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BU Today Sessions: Sun Cut Flat

Nick Lattanzi breaks out with Running of the Bulls


An eclectic, layered blend of guitars and electronic textures, Sun Cut Flat’s debut album, Running of the Bulls, reveals a sophistication uncommon for 20-year-old songwriters.

“I’ve been recording and performing since I was 16,” says multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Nick Lattanzi (CAS’12). “I’ve been playing in the subway and on the street since then, too.”

Sun Cut Flat began as a home recording project. Sociology major Lattanzi did most of the production for Running of the Bulls in his bedroom with help from high school friend and drummer Isaac Haselkorn. Forming a live act was the next logical step.

Guitarist Cary Liptak, bassist Erik Kramer, and keyboardist Devon Fisher joined Sun Cut Flat in fall 2009, and they played their first show just weeks later at BU Central. The band has since played venues such as TT the Bear’s Place, in Cambridge, the Midway Café, in Jamaica Plain, and O’Brien’s Pub, in Allston.

“Sun Cut Flat started as a way to replicate my recordings live,” says Lattanzi. “Since then we have gotten a lot tighter, and we’ve started writing stuff together.”

With nods to Beck, the Black Keys, and the Rolling Stones, the band hopes to draw from the rawness of Nirvana’s In Utero for its own second time around. “It’s going to be very edgy and stark in a way,” says Lattanzi, “but still built around these melodies that are pretty.”

It remains to be seen whether Lattanzi will pursue music, sociology, or even some combination in the working world. “I’m not sure what I will be doing, but I do know that I really don’t care about getting super-rich and driving that fancy car,” he says. “I plan to be a musician because I’m good at it, and I like it.”

Sun Cut Flat will perform on Sunday, March 21, at the Middle East Upstairs, 475 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.

Check back on Thursdays through the rest of the semester for more local music as part of the BU Sessions, shot on location at the FitRec Dance Theater and featuring performances by musicians, bands, and songwriters from the BU community.

Check out the original BU Today Sessions here.

Alan Wong

Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.

4 Comments on BU Today Sessions: Sun Cut Flat

  • Anonymous on 03.19.2010 at 10:01 pm

    hell yes

  • wow on 04.08.2010 at 8:50 am

    This band is amazing. Where can I get their cd!? I keep coming back to this article to listen to their music. They remind me of Radiohead.

  • Anonymous on 05.26.2010 at 12:44 pm

    you can download it from http://suncutflat.bandcamp.com/ for free

  • Anonymous on 12.13.2010 at 9:23 pm

    i love this band; great sound

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