review of new singles from Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra Problem Child and The Zutons Pauline

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Artist: Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra

Track: Problem Child

Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra with new single Problem Child
Credit Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra

Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra are back with new single Problem Child.

Guitarist and vocalist Sarah Deegan and drummer Danni Nolan came together while gigging on Dublin’s underground scene. In Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra they draw inspiration from the likes of The Breeders, Courtney Barnett and Elliot Smith. The promise of their debut LP, coming soon via Anon Records, is good news indeed.

Recorded and mixed by Sean Montgomery Dietz and Shane Tobler at Crossroads Studio Kilkenny, the song describes the relatable experience of being young and making mistakes.

The vocals are at the forefront here, with its mix of honest and clever lyricism. This band's music is seeped in the stories of living in Dublin, which is becoming increasingly inhospitable to its young people. As the song progresses it increases in its intensity, perhaps symbolising a degree of hope in the future. Thought-provoking in its story-telling and all encapsulating in its instrumentation, Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra have produced another song which is emotive and passionate. Can’t wait for album release date.

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Artist: The Zutons

Track: Pauline

The Zutons with new single Pauline
Credit Jonathan Turton

The Zutons return with news of their first album together for 16 years.

The Big Decider, is out on 26th April and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers, alongside the band's original producer Ian Broudie. To celebrate this news the band have released their new single Pauline (hoping for a repeat success with a woman's name?! - Ed).   

All breezy beats and with a funk driven vibe, it’s a slice of music loaded with warmth. The percussive elements and layered vocals mix to create a song worthy of the return of The Zutons, and the increase in the power and intensity of the riff towards the end round it off beautifully.

Lead singer and guitarist Dave McCabe says: “We went to Palm Springs for a band holiday a few years ago. We had mushrooms and it was one of the best days of my life. I wrote the song a few months later. Pauline was the first song we worked on for the album as a band, so it gave us momentum. I was listening to a lot of Hot Chocolate at the time I wrote it, and I think that shows. It’s been going down great on the tour, it’s already a live favourite in the set, it’s always great to get that feedback from an audience, that’s when you know you’re on to a winner.”

Tickets for The Zuton’s full UK tour are on general sale now here.  A second date at Pryzm in Kingston has been added on Sat 27th April.

The Zutons - April 2024 UK headline tour

Fri 12 Apr – Marble Factory, Bristol, UK

Sat 13 Apr – New Century Hall, Manchester, UK

Sun 14 Apr – Wylam Brewery, Newcastle, UK - SOLD OUT

Tue 16 Apr – XOYO, Birmingham, UK

Wed 17 Apr – Leadmill, Sheffield, UK

Thu 18 Apr – SWG3 TV Studio, Glasgow, UK

Sun 21 Apr – Engine Rooms, Southampton, UK

Mon 22 Apr – Chalk, Brighton, UK

Wed 24 Apr – Pryzm, Kingston, UK - SOLD OUT

Thu 25 Apr – O2 Academy, Oxford, UK

Fri 26 Apr – Olympia, Liverpool, UK- SOLD OUT

Sat 27 Apr - Pryzm, Kingston, UK


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