steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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The Kuffs

"Self-Titled" CDEP


Genres: space rock, indie rock, shoegazer

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Aug 11 - 17 2003

Last I saw The Kuffs, they had just released a short CDR EP, Figures Patterns + Objects, that had the right ideas but failed to keep my attention for multiple listens. But that was last year, and this is now. The band is back with a new self-titled EP (this time not on CDR, but real CD), and right from the start I can tell that they've cleaned up their sound considerably.

The Kuffs play a style of emotional, epic indie space rock that has quite a bit of commercial appeal. The first song, "Juggernaut," boasts a nice verse and chorus part, but spends a bit too long with the intro. "Echoing Absurd," meanwhile, is a strong space rock track; the fluent vocals go well with the song's massive, blissed-out guitar chords. "Such a Pretty Scene," meanwhile, is a great piece of space pop with a solid guitar part. Finale "Dreaming" is almost shoegazer in its slow, paced rhythm and guitar fuzz. The vocals aren't as 'gazer-esque, though; as the track progresses, it turns into a dead ringer for a Radiohead track. The lead singer's vocals are similar to those of Thom Yorke, and the guitar part just rings "Paranoid Android".

All in all, this EP is another step forward for a new, young band. I'm looking forward to seeing what The Kuffs come up with next. If they can improve so well melodically and stylistically between EPs, they should have a real winner of an album out soon.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]