The Dice Cubes, with The Frolics

The Dice Cubes, with The Frolics

Friday, January 21 2022

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 four-piece has other styles of music at their fingertips, be it rockabilly, jazz, New Orleans rhythm and blues, or punk, 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; all available 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. See you on the dance-floor! 

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Formed on a sultry southern night in East Nashville in 2007, The Frolics blend elements of Surf (Dick Dale), Punk (The Dead Kennedys) and Camp (The Cramps). This shaken, not stirred, cocktail yields a potent mix of what they like to call “B-Movie Bombshell Surf"... with a twang!

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