I think everyone who has an interest in music has at some stage dreamed about bumping into a person or people with whom they will develop a creative connection and form a band that feels like the real deal. This is exactly what happened when John Duignan and Conall Ó Breacháin met during their studies in St. Patrick’s College in Drumcondra on their way to becoming primary school teachers. This chance meeting would eventually result in We Cut Corners.
Duignan and Ó Breacháin would spend time dabbling in song writing before eventually entering a song competition in Dublin in 2009, The JD Set. The band would go on to win the competition and it would mark a key event in the early development of the band.
Another key moment in the development of the band would come when they would sign a recording deal with Delphi Records, a move that would result in the release of the 2011 single, The Leopard, a guitar and drums driven rock song that would signal the arrival of We Cut Corners onto the Irish music scene.
Despite this it would still be another few years before we would be treated to the debut LP from the duo, the critically acclaimed Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards, which would be proceeded by the single, Go Easy. The album would clearly demonstrate what We Cut Corners were all about, short snappy songs that were lead by prominent guitar and powerful drumming all the time accompanied with deft and intricate lyrics. The album would be met with critical acclaim and would eventually be nominated for the Choice Music Prize album of the year in 2011.
In 2014, We Cut Corners would release the single YKK, which would act as the prelude to their second album, Think Nothing. This album would be another triumph for the talented duo and would continue the trend of their debut as a collection of expertly crafted songs with energetic instrumentation and nuanced lyrics. This album would get the band their second nomination for the Choice Music Prize album of the year, and would receive yet more rave reviews from critics and fans alike.
After they finished touring and promoting Think Nothing , the band launched back into writing their next album. They have said in interviews since that they decided to take their time writing this record, having previously felt a pressure to keep up the rate at which released their music – something that was often influenced by also maintaining their day jobs as primary school teachers.
Finally, in June 2016, We Cut Corners started to emerge again with the lead single for their up coming album, On Avoiding People. The single has all the hallmarks of what we have come to expect from the duo, short energetic instrumentation with a sense of melancholy behind the carefully constructed lyrics.
The album that would follow, The Cadences of Others, would again be met by rave reviews and would mark a further development in the sound and style of the band. The songs were now longer and there was a more intricate instrumentation than on previous releases. We Cut Corners managed to bring some guest instrumentalists on board to help with the recording process,among them Conor O’Brien of Villagers. The album would be recorded in the chapel on the grounds of St. Patrick’s College in Drumcondra.
We Cut Corners are one of the most innovative bands in Irish music at the moment, who continue to grow and develop with every release. They can be seen later this summer at the Indiependence festival in Mitchelstown, and anyone in attendance should make it their business to take in the energy that is present in every live performance.