‘Bennett’s work has changed over the years, but what it retains is a relentlessly energetic creativity.'
The solo project of William Bennett, formerly of influential noise music band Whitehouse, is an intense rhythmic onslaught.
Founded in 2007 to experiment with elements of vaudou music and raw electricity, Cut Hands soon evolved into a powerful dance music form.
Inspired by Haitian vaudou musicians’ capacity to make intense music with almost no technology, 2002’s Wriggle Like A F*cking Eel 12" by Whitehouse was seen as a radical musical direction by many in the wider noise/industrial scene.
After Whitehouse disbanded, Bennett began to explore this direction further with solo project Cut Hands, whose acclaimed debut Afro Noise I was released in 2011 on Very Friendly/Susan Lawly.
The most recent LP from Cut Hands, Festival of the Dead on London/Berlin based label Blackest Ever Black, features some of Cut Hands' most remarkable work.
The night begins with Heather Leigh, a musician and songwriter who furthers the vast unexplored reaches of pedal steel guitar and vocals. Impossible to pigeonhole, her playing is as physical as it is phantom, combining spontaneous compositions with psychedelic folk and industrial-strength progressive rock.
The music of Cut Hands has been featured on soundtracks for award-winning documentaries including Siberia: Krokodil Tears, the highly acclaimed Snoop Dogg documentary Reincarnated and Lil Bub & Friendz.
In spring 2015 Cut Hands was the audio backdrop for Proenza Schouler’s epic New York fashion show, and in 2016 samples were extensively featured on Detroit rap artist Danny Brown's hit ‘Pneumonia’.
‘In Cut Hands, William Bennett has created one of the most instantly recognisable audio trademarks in electronic music’
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