Paul “Q” Cusick - P’dice

Paul Cusick
P’dice
Q Rock Records
2012
6.5
Paul “Q” Cusick, started his musical career only a few years ago, by releasing his debut album upon the world and now, no more than 3 years later, we find him unleashing a second offering upon us. Q, is a multi-instrumentalist, who’s main thing has always been the guitar anyway, but never did cut his own drums so to this purpose here he enlists the help of two really great drummers Marco Minneman and Gavin Harrison which is a little surprising, as the percussive, needs are not really THAT extraordinaire, but still... who am I to tell him how to spend his own money... also there seem to be a lot of fans who seem to have lent a hand in the production of this record in various aspects, as detailed in the albums booklet.
 
The music is quite melancholic for the most part, if one would look beyond the crazy, “overloaded” opener “Everything” that sorta pulls all stops and kinda sounds frantic when compared with the rest of the album’s shoegazin’ ethos and really slow pace. I suppose, for the rest of the album, Steve Wilson’s Porcupine Tree ‘d be a good parallelism although vocally there are also references to other more pop and crappier Brit bands with more atonal vocals. All in all, not such a bad, suggestion for fans of Wilson’s stuff, provided, you give it a listen first and you don’t mind the “melancholy trip”.