The band name may not be familiar but the talents of the key personnel might be. NOVACUB was formed by Bloc Party’s drummer Louise Bartle, and the EP was produced by Steve Osbourne (New Order, Suede, U2) alongside Brad Mair and the band members.
As if to do us out of a job, Bartle outlined what you can expect: “If you ever find yourself listening to shredding guitars and thrashing drums, you’ll like it. If you ever imagine embracing an angry female rapping over punk music, we got you! Want a dance party or a feeling of melancholy? Well look NO further. The EP shows a mix of genres which combined make the NOVACUB sound.”
The opening track, I Still Need It, is a joyful, irrepressible burst of indie pop-rock. We needed this.
Wait Up is another punchy tune about a failing relationship: “Chasing yesterday/but I can’t wait while you make up your mind.” Its driving instrumentation and catchy choruses are compelling.
Strike is a dance party tune, where you’ll really see what Bartle meant about mixing genres.
We Don’t Care has a Gregorian chant intro (of course) until Tony Alda’s drums take their usual place in propelling the songs as Bartle spits rhymes with a riot grrrl attitude.
End Of The World takes that punk ethos and mixes it with a tender, melodic chorus reminiscent of Paramore.
The EP is 17 minutes of pure energy and you’d currently get change from £3.50 when you buy the digital downloads. Bargain!
NOVACUB are supporting My Vitriol (remember them!) later this month:
October 31, 2019: The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
November 1, 2019: Islington Assembly Hall, London
In the meantime, here’s a guitar and bass tutorial for I Still Need It by NOVACUB’s Russell Lissack:
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