Published Feb 12, 2007For over a decade, Willington, Connecticut death machine Cable made music unconcerned by trends, stable line-ups, success, or appealing to anyone but themselves. And they paid the price for adhering to ideals most pay only lip service to. Despite hammering out music that would foreshadow/influence bands such as Isis and Botch, impacting the mid- to late 90s aggressive underground, Cable are seldom mentioned as more than a foot note, if at all, but Last Call is an attempt to set the record straight. Collecting tracks that span their strange trip, from abrasive, unorthodox, slashing hardcore to boundary challenging noisecore to Southern rock-influenced metallic behemoth, Last Call gives a good sampling of Cables cannon while including a well-recorded, tight live set from their last show at CBGB in 2004 and an affecting new song, "Last Call, that effortlessly channels the despair, anguish and hope of Cables best work. Also included on the accompanying DVD is the video of that last CBGB show, as well as an excellent, in-depth, revealing hour-long film on Cables history and trials and tribulations, again simply entitled Last Call. Raise your glasses for one last toast.
Was it bittersweet to record "Last Call? Drummer Victor Szalaj: I dont think it was at the time but maybe in retrospect. I think the biggest bummer was that it was the best collection of people we ever had; I wish we had that line-up for an entire album, but the time had come.
Whats your opinion on the Cable documentary? I think Ed Ballinger did a great job. He had a story to tell and I think he told it well. We have a great wealth of history that is impossible to divulge in a 60-minute movie. Ed took aspects of our career and drew a story from it, it would be a massive undertaking to have everyone in the band put in their two cents, which is why Randy and I are absent from the film; it was Eds vision and I appreciate it.
To paraphrase a line from the doc, "Cable was a band that existed because they needed to get something out, and maybe they dont anymore, which is why they stopped. Agree? Id say Christian [McKenna, Translation Loss] was right on. Cable were born out of a need to drain our emotions and thoughts, when you run out of things to say, its time to say goodnight. (Translation Loss)