CUBANATE FRONTMAN UNVEILS DEBUT ALBUM!
‘Adult Fiction’ is taken from The Hum, which is set for release through Armalyte Industries on 11 November. Album and single are available to pre-order here.
Recorded earlier this year in Singapore, where Heal is now based, the album takes its name from the mysterious throbbing and groaning sound that has been reported and occasionally recorded worldwide in recent years. No-one is certain of the cause of the noise. “Well, it was quite a mysterious process to me. I hadn’t been inspired to write music in such a long time. For years I did nothing. Suddenly I couldn’t stop. I wrote 16 songs in 5 weeks…” sys Heal. “If you like dark music, the later stages of life offer far richer creative pickings. When you’re young, you make mistakes – fall in love, get in a fight, take some drugs – who cares? It’s not for keeps. But now is when the real stuff happens – divorce, suicide, children, death, money, murder, success, failure. Now you’ve got history. Now it’s for real. This is when the ghosts come back to haunt you.”
A published author – Heal’s first book The Sussex Devils was published in 2014 – he was inspired to write ‘Adult Fiction’ through his experiences of attending writers’ workshops in Singapore. “The writers were almost exclusively female,” he says. “The wives of expatriate bankers. In the evening you would turn up to their fabulous houses, wall-to-wall marble and mahogany. Often there were just two or three of you. You sat and listened to their work-in-progress novels: crime, historical, romance. But one of them had this bleak tale of a near-future England, post-biological catastrophe, with a handful of child survivors and a cool heroine. That set me off.”
Formed in 1992, Cubanate released four acclaimed albums as well as classic singles ‘Oxyacetylene’ and ‘Body Burn’. Touring with the likes of GARY NUMAN, SISTERS OF MERCY, FRONT 242 and FEAR FACTORY, they ceased activity in 1999, briefly reuniting in 2010.