Important Update: The Kut Campaign - I've not been paid : (

Hey, I’m not sure you would have heard the news on PledgeMusic, but unfortunately The Kut is one of the acts affected by the financial issues PledgeMusic is encountering. This means that over 65% of the money raised for The Kut Valley of Thorns campaign has never been paid. I’ve known this for a good few months and I would be lying if I said it’s not a huge problem. I have not issued any statement on this previously because I am still hopeful it might be resolved, but a few people or bands that asked me about our campaign already know. With many people and labels now taking action on Pledge, I’d rather you heard it from me – I’ve not been paid.

PledgeMusic have recently issued this statement:

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Having received so much support from PledgeMusic while running the campaign, this is a massive blow. To them, The Kut and the music industry in general, which had to fight for trust in crowd funding campaigns in general. I’d just like to say that our campaign manager, and the team involved in running the campaign were truly amazing. I’m not sure if you know, but some of the team are in famous bands themselves – all music lovers. I feel just as awful for them as I do all the acts involved. It’s clearly a financial mismanagement issue and not down to the team who are quite possibly just as worried as we are. It’s so heartbreaking that all the acts that worked with PledgeMusic are now seriously worried that they may never see the money they have raised (and quite possibly already spent).

I’ve had some very kind messages asking what people can do to help. I’d like to say first, that I’m eternally grateful that you supported the release of Valley of Thorns. It’s out there, it’s a hit, it charted all over the UK album charts, and it’s all thanks to your support. You bought copies, you shared in the wins, you headed out to stores, you emotionally supported me and my band. It is all thanks to this campaign that the album released. Anyone who is in a band will tell you, although money is important, it’s really not about the money – so I want you to know that your contribution has not been wasted. As an artist I’m indebted to you for all your incredible love and warmth. You totally smashed it.

Damage limitation: The brand new video “I Am Vain” is just out. Fortunately this was not linked to PledgeMusic funds and you’ll probably be relieved to know that when you see it! It’s totally over the top, and probably our best video yet. I’ve also launched our new Online Store at http://thekut.co.uk/supportus.html if there’s any items you wanted to get but didn’t manage to at the time. But honestly, the best help you can give The Kut right now is to support the new music video. If you haven’t seen it already, this is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF6NeisEqkc Please watch & share to help us get the word out. Best thing about this is that it doen’t cost anything.

I hope that PledgeMusic will be able to pay out the money owed for The Kut campaign and all the other acts in the outlined 90 day timeframe. Obviously there are costs I am constantly incurring as a result of not being paid for months. Please know that I am still trying to remain optimistic and please trust that if that money lands in my account, you will be the first to know. I’ll be spreading the word on that just as loudly.

Big love
Maha xxx

Yeahhh!! Valley of Thorns has Re-Entered the UK Album Charts w/ 12" Vinyl

I’m so blown away! ‘Valley of Thorns’ has re-entered two UK Album Charts with the launch of the 12" Vinyl this week!! The Rock Albums Chart and the Independent Breakers Album Chart! It’s totally brilliant and proves once again that The Kut truly has the best supporters. You rock my world on a daily basis and you’ve seen the campaign out with a huge bang! After what has been almost a decade pushing to release an album, you’ve made this an incredible year for The Kut – one that has set me and my touring line ups up for some time to come! It’s really not every day that an independent act can reach the UK Charts – let alone 7 of them, and 2 of them twice!! The music industry is for the most part dominated by acts with huge amounts of major label support, and it’s an incredible breakthrough all thanks to your involvement.

This is the last update from Pledge now, so I’d like to say T H A N K Y O U for all of your epic support. Please do keep on spreading the word. The best link to share is this one http://thekut.co.uk/valley-of-thorns

All Pledge items are shipped now, and some of the remaining items and bundles are now listed on The Kut website. Please note that these do not include the ‘Valley of Thorns’ digital download (Cargo Records own the rights to sell these), and shipping costs are additional rather than included http://thekut.co.uk/supportus.html That said, this is the first port of call for all Kut related merch, especially when some stores are selling limited edition releases at such high prices.

Lastly, please add mailinglist@thekut.co.uk to your safe list to receive future updates from me. I don’t send emails out so much, maybe every month or two, although I am thinking to run an email series next month on the history of The Kut. Let me know what you think!

Anyway, that’s it – it’s over! If you’d like to read more about the campaign overall, check out this interview I did with Pledge in June. https://www.pledgemusic.com/blog/the-kut-interview-june-2018 It’s been an intense time but an amazing time. You smashed it! Let’s see where it goes next…..

Big love and thank you!

Maha xxx


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Yey! The Vinyl has been shipped!

A huge thank you! You totally smashed this campaign. The vinyl 12” of Valley of Thorns has been shipped this week, including all test presses and any orders for previous 7” records. It’s all in you...
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300% You SMASHED IT!

A massive THANK YOU! The Pledge campaign ends in a few hours – at midnight tonight, and you’ve just smashed 300% of the target. This totally rocks! A big thank you for supporting the release of Val...

You just hit 295%! 2 Days Left!

A massive THANK YOU! There’s just 2 days left on the Pledge Campaign and you’ve just smashed 295% of the target. It’s been such an amazing experience and one that I hope you have also enjoyed being part of. Your support took a release that could have been totally unheard and transformed that into a HIT album. You totally ROCK!

The vinyl is all getting packed up this week too, and everything is ready for the official release on Friday 2nd November. It’s all in your hands at that point, and it would be amazing if you can share the release news online that day. Here’s the album trailer link – let’s get the word out! https://youtu.be/LH7V2wCFK0A

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So on Friday 2nd November, Valley of Thorns officially releases on 12 inch vinyl. It’s the end of an era but also another shot at the chart – this time the vinyl chart. Now with just 500 copies pressed, I’m not even sure we could get there, but it has to be worth a go!

If you’d like to get anything from the Pledge Store, now is the time. It’s pretty close to 300% thanks to your support! It’s HUGE. A massive THANK YOU. You’ve seen Valley of Thorns released like I only dreamed of after so long in the planning, and this is incredible.

The two things I’d recommend from Pledge at this point are the Signed & Personalised 12" Vinyl (which also comes with the album download and postage is included) https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thekut/items/258539

I’ve also released a collection of ‘Demos & Rarities’ so if that’s something you’d like to check out. It includes 20 unreleased tracks including really new ones like ‘Hearts on Fire’ and ‘Fun When You’re Winning’. I’d love to hear what you think of these. https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thekut/items/259596

All of the items on Pledge are helping to cover the costs of the release of the album, and believe me it is a huge help. I couldn’t do it without you.

We now have just a few shows to see in the vinyl release and see the gigs of 2018 out. The tour was brilliant and it’s great to be able to see in a few more dates before this year of gigging comes to a close. It’s going to be an exciting run of shows. So that’s all the big announcements this side, but please join in on the social sites on Friday 2nd November. I’ll be sharing the release updates there then.

I’ve said it before and I’ll keep on saying it. We really do have the best supporters. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Big love and THANK YOU.

Maha xx

Forthcoming Tour Dates

27.10.18 – Star & Garter, Manchester
31.10.18 – Underworld, London
04.11.18 – Croydon Rocks Festival, Croydon