We were young, inexperienced. We could barely play our instruments, but most of all we didn’t care… We wanted to start something new but we weren’t sure exactly what…
So begins the band statement accompanying It Cost Me Everything 1994-1995, the harrowing, fiery, gorgeously chaotic collection that resurrects and packages together three essential recordings from Connecticut noisecore trailblazers Cable — the long out-of-print demo cassette, a split 7-inch with Malcolm’s Lost, and the Part Three/Feed Me Glass 7-inch — and proves both enthralling in its own right as well as a fascinating signpost en route to the excellent Variable Speed Drive (1996) and a straight-up underground masterpiece Gutter Queen (1999).
Why a Cable reissue now?
I have remained close friends with Brian Simmons from Atomic Action! Records ever since we started working with the label back in 1995. Brian released a CD of the material way back in 1996 but the mastering was off and the CD ended up sounding terrible, so we were never really happy with that release. About a year ago Brian mentioned to me the idea of this vinyl only release of the old material and I thought it would be cool considering its been over 20 years and the demo and EP’s have been long out of print. Besides, I figured it would be a good chance to re-release the stuff the way it was meant to be heard so we had all the tracks remastered and I think it came out cool.
How the perspective granted by a couple decades changed the view/appreciation of Cable‘s work?
It’s really hard for me to judge my own work. I should probably leave that to the fans of the band to answer that question, but from these early recordings we did to the last studio album, I feel the band progressed and grew in many different ways. After these early recordings with Jeff Caxide on bass and Matt Becker on guitar, I moved over to bass and Bernie Romanowski came aboard on guitar. The core of me, Vic and Bernie would go on to play together for years and play on every recording the band did after these early demo and EPs. I think almost every record we made has a different trip going on — we never really tried to repeat ourselves from album to album. Looking back I like different periods of our career for different reasons and I’m proud of most of the records we made with a few exceptions.
Does this reissue signal a new period of activity?
It’s hard to tell what the future of the band holds. We all have busy personal lives and I’m very dedicated to my current band Slow Death. There are a few other Cable reissues that will be coming out in 2018 that we are stoked to announce soon and we have definitely talked about the possibility of doing a few shows and recording some new material. We never officially broke up after the release of our last studio album, The Failed Convict, in 2009 — we just haven’t done much since then. We did play one show in Connecticut in the spring of 2016. We are always open to listening to offers to play shows, but the days of Cable being a recording and touring machine are basically over. Hopefully some exciting things for Cable fans are coming in 2018!