When we last heard from Cable35 they had just released their debut album, Louder, and were based out of Malta (for those who don’t know, Malta is an island nation in the Mediterranean and is also one of the most densely populated nations in the world). My what a difference a year or so makes. A year ago I was celebrating my 6th annual 29th birthday and now my 7th annual is fast approaching. For Cable35, they have a slightly less geeky perspective – they relocated to Sheffield, England to bring their sound to the masses (or at least – people hip to the music). The band still consists of Jeff on guitar / vox, Kriz on bass / vox, and Chris on drums. The upcoming EP by the band is called Fungus and it expands on the sounds of the debut whilst also offering up a looser vibe.
I had the privilege of attending high school during the years 1991 to 1995 – what could be viewed as the peak era of commercialization of the Seattle grunge sound (though as I will endlessly preach, the roots of grunge in my opinion originated with the 60’s band The Sonics who were based out of Tacoma, WA). It seemed like every week there was a new rumor – Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam dying from speedballing (since he’s been releasing records steadily, it is safe to assume this rumor wasn’t true), Kurt Cobain of Nirvana OD’ing, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains OD’ing, etc….The scene was so commercial by 1992 it spawned off a 2nd wave of lesser bands and imitators. Even though I listen to music of all ilks, I have a special spot in my heart for what was dubbed “the seattle scene” (hell, I even moved to the Seattle area). In a sad twist of fate, I recently recalled the scene on April 5th, as both Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley died on that day (8 years apart).