“The new self-titled seven-inch vinyl may only have four songs, but they are very good songs that showcase the band's range. The Cables, who now reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, were formed in 1996 in San Diego. Band members include Mike Flinn, songwriter, vocals, guitar, and keyboards; Eben Henner, guitar, bass, and vocals; Billy Lovd, bass, guitar, and vocals; and Trevor Wend on drums.
Flinn's compositions go from manic, riff-heavy on "The Wounded Man" to sparse and sorrowful on "South Pity." I hear tinges of Ric Ocasek of the Cars on "Starsick" and the influence of David Bowie on "Driftwood."
Flinn recorded most of the tracks in the Bay Area but did the final touches in San Diego with coproducer Mike Kamoo of the Stereotypes at his San Diego studio. Coming back to one's home town can bring out feelings that add guts and substance and result in a raw, natural performance.
San Diego Troubadour
“The Cables All The Autos Play
By Russell Barker
San Francisco's The Cables give us four tracks of rootsy rock on their latest EP, yet there's much more to them than that.
'All The Autos Play' is an interesting choice of opening track, It ushers the EP in gently, a slow burner featuring simmering, twinkling keyboard sounds. Gradually its warm waves of sound envelope you and leave you feeling relaxed for the rest of the songs.
For 'The Wounded Man 2.0' and 'Daylight At Ground Zero' Mike's vocals become quite earnest, echoing Mick Jagger and even Bruce Springsteen in delivery if nothing else. However this is not at all annoying as it compliments the tunes well, which tread the right side of the FM rock line, thanks mainly to some squelchy sounding keyboards and persistent guitar.
The best is saved for last in 'Vivarin', a rollicking country tune, driven along at a swift pace by the drums and some oddly affecting keys. This is up there with the stuff from the first Thrills al”