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The Cubical are five handsome young thirtysomethings based in Liverpool and have spent the last 6 or 7 years building up an incredible reputation as one of Europe's finest underground bands. To date they have released three critically acclaimed studio albums (as well as a rarities collection and a live disc) and have left audiences world wide foaming at the mouth, trembling at the knees and aching at the loin from their ferociously intense and hypnotic live shows. The Cubical sound is one that is essentially based in the blues, but like Captain Beefheart, Zappa and Tom Waits before them they twist it around, shake it up and inevitably end up with something altogether a little weirder. A Cubical live performance has been likened to a “rock n roll medicine show,” an assault on the senses... Not only are your eyes glued to the chaotic dancing of the 6 foot five chanteur / shaman Dan Wilson, indefatigable shuffling of guitarist Al Gavaghan, charismatic and unpredictable manouvers of hard man Johnny Green (guitar 2 / harmonica), and the ying yang rhythm section of bassman Craig 'Bergerac' Bell and drum hero / maniac Percy, but the interwoven Telecaster twang, wailing harmonica, and incessant pounding bass and drums, are all topped off by one of the gruffest and most distinctive blues howls since the Wolf himself (Wilson also surely being one of the finest lyricists around today). All of the above ensures that audiences home or live are drawn into the hypnotic swamp blues intensity that is so central to The Cubical experience. Their debut album Come Sing These Crippled Tunes was recorded at Sunset Sound Studio, Hollywood and produced by the Grammy award winning Dave Sardy (Oasis, Johnny Cash, Primal Scream, Marilyn Manson), an early admirer of the band. The album was lapped up by the critics (see press page) and their highly anticipated follow up It Ain't Human was released in Nov 2011. On its week of release It Ain’t Human was made album of the month in the highly influential Spanish magazine Ruta 66 and the critical response to the album was just as impressive as their debut. Not ones to hang around, the band released their third album, Arise Conglomerate, in November 2012. The album was recorded in a grand total of 16 hours on reel to reel 4 tracks in Berlin and Liverpool and captures the contrasting sides to The Cubical: Raucous garage, irrepressibly catchy singles, gentle ballads and eerie swamp blues; it’s all in there and it sounds great. Mojo Magazine described the lead single, On The Weekend, as “The greatest Liverpudlian confluence of soul and brass beat action since The Teardrop Explodes’ Reward” and in their 4/5 review of the album headed “Beefheartian Scouse Genius” affirmed that “In a better world, The Cubical would have number 1 hits all the way.” The hardworking five piece released a live album, The Cubical Live in Oslo, earlier this year http://thecubical.bandcamp.com/album/the-cubical-live-in-oslo and are set to begin recording their inevitably brilliant fourth album in September with longtime collaborator Keithly Thompson.
The Cubical have toured all over the bloody world taking in the USA, UK, Australia, Germany, Norway, France, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Holland, Denmark, Czech Republic along the way playing alongside the likes of Bob Dylan, Mark Lanegan, Kiss, The Black Lips, Kelley Stoltz, Blondie, Chris Isaak and The Magic Band to name but a few. Catch them in a town near you soon, you won’t be disappointed.
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