by Phil Harmonic
When I received the Cables
four-song CD, I was surprised to receive, along with it, the same four songs on seven-inch vinyl. I played both simultaneously, then switched the amp back and forth between CD and phonograph to see which I preferred to listen to. Although the CD had a crisper, clearer sound, I liked the sound of a real record much better. I can't really explain why. It just felt better.
The new self-titled seven-inch vinyl may only have four songs, but they are very good songs that showcase the band's range. The Cables, who now reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, were formed in 1996 in San Diego. Band members include Mike Flinn, songwriter, vocals, guitar, and keyboards; Eben Henner, guitar, bass, and vocals; Billy Lovd, bass, guitar, and vocals; and Trevor Wend on drums.
Flinn's compositions go from manic, riff-heavy on "The Wounded Man" to sparse and sorrowful on "South Pity." I hear tinges of Ric Ocasek of the Cars on "Starsick" and the influence of David Bowie on "Driftwood."
Flinn recorded most of the tracks in the Bay Area but did the final touches in San Diego with coproducer Mike Kamoo of the Stereotypes at his San Diego studio. Coming back to one's home town can bring out feelings that add guts and substance and result in a raw, natural performance. For more info, visit their their website: www.mikeflinn.com
File under "Indie Rawk."