UK crossover act Cubanate to release retrospective collection
Apr 2017 01

The British techno-rock crossover band Cubanate will release a retrospective collection album called “Brutalism” on May 5, on Armalyte Industries.

“Brutalism” covers the years 1992 to 1996 and features 14 songs from their first three albums, including remastered versions of singles such as “Oxyacetylene”, “Body Burn” and “Joy”.

The band managed to bring industrial to (limited) mainstream success in the 90:s, and they toured with Front 242, Gary Numan, The Sisters of Mercy and Front Line Assembly. They signed on to the legendary label Wax Trax! in the USA and have had their songs appear in films, TV episodes and on game soundtracks. Their early work has long been out of print.

The band will also play live in the UK for the first time in nearly 20 years with dates in London and Glasgow in late April, and they will also play the Terminus Festival in Calgary, Canada in July.

Marc Heal looks back:

- Listening back to these old tracks and hearing them remastered I’m pleased and surprised how fresh they sound. We had so little time to record them, it was all done on the fly. These days, with EDM now big corporate business, it’s easy to forget how wild and anarchic that early techno scene was. Anything went. One thing to remember was that it was only ten or twelve years after punk. If you had been a 16-year-old punk in 1978, you were still barely in your late 20:s when all these mad raves were happening so a lot of people who were a bit older in the scene were people who had been punks and still carried that spirit.