I have to admit that I’d never heard the music of Cubic Feet before their album reached my desk. I did
know that they were a highly rated indie band back in the ‘90’s. The band’s last album was released
I had heard of singer / songwriter Mark Davidson. In fact, I reviewed the debut album of his band,
Nuke The Soup. Mark was one of the two anchor members of Cubic Feet. The other anchor member
was guitarist / keyboardist Woody Lissaur. Most of the group’s material was produced by Pete Solley,
who’s also worked with both Oingo Boingo and The Romantics.
The album that I mentioned above actually has two discs. The first disc contains thirteen songs that
were culled from the four albums that the band put out during their prime. The second disc contains
eight songs that never got placed on the radio or on an album. This two disc collection is called The
Living End: Then And Now. It is being released on the Meteor Records label.
Save The World is first up on the first disc. It is a fun, lyrical piece with toe tapping music and fluid
Across The River is next. The song is a mellow rock ballad.
I really liked the guitar and key work in the smile effecting song, In My Room. This song almost harks
back to a ‘60’s kind of pop rock styling.
So You Want To Be Friends is kind of like The Knack lite.
Hold On Me is a nice love ballad.
Stuck into the middle of the album is cool, moderately paced rock anthem called Monkey.
That’s followed by the nice acoustic guitar based tune, Lighter.
‘90’s Pop abounds in Spinning 'Round.
There is an almost British Invasion influence in the song Ridiculous.
Bitter Pill brings things back to the ‘90’s rock scene.
The Romantics influence might just be heard a bit in Natasha.
Not quite done with songs that have girl’s names, there is a tough, moody rock ballad called Caroline.
The last song on the first disc is the light and easy Sweetest Thing.
The second disc begins with an acoustic guitar and keys laden mellow tune called Living End.
Cool, laid back toe-tapping music can be found Hard On You.
Blackheart begins with a kind of dark rock anthem sound then slides into a moderate pop rock
Light head bopping rock music is in Colored Glasses.
Fun music and light hearted vocals are in Counting.
19 Again has the singer reverting back to an earlier time in his life. The song has a bit of dark guitar
base in a kind of slight rock anthem tone.
Moving back to the toe tapping scene, there is Brand New Day.
The second disc ends with a nice acoustic guitar laden tune called Tumblin’ Down.
With all of the nostalgic resurgence of 80’s and ‘90’s bands, it makes sense that some of them would
be re-issuing music. The repackaging of old songs and adding others that new made the airwaves
make The Living End: Then And Now a great collection. Not only do Cubic Feet fans get a nice crosssection
of the group’s music, they get to listen to songs they had never heard before. And listeners
who’ve never heard Cubic Feet before will be in for a nice treat.
The Living End: Now And Then is out in stores now and available online