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Byline: With MAEVE QUIGLEY, DEMELZA de BURCA & JAMES WARD

We Cut Corners' punchy uptempo rock saw the band nominated for the Choice Music Prize for their debut album, the wonderfully titled Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards.

Along with fellow up-and-comers Squarehead and the Lost Brothers they play The Sugar Club as part of the First Music Contact Tour.

They told the Beat: "It's been going great. It's really good fun. We hadn't performed with the Lost Brothers or Squarehead before so it's interesting to share a bill with people who aren't our nearest and dearest.

"There's a social aspect to it that's been fun. I think the bands compliment each other very well too" The duo's debut recieved widespread critical acclaim in the Irish music press for their short punchy numbers and lyrical depth. Usually clocking in under three minutes the songs are in no danger of out staying their welcome.

They said: "It's our sensibility. Because there are only two of us we don't have the luxury of doing long instrumental interludes. But it's not our style to do that anyway. We like to cram as much as we can into two-and-a-half minute songs".

The pair have drawn various comparisons, to the likes of Villagers and even Belle and Sebastian. And while this particular comparison is for the most part wide of the mark, singer John has no qualms about being pigeonholed.

He said: "It's totally understandable. You do it in everyday life. You invariably make comparisons between bands you like in conversation with your friends so it's inevitable that it should happen to us.

"Most of the comparisons have been favourable anyway. To be compared to Conor O'Brien for us is amazing, it's very complimentary".

Aside from the FMC tour, the band are currently working on releasing their album in the UK.

We Cut Corners play The Late Lounge in Kildare tonight and The Workman's Club in Dublin on Saturday with Squarehead and The Lost Brothers.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 9, 2012
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