Cuban Heel is a five-piece rock band from Launceston, Tasmania in Australia. They started playing shows in 2016 and also recently released a six-song EP entitled When You're Alone. This is a very impressive debut. I’m not sure when the band actually formed but they are obviously not novices. They have chemistry throughout the EP. The songs are well written, catchy and well delivered.
They open with “10” which was a highlight. The song is dynamic and has a contemporary rock vibe. Things can become convoluted with a five-piece band but they are smart enough to never allow that to happen. The instrumentation is exceptional overall but on this song I would say the vocals are just as worthy. There is a bit of sadness, reflection and hope in the delivery of lyrics. The vocalist sings “I remember when time was on my side, and like a broken record spinning, It’s skipping most of mine.” The tempo changes towards the end but is not to be missed.
“10” was a personal favorite but the band proves they aren’t a one hit wonder. “Ghost” and “What Was Underneath” are other notable efforts. Similar to “10” they latch onto a popular rock vibe that isn’t too far off from bands like Interpol and The Killers.
“Chaos” was the first song that had a notable shift in energy. Take the intensity down which was needed and the song ends up being more emotionally powerful because of that. The lead vocals and background vocals are on point.
“Vessels” seemed to have a different lead vocalist for the first couple of measures. It’s a different tone but works great for the the song. “Vessels” is upbeat and infectious. They close with “Blood Type” which solidifies their talent.
The only advice I have for the band is to be aware that they are playing into a style that has already been quite popular for the last couple of years. Don’t get me wrong they do it to near perfection but they might have a little bit of trouble making their way through the noise because of the sheer number of bands. Finding a way to stick out from the pack is extremely hard but still something I encourage talented young bands to think about.
When You're Alone is a great EP and one heck of a way to get going int the right direction. Recommended.
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