London's NOVACUB have released their first single, the huge 'I Still Need It' via LAB Records.
Whilst the song itself is a catchy guitar driven alt pop track, the message behind it is darker as singer Louise Bartle explains, "I Still Need It is about a failing relationship in my life - feeling someone slip away and questioning my own feelings in the process. There's a mix of desperation and anger that still takes me back to that moment."
The band, completed by Russell Lissack, Iona Thomas and Tony Alda will be heading out with Kaiser Chiefs on their UK tour. Dates below:
January 28 - LINCOLN, Engine Shed
January 29 - CARLISLE, Carlisle Sands Centre
January 31 - BLACKBURN, King George’s Hall
February 9 - STOKE, Victoria Hall
February 12 - CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
February 13 - NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
February 15 - EXETER, University
February 17 - SOUTHEND, Cliffs Pavillion
February 19 - MARGATE, Winter Gardens
February 20 - BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavillion
NOVACUB is Louise Bartle, Russell Lissack, Iona Thomas and Tony Alda
Louise Bartle has been drumming since childhood. After cutting her teeth as a session player with pop stars like Selena Gomez and Eliza Doolittle, she landed the gig playing drums for Bloc Party in 2015. It was around that time that she began writing her own songs. Touring has a lot of downtime, after all, and she was armed with a guitar and a whole bunch of feelings.
Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack took immediate notice of Louise’s writing skills. “The moment I met Louise, I knew we had a unique musical chemistry,” Russell says. “We often joke that we must be twins because we are so in sync.”
Bassist Iona, originally from Wales and a touring harpist/backing vocalist with artists like Neneh Cherry and Laura Mvula, became friends with Louise through the London music scene. Similarly,
Venezuelan drummer Tony Alda met Louise when the two of them attended many of the same open mic nights around town.
“Writing songs in NOVACUB has been a magical experience for me,” Louise says. “I have been able to express myself fully and let loose all my creative juices. Meeting Russell was vital – he’s helped pull out my creativity and has given me the confidence to stand up front on stage. Tony and Iona give NOVACUB our full identity and bring so much excitement into the band.”
“Iona and Tony as our rhythm section was the missing piece of the puzzle we were looking for,” Russell adds.
“I’m dying for people to hear our music,” Louise gushes. “And now it’s happening!”