Personnel: Max J. Hansson (vocals, guitar, E-bow, piano, keyboards); Kristian Anttila (vocals, horns, keyboards); Johann H”glund (brass); David Hagberg (drums).
The ghost of 1980s post-punk hovered heavily over the 2000s with the popularity of bands like Interpol, the Editors, and Franz Ferdinand. Sweden's Cut City joined the party with their 2007 full-length debut, EXIT DECADES. Dreamily atmospheric yet driving guitars, burbling bass, galloping drums, and Max J. Hannsonn's disaffected, moody vocals (which at times recall Ian Curtis of Joy Division) come together to create a sound that pushes the right nostalgic buttons. Cut City may seem like a retro exercise, but that exercise is a pure pleasure, both for those who remember the '80s and those who wish they did.