If the jubilant melodies and debonair singing of You And I seem way too poppy for a band called Cut Off Your Hands, credit former Suede guitarist and in-demand producer Bernard Butler, who glossed over the sinewy New Zealand quartets punk roots with a strings-swept wall of sound. That it doesnt dampen the high-impact core of frontman Nick Johnstons shuddering anthems is nothing short of a miracle. Live, the band remains a sweaty blur of limbs and instruments, while the album is sort of a prep-school detour that is nonetheless one of the brighter spots on this years guitar-pop map. And theres something to be said for each side of the band: You And I is the proper, likeable guy you bring home to your parents there are even a few choice ballads while the live show is the badass rebel that thrives on street smarts and adrenaline. Who ever said you couldnt have both? With Thee Emergency. All ages.