The Cubical are coming and you better run for cover!
This ostensibly blues/garage band will provide the long overdue kick in the teeth that the music scene has been desperately crying out for. Drawing on influences from the world of blues, jazz, folk and good old rock n roll this band truly have done their homework. Their debut album Poor Man’s Disease recorded in Hollywood by the Grammy award winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, Jet, Marlyn Manson) pulls the listener by the lapels and drags them on a journey from the staccato heart pounding sounds of 60s psych (Beefheart, Bo Diddley) to the melancholic musings of folk infused country (Cohen, Cash.) This band truly are astounding. Get Funked!
The band began in their hometown of St.Helens, (a place not normally associated with such cultural advances) where a dabble with Punk, experiments with the line up and a few personnel changes led them to up sticks and move to the city, Liverpool that is. It is here in the home of music that the band met bass player Craig Bell who proved to be the missing piece in the jigsaw. This former trainee vicar who’d suffered major “faith issues” found salvation. He formed a formidable partnership with beat maker and overall rhythmical genius Mark Percy, their innate skill along with the mercurial guitar craftsmanship of twangmeister general Alex Gavaghan and the slide guitar and harmonica playing brilliance of hard man John Green helped perfect the arresting and volatile energy that became the bedrock of The Cubical sound.
This provided the platform from which the lyrical majesty and devastating electricity of front man Dan Wilson could take shape. This son of a Playwright and Former Army Sgt is one of the most original voices to emerge from the UK in years. His role as Master of Ceremonies at Live Shows helped the band conquer all in its path and quickly establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with on the local scene. A support slot with heroes The Magic Band followed along with successful gigs throughout the EU and later that year earned them (according to Kelly Stoltz) the accolade of “coolest sound of the year” in Mojo Magazine. It was at another mesmerizing gig at the famous Zanzibar Club, where Noel Gallagher amongst others was in attendance, that the band finally got picked up by US label Record Collection.
They jetted off to LA wowed producer Dave Sardy with a live performance brimming with electricity and recorded their debut LP (in an astounding 4 days of blood sweat and beer) at Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood in the same room that The Doors and The Rolling Stones had recorded. Not bad for a bunch of St. Helens tossers! They jetted off to tour Australia, signed to Inertia and caught the attention of Fender. After wowing crowds in Brisbane and Sydney they returned to the UK armed with Telecasters and the bit well and truly between their teeth. The following year they brought down the house with their performance at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas and now they’re about to bring down your living rooms with their debut EP Great White Lie coming out in December. This collection of heart thumping blues, acoustic bliss and harmonica wailing madness will leave the listener salivating at the mouth and begging for more. Well don’t worry folks their album will be out in Spring 08 and they’ll be hitting a town near you. Get Religion, your about to be converted! ~ Wolfang H Schmidt