Cut is the debut release for the four-piece, Regina-based band Slim Sixty.
Chris Vallee is the voice of Slim Sixty, not only providing lead vocals, but having a hand in writing the lyrics to most of the band's original cuts. Vallee is joined by Andy Dinsmore, Brennan Lott and Glen Iverson.
When you tour the band's website; www.slimsixty.ca, you learn the four band members are proud to point out they are Christians, although they add they are not necessarily a Christian rock band. That is true that they are more straight rock, but there are underlying message here too; most notably You & I that with a slight tweaking of the music would likely be a country hit.
Not necessarily Christian, but often inspiration with a Christian slant might best describe these guys. It is a road they may wish to pursue in greater depth, because if taken as just a rock band, they don't quite have it. I can think of a number of Saskatchewan bands, Sheepdogs, Pipedream, Hurricane Cletus, Wheatmonkeys, One Bad Son, that all easily outdistance Slim Sixty when matching rock note for rock note.
However, when you mix in the Christian overtones of songs like All I'd Need, then there is a demographic out there where these guys could rise higher – The Rock might well want to give these guys a listen if not already playing them.
Slim Sixty seems to want to promote themselves as just a rock band, so I'll judge them on that merit. As Vallee pointed out in a Leader Post article posted on the band's website, “We're
Christians who play in a rock band. A lot of the messages are thought
provoking; there are some undertones of Christianity in some of the
songs, but it's not blatant.”
On that premise, there are just way too
many better options, even within their home province to recommend
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 29, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada