Arise Conglomerate

by THE CUBICAL

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    "If the world were a better place, The Cubical would have number 1 hits all the way. Genius. 4/5" MOJO Magazine

    "The Cubical are not your average band." Q


    Shorty before releasing their critically acclaimed second album It Ain’t Human, The Cubical were asked by Spanish vinyl label Grabaciones de Impacto if they would like to record a 4 track reel to reel session at Lightning Recorders Studio in Berlin with a view to releasing whatever was captured as a mini album. They certainly didn’t need asking twice and off they went with a batch of freshly written songs to try out. What came out of that intense twelve hour session, fuelled on a not insignificant amount of Dunkel and Leibfraumilch, was added to a four hour session using the same process in Liverpool to create the long player ARISE CONGLOMERATE.
    The album is a work of contrasts with irresistibly catchy numbers such as the horn driven soul of On The Weekend and the perfect 60s pop of 1,2,3 Girl superbly complemented by the eerie tremolo of Daily Grind and Down The World We Go and the gorgeous The Dividing Line. The driving garage blues on tracks like It Ain’t Human, Lay your Love Down and Horrible Conglomerate find The Cubical at their raucous best with lead guitarist Alex Gavaghan and rhythm man Johnny Green’s twanging telecasters innately snaking around lead singer Dan Wilson’s trademark blues growl as Mark Percy and Craig Bell’s rhythm section incessantly pound away underneath it all. Fantastic musicianship permeates the whole album as the two guitars weave in and out of each other for fun and some of the drumming is jaw droppingly impressive. Swampy minor chord blues like the piano driven Old Idiot, the scathing Moron Culture and the epic Blue Blue Sky add to the drama and space of the whole album which gives Wilson the perfect platform for his typically dark and witty observations which, although cloaked in the usual layers of subterfuge, seem to comment, mock and point the finger more than on the previous records. Wilson may have one of the dirtiest voices around but he’s more than just a one trick pony: He goes from sounding like a man possessed on stompers like Horrible Conglomerate to achingly fragile on the gentle Down The World We Go and bitter old romantic on Prisoner Of Our Love. Whatever mood he’s in, he’s taking us with him and it’s pretty difficult not to enjoy the ride.
    Recorded to four tracks with the tape hiss and mistakes left in, in contrast to the more studied It Ain’t Human, Arise Conglomerate is pretty much a live album with each track recorded in one or two takes. What results is a sometimes raucous, sometimes gentle, always brilliant live studio document of The Cubical at work.

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    "If the world were a better place, The Cubical would have number 1 hits all the way. Genius. 4/5" MOJO Magazine

    "The Cubical are not your average band." Q


    Shorty before releasing their critically acclaimed second album It Ain’t Human, The Cubical were asked by Spanish vinyl label Grabaciones de Impacto if they would like to record a 4 track reel to reel session at Lightning Recorders Studio in Berlin with a view to releasing whatever was captured as a mini album. They certainly didn’t need asking twice and off they went with a batch of freshly written songs to try out. What came out of that intense twelve hour session, fuelled on a not insignificant amount of Dunkel and Leibfraumilch, was added to a four hour session using the same process in Liverpool to create the long player ARISE CONGLOMERATE.
    The album is a work of contrasts with irresistibly catchy numbers such as the horn driven soul of On The Weekend and the perfect 60s pop of 1,2,3 Girl superbly complemented by the eerie tremolo of Daily Grind and Down The World We Go and the gorgeous The Dividing Line. The driving garage blues on tracks like It Ain’t Human, Lay your Love Down and Horrible Conglomerate find The Cubical at their raucous best with lead guitarist Alex Gavaghan and rhythm man Johnny Green’s twanging telecasters innately snaking around lead singer Dan Wilson’s trademark blues growl as Mark Percy and Craig Bell’s rhythm section incessantly pound away underneath it all. Fantastic musicianship permeates the whole album as the two guitars weave in and out of each other for fun and some of the drumming is jaw droppingly impressive. Swampy minor chord blues like the piano driven Old Idiot, the scathing Moron Culture and the epic Blue Blue Sky add to the drama and space of the whole album which gives Wilson the perfect platform for his typically dark and witty observations which, although cloaked in the usual layers of subterfuge, seem to comment, mock and point the finger more than on the previous records. Wilson may have one of the dirtiest voices around but he’s more than just a one trick pony: He goes from sounding like a man possessed on stompers like Horrible Conglomerate to achingly fragile on the gentle Down The World We Go and bitter old romantic on Prisoner Of Our Love. Whatever mood he’s in, he’s taking us with him and it’s pretty difficult not to enjoy the ride.
    Recorded to four tracks with the tape hiss and mistakes left in, in contrast to the more studied It Ain’t Human, Arise Conglomerate is pretty much a live album with each track recorded in one or two takes. What results is a sometimes raucous, sometimes gentle, always brilliant live studio document of The Cubical at work.

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"If the world were a better place, The Cubical would have number 1 hits all the way. Genius. 4/5" MOJO Magazine

"The Cubical are not your average band." Q


Shorty before releasing their critically acclaimed second album It Ain’t Human, The Cubical were asked by Spanish vinyl label Grabaciones de Impacto if they would like to record a 4 track reel to reel session at Lightning Recorders Studio in Berlin with a view to releasing whatever was captured as a mini album. They certainly didn’t need asking twice and off they went with a batch of freshly written songs to try out. What came out of that intense twelve hour session, fuelled on a not insignificant amount of Dunkel and Leibfraumilch, was added to a four hour session using the same process in Liverpool to create the long player ARISE CONGLOMERATE.
The album is a work of contrasts with irresistibly catchy numbers such as the horn driven soul of On The Weekend and the perfect 60s pop of 1,2,3 Girl superbly complemented by the eerie tremolo of Daily Grind and Down The World We Go and the gorgeous The Dividing Line. The driving garage blues on tracks like It Ain’t Human, Lay your Love Down and Horrible Conglomerate find The Cubical at their raucous best with lead guitarist Alex Gavaghan and rhythm man Johnny Green’s twanging telecasters innately snaking around lead singer Dan Wilson’s trademark blues growl as Mark Percy and Craig Bell’s rhythm section incessantly pound away underneath it all. Fantastic musicianship permeates the whole album as the two guitars weave in and out of each other for fun and some of the drumming is jaw droppingly impressive. Swampy minor chord blues like the piano driven Old Idiot, the scathing Moron Culture and the epic Blue Blue Sky add to the drama and space of the whole album which gives Wilson the perfect platform for his typically dark and witty observations which, although cloaked in the usual layers of subterfuge, seem to comment, mock and point the finger more than on the previous records. Wilson may have one of the dirtiest voices around but he’s more than just a one trick pony: He goes from sounding like a man possessed on stompers like Horrible Conglomerate to achingly fragile on the gentle Down The World We Go and bitter old romantic on Prisoner Of Our Love. Whatever mood he’s in, he’s taking us with him and it’s pretty difficult not to enjoy the ride.
Recorded to four tracks with the tape hiss and mistakes left in, in contrast to the more studied It Ain’t Human, Arise Conglomerate is pretty much a live album with each track recorded in one or two takes. What results is a sometimes raucous, sometimes gentle, always brilliant live studio document of The Cubical at work.

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released November 19, 2012

1 On the Weekend
Wilson, Gavaghan, Percy, Bell, Green

Vocals – Dan Wilson
Guitar/BVs – Alex Gavaghan
Guitar – John Paul Green
Bass- Craig Bell
Drums/Percussion/BVs- Mark Percy
Trumpet- James Blow
Trombone- Simeon Scheuber
Saxophone – Arthur Phillips
Handclaps - everyone
Recorded at George Martin Suite, LIPA, produced by Bjorn David Bancel and Tomos Pierce
Mixed at Room with a View Studios, Waterloo
Mastered by Axel Praefcke, Lightning Recorders, Berlin.

2. DAILY GRIND
Wilson, Gavaghan, Percy, Bell, Green

Vocals – Dan Wilson
Guitar – Alex Gavaghan
Guitar – John Paul Green
Bass- Craig Bell
Drums/Percussion- Mark Percy

Produced, mixed and mastered by Axel Praefcke, recorded at Lightning Recorders, Berlin


3.)IT AINT HUMAN
Wilson, Gavaghan

Vocals – Dan Wilson
Guitar – Alex Gavaghan
Guitar – John Paul Green
Bass- Craig Bell
Drums/Percussion- Mark Percy

Produced, mixed and mastered by Axel Praefcke, recorded at Lightning Recorders, Berlin

4.) THE DIVIDING LINE
Wilson, Green

Vocals – Dan Wilson
Guitar and BVs – Alex Gavaghan
Guitar – John Paul Green
Bass- Craig Bell
Drums/Percussion- Mark Percy

Recorded at George Martin Suite, LIPA, produced by Bjorn David Bancel and Tomos Pierce
Mixed at Room with a View Studios, Waterloo
Mastered by Axel, Lightning Recorders, Berlin.

5.) PRISONER OF OUR LOVE
Wilson

Vocals, Guitar – Dan Wilson
Piano – Alex Gavaghan
Guitar/ Ukulele – John Paul Green
Bass – Craig Bell
Drums/Percussion – Mark Percy

Produced, mixed and mastered by Axel Praefcke, recorded at Lightning Recorders, Berlin

6.) OLD IDIOT
Wilson, Gavaghan

Vocals, Guitar – Dan Wilson
Piano, BVs – Alex Gavaghan
Guitar – John Paul Green
Bass – Craig Bell
Drums/Percussion, BVs – Mark Percy
Miscellaneous noises – The Cubical and Raul Castro

Produced, mixed and mastered by Axel Praefcke, recorded at Lightning Recorders, Berlin


7.) DOWN THE WORLD WE GO
Wilson, Gavaghan

Vocals – Dan Wilson
Guitar – Alex Gavaghan

Produced, mixed and mastered by Axel Praefcke, recorded at Lightning Recorders, Berlin

8.) 1,2,3 GIRL
Wilson, Gavaghan

Vocals, Guitar- Dan Wilson
Guitar, BVs – Alex Gavaghan
Guitar – John Paul Green
Bass – Craig Bell
Drums/Percussion/BVs – Mark Percy

Produced, mixed and mastered by Axel Praefcke, recorded at Lightning Recorders, Berlin

9.) BLUE BLUE SKY
Wilson, Green

Vocals– Dan Wilson
Guitar– Alex Gavaghan
Guitar– John Paul Green
Bass – Craig Bell
Drums/Percussion – Mark Percy

Recorded Room With a View Studios, Waterloo, Liverpool, Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Keith Thompson.


10.) MORON CULTURE
Wilson, Gavaghan, Percy, Bell, Green

Vocals– Dan Wilson
Guitar– Alex Gavaghan
Guitar– John Paul Green
Bass – Craig Bell
Drums/Percussion – Mark Percy

Recorded at George Martin Suite, LIPA, produced by Bjorn David Bancel and Tomos Pierce
Mixed at Room with a View Studios, Waterloo
Mastered by Axel Praefcke, Lightning Recorders, Berlin.

11.) LOVED BUT ONE WOMAN
Wilson

Vocals, Guitar – Dan Wilson
Guitar/ BVs– Alex Gavaghan
Harmonica– John Paul Green
Bass – Craig Bell
Drums/Percussion/ BVs – Mark Percy

Produced, mixed and mastered by Axel Praefcke, recorded at Lightning Recorders, Berlin

12.) HORRIBLE CONGLOMERATE
Wilson, Green

Vocals– Dan Wilson
Hammond Organ/ BVs– Alex Gavaghan
Guitar– John Paul Green
Bass – Craig Bell
Drums/Percussion– Mark Percy

Produced, mixed and mastered by Axel Praefcke, recorded at Lightning Recorders, Berlin

13.) LAY YOUR LOVE DOWN
Wilson

Vocals, Guitar – Dan Wilson
Guitar/BVs– Alex Gavaghan
Harmonica– John Paul Green
Bass – Craig Bell
Drums/Percussion/ BVs – Mark Percy

Produced, mixed and mastered by Axel Praefcke, recorded at Lightning Recorders, Berlin

All tracks arranged by Wilson/Gavaghan/Percy/Green/Bell except Down The World We Go by Wilson/Gavaghan.

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“If the world were a better place, The Cubical would have number 1 hits all the way. Genius!” MOJO

"The Cubical are simply not your average band." Q MAGAZINE

"Wilson makes Waits sound like Tiny Tim.” THE GUARDIAN
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