Left Hand Cuts the Right - Embracing technology and avoiding the cliché.
Stripes, skulls, penguin haircuts and pop-punk bands that scream about doing what they want without actually knowing what that is – punk rock as a commodity (and all this for $159.95).
Left Hand Cuts the Right don't want to answer the "What is punk?" question. And can you blame them? With such an amount of media posturing, fashion sloganeering and conjecture amongst punk-purists, the line between the real and the fake becomes blurred.
"Conforming to a specific image and calling yourself an individual doesn't work for me," so says bassist, Rob.
Left Hand Cuts the Right have been compared to Melbourne three piece, punk outfit, My Disco (whom they list as one of their influences) and in two short years they seem to be going to the right way about avoiding the screamo cliche.
After answering an ad in local street press, Rob (previously in pop-punk band Flaccid Goat Fluger) joined Lee (guitar, vocals) and, after another ad, they added current drummer, Matt (from hardcore bands, August Reign and The Score).
Hailing from regional Victoria, Rob says he knows "exactly what it's like to be starved for entertainment. It's absolutely hellish," adding that touring regional areas is "really important."
And what are the regional punters like?
"Our show in Hobart was one of my favourite shows to date…that was awesome! People in the smaller cities seem to be less inhibited. In Melbourne people stand back with their arms folded and look unimpressed. This is apparently a show of affection for a band. In Hobart we had some dude in his underwear wearing overalls like a cape humping my leg while we played. That's what I call affection!"
There was also enthusiasm for Tasmanian bands Chicken Hawk Down, the Scandal, Up to Our Necks and After the Flames - "They were awesome!"
Fresh off the back of a regional tour (to South Australia, as well as Tasmania) Left Hand Cuts the Right are looking at a September release for their new record.
Rob says that they have "embraced technology this time".
Their 2004 release "You Breathed Like Winter" was an entirely analogue release. The new four track E.P is also "more danceable". It will be interesting to see if Melbourne punters concur - perhaps it will start the spurn of the arm-crossing "affection" commonly granted to live acts.
After touring with punk act Faux Defeated and playing alongside high quality regional acts, what aspirations do the band have for the future?
"I think we've been lucky enough to play with pretty much everyone we have wanted to in Australia there's a few internationals we wouldn't mind getting down with, but we've pretty much got Australia covered!"
"You Breathed Like Winter" is out through Medicate Records.