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Sunday, August 13, 2006

THE RAGS - Razors & Ropes

The Rags, a 6-piece indie-rock band from Dublin, have sufficient variety in their material to have been described before as everything from 'Doves meets early Radiohead' to 'Smiths-esque guitar-pop', the latter comparison being drawn on their new single 'Razors & Ropes' released earlier this month on their Grand Cake label.

Just as their two previous releases have done, 'Razors & Ropes' has again achieved the accolade of 'Single Of The Fortnight' in Hotpress magazine, and I must concur - these are well deserved praises. The Rags new single does have a great Smiths-esqe style in both lyric and melody - actually the Morrissey/Marr influence has been quite prevalent in their earlier releases at times also (for one, the anthemic taunt 'You Decide To Come Alive When Everyone's Dead' from the like titled track on last year's 'Monsters & I' EP). However, it must be said that this new single is delivered with a ballsy rock swagger more akin with the likes of Oasis's Liam Gallagher, and this new-found attitude in The Rags is the added ingredient which makes this by far their best release to date.

The video to 'Razors & Ropes' can be viewed on The Rags myspace, where some tracks from the previous releases and demos of new recordings can also be heard. It is also one of the currently featured videos on the Frequency-Ireland myspace. The 'Razors & Ropes' single is available at record stores throughout Ireland and can be purchased online at Road Records, where the 'Monsters & I' EP is also still available. The Rags have also recorded a wealth of new material which they have been performing at gigs over the summer and play at this year’s Electric Picnic festival on Saturday September 2nd.

Related Links:

http://www.myspace.com/therags

http://www.therags.com

http://www.electricpicnic.ie