Posted by: rowenawilcox | May 24, 2010

#Music_Monday: Cuba Cuba

          (Teaser video for Cuba Cuba’s first single – ‘Home is the Fire’)

Ahead of their debut single release next Monday, Morgan Isaac, one fifth of Cuba Cuba, talks to us about the launch, ambitions to tour Europe and inviting Dave Grohl to dinner.

The band is made up of Morgan (vocals/guitar/keys), Danny Owen (guitar/keys), Sion Fenwick (guitar/vocals), Lewys Isaac (drums/vocals) and Michael McCabe (bass/vocals) and they have an inimitable pop-rock meets indie sound that’ll warrant an abundance of airtime.

Here is the full interview transcript:

Tweet Cardiff: How did you guys get started as a band?

Cuba Cuba: It all came together pretty easy for us at the beginning. It was my brother and I first then Sion was a close friend and he lived next door to us. We were all into the same sort of music. Then we recruited Danny and Mike from different groups of friends. 
TC: How long have you been together?

CC: We’ve been together for about 2 ½ years now. In the last year its become more than a hobby for us and we’ve got some great people behind us now in the management, label and agent areas.
TC: What’s been your favourite gig so far?

CC: This is always a hard question because we’ve played shows of a massive scale like when we supported Funeral For A Friend at the great hall in Cardiff. That was an amazing experience but we’ve smaller shows where we’ve been much more relaxed and having fun. Playing Swansea’s student union last year was so fun.
TC: Any backstage info from behind the scenes at your gigs?

CC: Behind the scenes before the show we play games and rap, Lots of rapping. Sion and Lewys are semi professional. People join in and stuff. It’s impressive.
TC: Who are your musical influences?

CC: We have so many throughout the band but some we all agree on: Coldplay, Foals, Sigur Ros, Death Cab For Cutie, Phoenix, Passion Pit. That’s a pretty good sum up I’d say.
TC: What would you be doing if you weren’t in the band?

CC: I’d be graduating from university with a politics degree and making a nice living for myself. Haha! I wouldn’t change any of the decisions I’ve made though. I’m having the time of my life. The rest of the boys would probably be doing about the same thing. We’re not stupid.
TC: Where do you see yourselves in five years time?

CC: We’ll still be having fun. We’ve always said we’d like to release some albums and tour Europe so if that’s where we’re at in 5 years we’d be happy. That said, we’re hugely ambitious. We’d like to be able to make a living from this someday.
TC: Any diva demands backstage?

CC: From what we’ve learned on tour, you’re lucky to get a rider these days. A nice selection of chilled, bottled beer. That’s it! We’re not too fussy yet.
TC: Which 3 guests would you invite to dinner (dead or alive)?

CC: Easy – David Attenborough, Dave Grohl and Will Ferrell. That’s the ultimate dinner there.
TC: Anything you guys would like to add?

CC: Just that our debut single ‘Home Is The Fire’ is out 31st of May and it would be amazing if everyone could order a copy now from our label’s store. The first hundred pre-orders of the single win a prize ranging from a free Cuba Cuba t-shirt to free entry to one of our shows and there’s even a chance to have us play in your house. Thank you.

For full details of the prizes up for grabs and to pre-order the fantastic single, simply follow the links.



  1. epic band, go buy the cd people

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