• The Exits Debut Album - Out Monday 1st December

    28 nov 2014, 17:41 av criminalrecords

    Listen to the album here: The Exits (Criminal Records)

    Like it? Give it a heart here and let other people hear it!

    1. Let The Damage Begin 

    2. You Gotta Help Me Out 

    3. The Fear Inside 

    4. Life Lines 

    5. Fever 

    6. Dead On Arrival 

    7. How Long is Forever 

    8. I Wanna Know 

    9. Fall From Grace 

    10. Tears 

    11. Smoke In The Room 

    12. Broken Smile 

    13. Trip 

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  • Argonaut 'TV' - Out Mon 24th Nov - Listen here!

    14 nov 2014, 13:53 av criminalrecords

    'TV' is the debut single from the second Argonaut 'TRY'.

    Out Monday 24th November on Criminal Records
    Listen here: TV

    Like it? Then give it a heart on this link and help more people hear it!

    Pre-order it here

  • The Kut – ‘I Want You Maniac’ (Out Now on Criminal Records) - Halloween Single

    20 okt 2014, 19:35 av criminalrecords

    The Kut – ‘I Want You Maniac’ (Out Now on Criminal Records)

    Listen now! Make your own mind up:
    I Want You Maniac
    If you like it please give it a heart <3

    Produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / White Zombie / Sonic Boom Six / My Vitriol), The Kut -‘I Want You Maniac’ is an upbeat, grunge fused horror-rock track taken from the bands forthcoming EP. As a quick follow up to their ‘Make Up’ EP, it has been good news that the band is back in the studio so soon, especially given what spanned a near 3 year hiatus.

    Front-woman Maha spoke about the single, shortly after the news they’d been confirmed on the Camden Nightmare Festival line up today… “We’ve always wanted to put out a Halloween single, it’s always been our rock Christmas, and I Want You Maniac was the right track for us to celebrate it with... It’s been awesome working with James in the studio again, and the video was a lot of fun to make as well… We envisioned it as a zombie version of pet cemetery, it’s a bit scary”

    Forthcoming Dates
    Fri 31st Oct: Halloween Special, The Lincoln Imp, Scunthorpe
    Sat 1st Nov: Nightmare Festival, (Proud Camden), London
    Mon 10th Nov: The Black Heart, Camden, London

    The Kut: Biography
    Inspired by bands like Deftones, L7, Hole, Incubus, Placebo, Nirvana, Faith No More and others, The Kut are a London basement rock trio formed from the alternative scene. Having been voted into in the winning spots for MTV UK Brand New Unsigned 2014 Poll, the recent ‘Make Up’ EP was produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / White Zombie / My Vitriol / Page & Plant / Def Leppard), featuring 3 brand new tracks plus 2 previous releases ‘DMA’ and ‘Closure’. The latest offering, ‘I Want You Maniac’ ties some of those tracks together, combining elements of horror pop with their grunge rock sound. Recently joined by ex-Riot Squad drummer, Violet, on drums, the band are due to release their new EP in Spring 2015.

    This year the band’s first EP, ‘Make Up’ saw dark and emotive tracks like ‘No Trace’ into the Scuzz Most Wanted Rock Chart, alongside bands like Paramore, Green Day - as well as playlisted on their 'All-Stars of Rock Show'. The single was also supported by Alex Baker on Kerrang! Radio and picked up by BBC Introducing in Lancashire and Oxford. This lead to The Kut being invited in for a BBC Introducing live set, where they performed a 4 song set live from the Blackburn studios. The video was play listed on Putpat TV (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) and featured by Vevo, with a number of USA stations also including the track.

