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The Flashcubes Biography
Bill Holmes, Pop Culture
Press , March 2003
Brilliant captures their intensity and smart pop chops. They're at the top of their game.
Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post Standard, January 2003
Brilliant proves that Arty Lenin, Gary Frenay, Paul Armstrong and Tommy Allen got older AND better!
Just imagine: a dynamic rock 'n' roll band, combining the most captivating elements of the mid-'60s British Invasion and late-'70s new wave, occupying a really cool DMZ between The Who, The Hollies, The Romantics and The Ramones, playing live shows that convince you that you've witnessed the most exciting rock & roll on the planet, and making records that fully capture the giddy thrill of those live shows.
Now imagine that all started 25 years ago, and you never even heard of the band responsible. Until now.
That band is The Flashcubes--the great lost power pop group of the '70s. And now, they�re back, with a brand new studio album with a self-descriptive title: Brilliant.
The Flashcubes originally formed in Syracuse, NY in 1977, inspired by the heady rush of punk rock and by their mutual love of great rock 'n' roll, from Eddie Cochran through Big Star, The Sex Pistols and beyond. They wrote a lot of terrific songs, played a lot of sweaty, transcendent gigs, and released two singles in their aggressive bid for stardom. In the minds of The Flashcubes' fans, there was never any doubt that this band was gonna be huge. But it was not to be, and The Flashcubes broke up in 1980, their promise unfulfilled.
But even as The Flashcubes seemed destined to fade away, their legend grew. By the early '90s, more people had heard of The Flashcubes than had ever actually heard them. When Rhino Records included their first single, "Christi Girl," on a power pop retrospective called Come Out And Play, The Flashcubes themselves decided it was time to live up to their legend by hitting the road, and gaining an ever-increasing new bloc of eager fans via incendiary live appearances in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and even Japan, where The Flashcubes were treated like stars.
That point is made with Brilliant, the first real studio album of The Flashcubes' long, brilliant career. Bursting with 12 new original Flashcubes tunes, Brilliant makes the case that not only were The Flashcubes one of the greatest rock 'n' roll groups to make the scene in the late '70s, they're still one of the very best around. An opening cover of the Eddie & the Hot Rods classic "Do Anything You Wanna Do" serves as both a statement of intent and a gauntlet thrown. Who could resist such a powerful call to arms? Who would wanna resist?
Brilliant. Legendary. The Flashcubes rule again.
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