DON CASH with PAMMM , DJ BOOTH and LADY MS MYRRH at the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West), Friday (June 16). $5. www.myspace.com/ilovelipstickcherry. Rating: NNNNN
To call Don Cash prolific would be just a bit of an understatement. His most recent CD, On The Bus, is his 12th release since 2001, including his 74-song (!) 2004 epic, Heavy Light.
Even though the disc is only a month old, Cash is already talking about ditching its freaked-out electro disco sound and moving on to the next project.
"I want to make music for mothers and children," explains Cash from his Queen West apartment. "I want to put together a full rock, soul and country band, something a little more organic than I've been doing."
You'd think he might want to sit still for a second and milk the new-wave soul of On The Bus a bit longer. Initial reactions have been good, and local disco-not-disco label Truffle Music has already picked up one of the tracks (Star Dust) to release as a dance single.
"Well, this is how Dylan, the Stones and the Beatles used to do it. When you think about it, if you write one song a week, that's 52 songs over a year. I'm trying to get better, and you can't do that making one album every three years. I have big goals. I want to make songs that everyone likes."
Unlike many folks working the synth-disco vibe, Cash has a deep respect for the song. Maybe a year or so ago, we were arguing about house music in a bar, and he proclaimed that he "only likes songs with lyrics" to explain his twin fascinations with hiphop and rock 'n' roll. Those hiphop and rock roots are still showing on his newest album, but for a change he doesn't sound like he's coming out of left field.
"I found myself going out to a lot of places where they were playing electro and I was having fun dancing to it. I needed a change, to do something more contemporary, and this seemed like the right time to do this. All of my records have had electro touches; this one's just a lot more disco.
"I'm 30 years old now, old enough to remember when people really loved rock 'n' roll, and I grew up with hiphop. The electro thing comes from working with what I have at my disposal, my computer."
Unfortunately, the computer in question died shortly after Cash completed On The Bus, so he may be pushed into putting together that dream band sooner than he'd hoped if he wants to keep up his absurd pace.