    Most recent single ‘Mario’, was supported by Scuzz TV on their ‘Huge Rock Anthems’ show, as well as Putpat TV and BBC Introducing Lancashire, just ahead of the release. The band’s previous video, ‘Closure’ was playlisted on Sub TV, Tuune and NME TV (Radar), whilst their first ever video ‘DMA’ (aka Doesn’t Matter Anyway) was added to 16 USA cable channels on the Bongo Boy Rock n Roll Show this May. The band has also had a number of tracks playlisted at the major UK clubs including Club NME and Medication. Previous shows include London 2012 Olympics and the Paralympics, and a sold out UK tour. In 2013 the band performed DJ sets for Kerrang! Klub, London and a string of 14 dates on the Club Criminal tour.

    ‘I Want You Maniac’ available now at | @thekutgirlsrock | |

    Kerrang! Magazine
    “Despite the loud Courtney love references they’re more than just Hole II. Mario has an Against Me! Strut to the intro, while DMA is a pounding gem”

    Metal Mouth
    “If they can fulfill their early promise, then The Kut could end up being a big name in no time at all.” 8/10

    “Heavy guitar, banging drums, dirty crisp vocals and a whole of attitude… the NMS would like to welcome The Kut to the party … without a shadow of a doubt they’re on the ascendancy! ”

    Hit The Floor Magazine
    “[No Trace] epitomises the girls’ influences from the likes of Nirvana and Incubus, displaying their no messing around approach to modern day grunge and taking us back to the early 90′s, where grunge rock was at it’s best!”

    Bristol Live Magazine
    “If Deftones and Hole had a little baby they’d probably sound like The Kut”

    Tasty Fanzine
    “‘Mario’ has guitar hook similar to Trey Spruance era Faith No More and an awesome ending. ‘Closure’ and ‘DMA’ are equally noteworthy and the whole EP is impressively polished. Bravo The Kut.” 7/10

    SWNK Magazine
    “No Trace, the opening song on The Kut’s Make up EP, has a big chance of being the most played song this summer. Awesome stuff!”

    Alt Dialog
    “It’s almost as if Soundgarden and Hole were put into a blender with The Kut being the result.”

    Ultimate Underground
    “They are equal parts L7 and bands like Placebo. They even show influences of Nirvana without being a retread and falling prey to the familiar.”

    Seba-Rashii Culture
    “When we first heard The Kut, we knew that the London based trio were going to be worth keeping a careful ear on. Our patience has been rewarded with the release of the Make Up E.P!”

    Uproar Webzine
    “Known for their enthusiasm and uncontrollable energy on stage, The Kut have created quite a crazy fan base who as you would expect are ecstatic over the release of their new EP, Make Up.”

    Peek-a-boo Magazine
    “The Kut present a sonic collage that evokes everything that made the 1990’s alternative rock scene such a beautifully broken beast”

    Blast Out Your Stereo
    “Grunge trio, The Kut have released a brand new music video for their song, “Mario,” which is off their upcoming EP, Make Up.. Trust me, you’ll be singing along to this number for a while (if you aren’t already).”

    Mistree Magazine
    “Mario” is 90s alternative rock at it’s very best. It is gritty and heavy, with chugging riffs and thudding percussion.”

    Palace of Rock
    “There are moments when the all female rock band The Kut sounds like Courtney Love´s Hole… But there are also moments when this London trio bring thoughts to a heavier The Bangles like “Mario”, I guess you can call it grunge pop.”

    Backseat Mafia
    “The rock girl trio based in London have not long since visited my hometown’s longest running live music venue The Lincoln Imp. I went to see them live and they rocked the room with their melodic tracks, long metal hair shaking and rock stances.”
    Criminal Records is the lovechild of a talented group of nutters who work tirelessly to seek and represent the best live and recording acts. Visit our website and sign up for a free membership to keep updated on all the latest gigs, bands, releases and label news.

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  • The Kut spend 3rd week in Scuzz Most Wanted Rock Chart (8th Feb - No. 4)

    9 feb 2014, 03:14 av criminalrecords

    The Kut spend a third week in the Scuzz Most Wanted Rock Charts, hitting in at number 4 on the new chart countdown.

