The Dice Cubes
There is no denying that rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly is alive in the Canadian Prairies! The irresistible beat of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis and Jerry Lee’s music has been rooted deep in our hearts, our feet and our collective musical consciousness. This is why The Dice Cubes seem both familiar and shockingly new. Gleaning what they can from the giants, and drawing inspiration from the likes of contemporary artists like JD McPherson, Chris Isaak and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, The Dice Cubes are tapping into this enduring vibration while trying to shape their own distinct beat.
While this Edmonton-based five-piece has other styles of music at their fingertips, be it Rockabilly, Jazz, or Rhythm and Blues, it is that bedrock pulse laid down by pioneers like D.J. Fontana back in ’57, that resonates throughout the music of The Dice Cubes. Igniting the dance floor with a snap of the snare; enough to cause teenagers to jerk in paroxysms of joy, and every adult to tremble in anticipation of a coming cultural shift. The beat has been twisted into our collective DNA; it is an eternal rhythm.
The band’s exploration of their influences rolls out fast and infectiously on their second effort, Got Lucky. Moving from rollicking rockabilly (Rumble Strip; Long and Lanky) to jungle beats (The Apeman) to bouncy Hawaiian grooves (Hula Girl), they all become more evident on second or third listens: a touch of country, a hint of NOLA, an overly caffeinated hot-rod Cliff Gallup on Calling all Cars. Count ‘em all out if you want, or just dance, which is what this music was always intended for.
The Dice Cubes released their third album, Make Me Motor, right at the start of the pandemic lockdown in may of 2020! Call it what you will - Contempory Rock and Roll, Modern Rockabilly, Ameripolitan! Labels don’t matter! These are fun, energetic guitar based tunes, built from the love of 1950’s rock mixed with a raw punk rock aesthetic. Recorded live-of-the-floor, then mixed and mastered by the great Stew Kirkwood at his studio Sound Extractor! This record is alive from the opening beat to the terminus pulse! This album has been pressed on glorious black 180 Gram Vinyl for your listening pleasure!
During the downtime the world experienced, The Dice Cubes quietly wrote and recorded a Christmas album as a gift to all their friends, family and followers and it was released just in time for the holiday season in 2021. While recording at Edmonton Studio with Trevor Rockwood they also found time to record an album worth of 1950's Obscure Canadian Rockabilly from a project that was first proposed to them by "Lefty" Lethbridge, host of The Rockenrolleum. Lefty was looking to explore The History and Mystery of Canadian Rock & Roll and also guest stars on the 2022 album Rockin' on The Edge of Town as a Radio DJ in between songs!
2023 brought a new Rhythm Section to The Dice Cubes as members did an instrument shuffle, and the end of the year looks to hold a brand new record coming soon!
“The local four-piece is one of the city’s best-kept secrets, a soulfully swaggering combo with killer songwriting and a flexible six-string master in Dawson Walker. They’re on a bit of a tear lately." - Tom Murray (Edmonton Journal)
Jimmy – Vocalist, Ukulele
Dawson – Guitar
Andrew - Bass
Derek - Drums