by Jeremy Morrison
It’s just before midnight on a chilly evening in early March and the guys in Precubed are taking a break on The Handlebar’s back patio before beginning their set.
It’s the group’s first performance of 2017 — the start to an active spring — and Aaron Finlay is feeling pretty good about things.
“I’m the happiest with this line-up,” Finlay said.
Precubed is Finlay’s brainchild, a project he’s worked on since 2009. The group has seen various incarnations, involving a rotating cast of Pensacola musicians that has at times swollen to seven members strong.
“The bigger band was great, in my head it sounded great,” Finlay said, “but there were so many logistics.”
With members having their own personal or professional obligations, the band began to shrink. From a seven-piece to a five-piece, and now to a three-piece.
The group currently consist of Finlay, Joe Rawley and Brad Frick. Though scaled down, the trio conjures a thick, synth-laden dreamscape.
“You gotta hit it hard to fill in the space,” Finlay said, explaining how the band makes use of loops and sampling effects to fill out the sound.
The current lineup of Precubed has added four new songs to their repertoire and is gearing up to take the show out on the road, spending the spring hitting stops throughout the Southeast. They’ve lined up some shows in Alabama and are waiting to hear back from Nashville. Locally, they’ve got a date in Fort Walton Beach and a few hometown gigs in Pensacola, including a Record Store Day performance April 22 at Revolver Records.
The group is planning its spring tour in short sprints out of town. Day-drive-distance destinations that allow for spending work weeks at home with family.
“We’re trying to play as hard as we can on the weekends,” Finlay laughed.
To learn more about Precubed or view the band’s tour dates, click here.