Who? Liverpool, England's Cubical features Dan Wilson(lead vocals/guitar), Alex Gavaghan (guitar/piano/vocals), Johnny Green(guitar/harmonica), Mark Percy (drums/vocals) and Craig Bell (bass).The band's Great White Lie EP digitally dropped via iTunes earlier this month; their studio full-length debut, the Dave Sardy-produced Poor Man's Disease, is slated for a spring 2008 release on Record Collection.
What's the Deal?Frontman Dan Wilson sings with a gravelly, guttural urgency thatrecalls Howlin' Wolf, Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits at his mostraspy. On "Oh Blessed Be," he even cleans up those throaty edges to dohis best Nick Cave. Add to Wilson's distinctive voice the gallopingTelecaster twang of Gavaghan and Green, and you get a bluesy garagerock that summons the humid American South. Honestly, the rumble of Great White Lieis enough to make a listener fear divine retribution, hide the childrenand close the curtains. "We were hearing a lot of American bands whosounded like British bands," Wilson tells SPIN.com. "It took some guysfrom the north of England to bring back the blues."
Fun Fact?Drummer Mark Percy is a direct descendant of Sir Harry "Hotspur" Percy,who was the great-grandson of Edward the Confessor (a.k.a. King EdwardIII of England), also the title of a song on the Cubical's forthcomingalbum. The members of the noble Percy family are the second wealthiestlandowners in the U.K. after the Royal Family, but Percy survives offhis recording royalties and busking revenue.
Now Hear This:
The Cubical - "Great White Lie" DOWNLOAD MP3
On the Web:
The Cubical at MySpace
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