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TRACK BY TRACK: A Very Special Episode’s Cut for Time

Drawing listeners in with powerful female-fronted vocals, the band defies genre boundaries, blending elements of post-punk, noise rock, and alternative rock, to ethereal shoe-gaze tones all with a hint of glam-pop attitude. The release of A Very Special Episode comes as their first under Knuckle Down Records, whom the band signed with earlier this spring. Cut for Time is out everywhere today and available in physical vinyl and CD format.

The new release marks a strong surge of growth for the band, as they have shifted to a much more aggressive and fast-paced tempo across the board, while elements of their intimate and atmospheric roots still are found in layered melodies and intricate guitar work.

As the band explains, “In the time since our first release of mostly bedroom recordings, we as a band began playing out more and polishing many of our older songs, rearranging and speeding them up, and writing some new ones. Our five-song EP Cut for Time is then a time capsule of A Very Special Episode in 2018 and hopefully reflects our current trajectory; a little faster, a little more comfortable with our feelings, a little more punk.”

In regards to each track on the band’s new album. This is what they have to say:

“Gravity”: Musically, “Gravity” is the result of us putting Failure, Slowdive, and Emma Ruth Rundle into a blender with Kasey riffing on Stranger Things over top of it. That combination makes up the most trance inducing song on the EP, next to “On Our Own Again”, and is like the feeling of falling asleep with the TV on and having vague, ambiguous dreams with lots of blue light and static.

“Still Here”: This song is a response to not feeling appreciated or being taken for granted in your current environment, whether that be in your relationships, family, work, world, whatever. Definitely a first-world problem type of song, but still one that stems from real frustrations.

“Crazy”: We had a version of “Crazy” in our first release that was more gently paced and dreamy. The faster reimagining in Cut for Time came from a practical need of wanting to open up more time for more songs in our set and also us getting a little restless with one of our oldest tracks.

“Invitation to Delete”: Our “explicit” song. Though written in the first person, it is based more on a certain type of discussion that occurs online. A lack of nuance, empathy, and people’s embrace of non-credible news sources has made online discourse on anything from politics to Star Wars incredibly toxic. This isn’t new information or a profound, unique perspective, but instead a cathartic vent. It may not be the best approach, but sometimes it feels good to complain and throw up your hands.

“On Our Own Again”: This is another reimagined version of an older song, but this one more from the ground up taking pieces and chords we liked. We wrote the song from the center out, the core being the breakdown-y chorus bit with a mad dash in the last section to finish up. We knew that we wanted end both the song and EP alike with a bang that wasn’t too drawn out and it feels like we succeeded here.

Cut for Time was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Brandon Bujnowski at If and Only If Productions. It is available digitally everywhere today including SpotifyBandcamp, and Apple Music. Fans can order physical formats on CD and vinyl through Bandcamp, or Knuckle Down Records. The band will celebrate with an EP release show on September 8 at Gutter Bar (200 N 14th St, Brooklyn, NY) with The Rizzos, But Pyrite, and The Loneliers.

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