Osaka Street Cutter is an indie rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. The five-piece rock band just released their new single "Noisy Stabber," which reflects the band's new lineup and their brand new sound. Both the band and fans have a little trouble clearly defining the genre of Osaka Street Cutter. They officially label themselves as indie rock, but the truth is that their sound stretches broader than that. As seen from their new single, Osaka Street Cutter uses instruments ranging from synth to trombone, and they make it work. On top of that, the vocals really do a great job of taking the song away. The first thing you will notice is the emotion in the vocals of the first verse. The lyrics tell a story and the vocal style changes throughout the song to drive the story home. The background "woahs" really make you feel what the lead vocals are saying, and it almost made me think I was listening to a Say Anything song. My favorite part of the song is the group vocals at the end of the song. I can just imagine a rowdy crowd screaming these lyrics live. Osaka Street Cutter really did a great job making you feel like you are a part of the song. It's time to add this song to your list of "must see" live songs. If you told me to check out this new song with group vocals, synth, guitar, trombone and keys, and that it was called "Noisy Stabber," I would have no idea what to expect. However, after listening to the song, I can tell you to expect to be pleasantly surprised. If you would like to check out their new single, you can stream it below. If you would like to download or buy it, you can find it here. For more information about Osaka Street Cutter, including some big shows in the near future, check out the interview below.
How was Osaka Street Cutter formed?
It was a confluence of events – we were all originally friends of friends, coworkers, bandmates in other projects, frisbee buddies, etc. The band has gone through a lot of member changes since its inception. This current lineup has only been "officially" together since late July, but the roots of the band go all the way back to 2009. It's been a trip.
How did you come up with the band name "Osaka Street Cutter"?
It's like the briefcase in Pulp Fiction, or the "real story" behind Gus Fring. You'll never know and you don't really want to either. How did you come up with the name "Blake Silcott"?
Who would you say some of your influences are?
One of the best things about having five members in this band is the sound being an amalgamation of five different musical upbringings and tastes. Adrian and Adam have played together in New Orleans style Second-Line Jazz and Americana groups while Evan cites The Who, Charles Mingus, and Bela Fleck as some of his influences. John will never stop talking about how he grew up on The Beatles, Ben Folds, and Weezer, and Dan's god is Hendrix. Just kidding, Dan's all about Insane Clown Posse with a touch of Nickelback. When we make music together, we get to see where everyone else in the band is coming from and learn from each other.
What has been the greatest accomplishment of Osaka Street Cutter so far?
Definitely Noisy Stabber. It's our first song we've recorded and released with our current lineup, so it felt really awesome to get it out there. But we like to think that our best accomplishments are yet to come.
Tell us a little about your new single, "Noisy Stabber."
It's our favorite so far. It started as a stupid I-IV-V chord progression played on a danky old Yamaha at one of the places we practice at back in 2010. We finished writing it in August 2013, about a day before we went into the studio. That's when the last lyrics were finalized. Now it's a pop song with a lot of attitude. Songs are weird.
How was the recording process?
Totally wonderful with huge thanks to Jim Keaney at Devotion Recording (http://devotionrecording.com). The whole thing can be stressful because it's such a cathartic process. It's a whole day of dumping our souls into 0's and 1's. But Jim made the whole experience awesome – he really knows how to help add the missing parts to a song. We weren't expecting to lay down a vintage Moog synth track but it ended up being an important piece to our puzzle.
What are your plans for the near future?
We're playing with A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on Tuesday, October 22 at Great Scott in Allston. We're stoked for that show. AGBP's newest album "You're Always on My Mind" is a masterpiece and we can't wait to hear it live. We'll be playing SXSW in March – the details still need a lot of hashing out, but we can't wait to be part of the Boston community that transplants itself to Austin for one crazy week. We Bostonians are a rowdy and excited people and it should be funny to watch what happens when you put us in Texas. We're also going back in the studio in a month or so to record another song. Then after that, another single? An EP? A full-length album?
Is your single "Noisy Stabber" a good indication of what to expect from the next album by Osaka Street Cutter?
It's hard to tell what our music will be like in the future, but it is a glimpse into the "new Osaka." So, yes and no. There's not going to be another Osaka Street Cutter song that sounds like "Noisy Stabber Pt. 2" ever. We're too wacky and schizophrenic to stick to the indie synth-pop formula song after song. We love "Noisy Stabber" for whatever it is, and we've got some more cool music for you coming soon!
Are you currently signed? Are you looking to be signed?
We're not currently signed but we're also not really sure what "signed" means anymore. Do we want companies to support our music and give us money to do cool things like the tour the world? Yeah, that'd be alright. But they're not touching our process of creation – you kill that, you kill Osaka. Let's see what the future holds.
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