Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cub Cadets: Why Bands Should Use All Music, Duh

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Here's a video of a band called Cub, playing an untitled song in the basement of an undisclosed location. According to the band's MySpace page, they were formed in Nashville by two fellows who are now attending college in New York and Illinois. I've seen approximately 7,000,012 bands play songs in this style (stop-start "post rock" rock with spastic jazz-influenced drums), but it's a style I like, except when the band can't come up with any ideas that even seem fresh.

My question, though, is about the band's choice of name. The times and the Internet being what they are, the first thing people who play music together should do, when they finally decide to face the difficult question of, "Dude, what are we gonna call this awesome band we're in?" is, of course, to consult All Music. If there's already a band called what you want to call your awesome band, you pick something else. Simple.

Granted, Cub--the original, all-female Cub--was never really a big band, but they were big enough, in indie circles, that the name is, for all practical purposes, taken. They were on Mint Records, which had a distro deal through former Green Day home Lookout! for Cub's album Box of Hair, for example. That album came out in 1996, two years after Shellac released At Action Park. Considering that Cub--the new, all-male Cub--list Shellac as an influence, they have obviously spent some time listening to '90s indie rock.

Kids these days.

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