Stonecutters Union arrived on the scene in Kansas in 2012, making a name for themselves in Kansas City’s local blues scene. Well, the word’s out now – Stonecutters Union aren’t just a band who’s name to know if you want to be in on the Kansas City blues scene. Last year, the Union buckled down and recorded their debut EP titled Puñetazo De Puma. This self-produced offering consists of five tracks, only three of which are originals – not an entirely unexpected occurrence for a small-stage band’s first time in the studio.
Stonecutters Union show a fairly wide range across the five tracks present on Puñetazo De Puma from the fast and fiery “Lightning Bolt” to the thoughtful southern take on “John the Revelator” to the darker sonic feast of “One More.” The Union manage to balance a more modern aesthetic with classic sounds, and they do so particularly on “Bullhead Clap,” which comes out sounding a little more British-influenced than anything else on Puñetazo De Puma.
Stonecutters Union have presented here three great originals and two flawless covers, both of which emanate the Union’s aesthetic. Puñetazo De Puma is a solid release that hints at where the Stonecutter’s Union may be headed.
The Review: 7.5/10
The Big Hit
– Bullhead Clap
Review by Richard MacDougall
Buy the album: iTunes