    Tune in on Sky 367 to check it out.

    10. Killswitch Engage -- 'Always'
    9. Issues - 'Hooligans'
    8. Falling in Reverse -- 'Bad Girls Club'
    7. SilverBySkyline -- 'Somewhere In Time'
    6. You Me at Six -- 'Fresh Start Fever'
    5. Villains -- 'The Fall'
    4. The Kut -- 'No Trace'
    3. Architects -- 'Naysayer'
    2. Steel Panther -- 'The Burden of Being Wonderful'
    1. Paramore -- 'Ain't It Fun'
  • The Kut added to Scuzz - in at No. 4 on this week's Most Wanted Rock Charts

    28 jan 2014, 23:24 av criminalrecords

    The Kut have been added in at No. 4 in this week's Most Wanted Rock Charts on Scuzz. Tune in on Sky 367 to check it out.

    10. Bullet For My Valentine -- 'Raising Hell'
    9. Royal Blood -- 'Out of the Black'
    8. Verses -- 'Making Statues'
    7. Silverskyline -- 'Somewhere In Time'
    6. Falling in Reverse -- 'Bad Girls Club'
    5. You Me At Six -- 'Fresh Start Fever'
    4. The Kut -- 'No Trace'
    3. Issues -- 'Hooligans'
    2. Villains -- 'The Fall'
    1. Neck Deep - 'Growing Pains'
  • The Kut - No Trace - Full Song Preview (MTV Brand New Unsigned Poll Winners)

    8 jan 2014, 21:15 av criminalrecords

    The Kut are releasing their latest single 'No Trace' this month. Having been picked up for BBC Introducing and Kerrang! Radio track is a must listen for this month.

    Check out the full track here:

    Give the track a heart stamp if you think more people should hear.

    The Kut - No Trace (Criminal Records)

    Inspired by bands like Deftones, L7, Hole, Incubus, Placebo, Nirvana, My Chemical Romance, Faith No More and others, The Kut are a London rock trio with a great live show. Having been voted into in the winning spots for MTV UK Brand New Unsigned Poll at the end of November, their forthcoming single ‘NO TRACE’ was produced by James LeRock Loughrey - Skindred / White Zombie / My Vitriol / Manic Street Preachers / Page & Plant / Bjork and Def Leppard. The Kut -‘No Trace’ is is dark and emotive track taken from the forthcoming ‘Makeup’ EP. Having had the privilege of playing London 2012 Olympics and the Paralympics after being selected by the Teenage Rampage Foundation, other noteworthy shows include performances at various UK festivals and a sold out UK tour - ‘The Love Hate Vampire Shotgun System Circus Tour’. The band also performed DJ sets for Kerrang! Klub, London and a string of 14 dates on the Club Criminal tour. The band’s last video ‘Closure’ was playlisted on Sub TV, Tuune, NME TV Radar and the Bongo Boy Rock n Roll show on 6 USA cable channels, Comcast Cable, CableVision, Time Warren Cable, RCN, and FiOS. | @thekutgirlsrock | |
  • The Kut shortlisted for MTV Brand New Unsigned

    19 nov 2013, 22:52 av criminalrecords

    With over 30,000 votes for unsigned acts, The Kut have made the Top 20 Shortlist of the MTV Brand New Unsigned Category.

    Thank you to everyone who has been supporting them!

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  • 30 Second Vote for The Kut for MTV Brand New for 2014

    9 nov 2013, 00:06 av criminalrecords

    The Kut have been shortlisted for the MTV Brand New for 2014 Competition. Voting is now open! The girls are up against some tough competition, mainly pop acts, some of who have tens of thousands of supporters! Support independent music and back them with your vote!

    How to vote for The Kut (30 seconds) - Click on the link, then login to it with facebook, then refresh the screen and scroll down to where it says 'Vote for The Kut' near the bottom and click it to vote. When you have voted your pic comes up in our profile box. You might need to do it from a computer for it to work and you should have pop ups enabled. Vote here > You can also login then log out and login with Twitter to vote, we understand this will count as a separate vote. You can vote on iPhone, but will need to refresh the screen after logging in for it to count.

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  • The Exits – The Exits EP, Out Now on Criminal Records

    9 jul 2013, 09:41 av criminalrecords

    The Exits – The Exits EP
    Out Now on Criminal Records

    Listen here

    Indie / Electro / Alternative

    Track Listing
    1.You Gotta Help Me Out
    2.Neon City
    3.The Fear Inside
    5.Three Minute Warning


    Other Links

    The Exits mix of energetic synth rock has landed them airplay including BBC London, Radio 1 Northern Ireland, Kerrang Radio (ones to watch), plus a music award for ‘Best Song’, presented by Express FM. Their music has been featured by MTV in the Dirty Sanchez show, and shortlisted for the Mission Impossible 4 Trailer! Energetic and passionate, the band are currently recording their long awaited debut album, for release in 2013.

    The Exits EP features a collection of their material in the lead up to their album. Noteworthy tracks include 'You Gotta Help Me Out’ and ‘The Fear Inside' both of which will appear on their debut album. The band’s sound continually evolves from guitar based with a smattering of electronica, to a heavy synthesised, dance orientated audio assault.

    The Fly Wessex Magazine – Review Of Hi:Fi Festival
    ‘The Exits Are, Simply, Spot On And Completely Right For This Festival’

    The Exits, Music Riot
    ...It wouldn’t surprise me if ‘Neon City’ becomes a bit of an anthem

    The Exits,
    …An indie disco masterpiece…Driving indie-dance rock with an Oasis sized-snarl and some finely tuned anthemic bluster…The Exits have created an indie-disco masterpiece

    Portsmouth News, The Guide
    ‘The Exits Will Soon Be Sharing The Stage With Big Names’

    Scootering Magazine
    ‘The Exits Are Definitely Worth Keeping Tabs On’

    The Exits, Vanity Project
    One of my singles of the year

    The Exits, Sam Proffitt, Music Zine
    It’s not often that a band creates such an amazing sound experience that you immediately have to put the entire record on repeat

    Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
    ‘I Will Try To Find Something To Slag Off About Them So Their Heads Don't Get Too Big’

    The Exits, Get Ready to Rock
    ...One of the best additions to Indie for a very long time

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  • Argonaut - 'Monet' out Monday on Criminal Records

    23 feb 2013, 23:22 av criminalrecords


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    “You can hear the influences that shape Argonaut in their sound – Hole, Garbage and Sonic Youth definitely – but they aren’t slaves to those influences; this is music of a very high standard and it isn’t surprising that they were snapped up last year by Criminal” 4/5 Andy Snipper, Music News

    "Argonaut are one of the best bands I've come across in 2012" 9.5/10 Steve, Street Voice UK

    "Pretty good! Kind of remind me of the Cranberries meets Joy Formidable!"
    Natasha Grant, Art Rocker

    "A beautiful sound to open up the show with. An oldskool, indie sound - the kind you don’t hear much these days, delicate floating female vocals – really liked that!"
    Dave Gilyeat, BBC Introducing

    ‘It’s sparse – but i like that!’
    Steve Lamacq, 6 music

    "Sleazy rock falling somewhere between Royal Trux and Bikini Kill. Promising. 4/5"
    Club NME, Brighton

    "driving tormented fuzzy- post-rocky sounds with moments of dirgy downbeat melody with Lorna’s preoccupied vocal echoing almost as if from the bottom of a lake covered in jagged winter frost."
    Gordon Johnston, Glasswerk

    ‘Argonaut put forward a good case for being brilliant…sounds like Siouxsie And The Banshees…their commitment to youth, ideas and passion should be lauded and rewarded’

    You can also find extra information on the band at their websites / @argonautband /

    ARGONAUT – the self titled album, OUT NOW