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Those Who Were Hung Hang Here (Paperbag)

By: Cam Lindsay

Normally when a band begins an album with their money shot, there is a good chance that a downward spiral will quickly follow once the song climaxes. Toronto's Uncut could have suffered such a fate and more, considering they're treading on trendy ground with a sound that is so achingly hip. However, and a big "however" it is, they've managed to ensure the rest of the album is equally as poignant. Already receiving praise from international DJs and clubgoers for their single, "Understanding The New Violence", Uncut aren't exactly rookies. Founded by Ian Worang and Jake Fairley (who left to pursue a career in making techno) in 2001, they eventually evolved into a quartet, giving the music a more rock-based sound. The result is Those Who Were Hung Hang Here- a dimly lit, yet extremely emotional record that is as fulfilling for those looking to dance as it is for those keen on listening with headphones. The sterile and brooding presence of Factory Records is felt through the hushed tones of singers Worang and Samuel Goldberg, as well as the mandatory post-punk principles. The entire album is an attractive package that dabbles with the potential to reach audiences in both the clubs and the indie rocker's bedroom.
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