CutCapersLast month Bristol’s Cut Capers released their debut album ‘Say What’, a collection of 15 tracks of Gypsy-Swing-Ska-genre defying music that got us all dancing here at FM (you can read our review of it here). But the band have also had a long and interesting history to them from long before their debut album.

Starting initially when school friends Nick Van Tinteren (guitar) and Mark Pearce (sax and vocals) decided they wanted to create a band who blended hip-hop with swing and ska to create music that would not only great fun to play, but also produce an amazing live experience for anyone who fancied watching. Adding Matt Sunderland on drums and original bassist Zack Bedieda they had the foundations of their band. Their first step in crafting a truly unique sound came with the addition of Eloy Bandin, a Galizian (that’s a regional culture of Spain) rapper, to the mix.

Producing their debut EP ‘Pinstripe Tux’ with this line up, the band began to establish their reputation around their local Bristol scene. It was through this that they came across both Tom Taylor (sax) and Angel Rodriguez (trumpet) to fill out a full brass section, another distinct flavour to their sound. Finally they added the vocals of Jane Thomas who had just happened to sit in on a practice after playing some open mics with guitarist Nick. While I’m sure it is a bit of a nightmare coordinating an 8-piece band, the sheer range of influences has resulted in a great melting pot of sound, and as Nick and Mark originally intended – a great live show.

With the release of several singles, appearances at Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair and Secret Garden Party and countless gigs the band have never looked back. The only change being new bassist Dan Plimmer, who seamlessly fitted into the bands sounds coming just before the release of the album.

I dropped in on their recent London show to check it out for myself and have to say that it was the most fun I’ve had watching a band in a long time!

Cut Capers’ debut album ‘Say What’ is out now via Two Wheel Records.