By Russell Barker
San Francisco's The Cables give us four tracks of rootsy rock on their latest EP, yet there's much more to them than that.
'All The Autos Play' is an interesting choice of opening track, being the least immediately accessible thing here. It ushers the EP in gently, a slow burner featuring simmering, twinkling keyboard sounds. Gradually its warm waves of sound envelope you and leave you feeling relaxed for the rest of the songs.
For 'The Wounded Man 2.0' and 'Daylight At Ground Zero' Mike's vocals become quite earnest, echoing Mick Jagger and even Bruce Springsteen in delivery if nothing else. However this is not at all annoying as it compliments the tunes well, which tread the right side of the FM rock line, thanks mainly to some squelchy sounding keyboards and naggingly persistent guitar.
The best is saved for last in 'Vivarin', a rollicking country tune, driven along at a swift pace by the drums and some oddly affecting keys. This is up there with the stuff from the first Thrills album and even good old Jonathan Richman. All this leaves 'All The Autos Play' as a good EP that gets progressively better before building to a great climax.