Saturday, March 20, 2010

Article: From Rolling Stone, November 14, 1996

Lifted from the blog at cub's Myspace page:

Much like the early Go-Go's albums, Cub's sunny harmonies and sing-along refrains blend the '60s girl-group tradition with three-chord punk songwriting. So when a friend of the band [nicolas bragg of the vancouver band destroyer] described Cub's music as "cuddlecore" a few years ago, the Canadian trio was amused at first and even emblazoned CUDDLECORE '94 inside its first LP, Betti-Cola.

The moniker soon got old. "People want to pin performers down in general, especially women," says bassist Lisa Marr. On Cub's third LP, Box Of Hair, they show signs of more core and less cuddle. "It's just more direct," says Marr. "Our albums are poppy and quiet, but our live show is noisy and aggressive. That surprises people, which is good."

Cub seem to enjoy keeping folks guessing. The title of their 1995 LP, Come Out, Come Out!, had the press in Vancouver, British Columbia, speculating on the band's sexual preferences. "Come Out, Come Out! means, 'Do whatever it is you want to do'," says Marr. "Not necessarily, 'Hello, I am a lesbian." But I just like to perpetuate rumors. I got outed in a Vancouver paper, which cracks me up." (For the record, Marr [was] married to Ronnie Barnett of the Muffs.)

Cub are dead serious about running the band, however. The threesome tours incessantly and answers its growing piles of mail by hand. "A lot of girls have told us that they've started playing music because of us," says Marr. "That, to me, is really cool." And as you might expect from a band that covers both Yoko Ono and Motorhead tunes, Cub are not afraid of change. "I've tried to incorporate dancers into our set," says drummer Lisa Nielsen. "Every night I wander around looking for people to dance onstage. They're not into it."

- from rolling stone magazine - interview by anthony bozza, page 56 of issue 747, november 14, 1996.

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