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Unsane’s Chris Spencer reviving The Cutthroats 9, releasing a new album & touring (dates & stream)

by Ian Chainey

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Cutthroats 9

California’s the Cutthroats 9 are back with a new release and a tour. The noise rockers recently dropped “Dissention,” the first taste of their new full-length Dissent, which will be available on LP June 3 through Lamb Unlimited and on CD June 24 via Repitilian Records. Dissent marks the first release for the Unsane-related outfit since 2001’s Anger Management. To ring in the event, the trio will accompany Black Cobra and Årabrot on a short swing through the West Coast.

Formed in 2000 by Chris Spencer after the hiatus of Unsane and his subsequent move to the left coast, the Cutthroats 9 scrapped together a similar-on-the-surface yet divergent-in-feel sound, subbing out the terror of Unsane’s Pre-Giuliani New York for something a touch closer to gut-bucket bluster. Spencer’s distorted roar and driving guitars remained the focal point, but the compositions were far looser in delivery. This shift endeared the group to stoner haven Man’s Ruin Records, on which they released their eponymous LP in 2000. This released was sandwiched between a single, You Should Be Dead, and the aforementioned Anger Management EP.

After Unsane reformed in 2003, it was assumed the trio was shelved forever, which makes their return all the more surprising. Old Grand Dad’s Will Carroll reclaims drummer’s throne while the low end duties are now handled by 16’s Tony Baumeister. Together with Spencer, the three ably recreate the energy of the older incarnation while flexing a canny veteran muscle. “Dissention” slips and slides with bluesy strides, remaining moored thanks to a thunderous rhythm section.

The heavier, measured sound is a good fit for the band, especially considering their choice of touring mates. Black Cobra’s sludgy guitar and drums duo are noted speaker slayers while the acclaimed Norwegian Årabrot also wield walls of distortion in service of their sea-sick punk. Following this late May run, Black Cobra heads north for a Canadian tour with Anciients and Black Wizard, while Årabrot flies back to Europe for fests and select UK dates with Converge.

All of the dates, along with the Dissent track listing, “Dissention” stream, and Black Cobra/Årabrot tasters appear below…

THE CUTTHROATS 9 w/ Black Cobra, Årabrot 2014 Tour
5/22/2014 Slims – San Francisco, CA
5/23/2014 Audies Olympic – Fresno, CA
5/24/2014 Winters Tavern – Pacifica, CA
5/25/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
5/26/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

The Cuttthroats 9 – Dissent LP Track Listing:
A1. Speak
A2. Trouble
A3. Eraser
A4. Hit The Ground
B1. Dissension
B2. We Could
B3. Induction

Black Cobra w/ Anciients and Black Wizard Tour
6/20 Calgary, AB @ Sled Island Festival
6/21 Saskatoon, SK @ Rock Bottom
6/22 Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
6/26 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
6/27 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
6/28 Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar Le Magog
6/29 Rimouski, QC @ Cactus Show Bar
6/30 Fredericton, NB @ The Capital Winter Club
7/2 Charlottetown, PEI @ Hunter’s Ale House
7/3 Moncton, NB @ The Caveau
7/4 Halifax, NS @ Michael’s
7/5 Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Rock Cafe le Stage
7/6 Quebec City, QC @ L’Agitee
7/8 Kingston, ON @ The Mansion
7/10 London, ON @ Call the Office
7/11 Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
7/13 Sault Ste Marie, ON @ Canadian Nightclub
7/14 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
7/17 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
7/18 Edmonton, AB @ The Pawn Shop
7/19 Armstrong, BC @ Hassen Arena (Armstrong MetalFest)

Arabrot Summer/Fall Dates 2014
8/2 Visions Festival – London, United Kingdom
8/4 Club Academy w/ Converge – Manchester, United Kingdom
8/5 Classic Grand w/ Converge – Glasgow, United Kingdom
8/7 The Ferret w/ Palehorse – Preston, United Kingdom
8/8 Bannermans w/ Palehorse – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
8/9 Supernormal Festival – Park, United Kingdom
9/12 TRIBUTE – Sandnes, Norway
9/13 Høstsabbat – Oslo, Norway
10/16 13th Note w/ Rabbits – Glasgow, United Kingdom
10/17 Brixton Windmill w/ Rabbits – London, United Kingdom

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