Tearing through Bristol since late 2011 the 8-piece ska, hip hop, swing and roots reggae band Cut Capers are at the height of their game as they launch into 2016 with the release of their debut album Say What on March 4.

Cut Capers mix elements of the greatest ska, swing and hip-hop bands whilst adding their own spice with the soulful vocals of Jane Thomas thrown in with Spanish (Eloy Bandin) and UK (Mark Pearce) MCs. Blended with tight grooves and a big sound from Nick Van Tinteren (Guitar, Percussion), Dan Plimmer (bass guitar) and Matt Sunderland (Drums, percussion), the vibe is tied together with a booming 3-piece brass section made up of Ángel RodríguezTom Taylor and Mark Pearce.

Throughout the summer of 2015 the band focused on bringing their upbeat energetic shows to festivals and gigs up and down the country, as well as stretching their legs to head across the channel to take their energy to mainland Europe, hitting up Holland, France and Belgium. Cut Capers have been building a reputation as festival favourites among UK music festivals over the past three years, with appearances at Secret Garden Party, Kendal Calling, Boomtown Fair and Glastonbury.

The album contains all the band’s releases since their 2012 release, The Pinstripe EP, with some new tracks added on top. Included on the track list are ‘Pinstripe Tux’, ‘Skadiff’, ‘Walk Away’ and ‘Lighter’. The album was recorded at Bristol’s Toybox studios where PJ Harvey and Mark Ronson have previously recorded. The band finally completed the album in November and announced its release via their Facebook page.

We look forward to hopefully seeing Cut Capers brighten up the festival scene again in summer 2016.

Matt Smith @MatthewJamesSmi

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