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Rub, The - 2002 Three Wishes

ARTIST: Rub, The
ALBUM: Three Wishes
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Leslye Barrett - vocals * Rob Schonberger - bass * John Landau - guitars, vocals * Andreas Barrett - keyboards, vocals, viola * Chris Ferrari - drums, percussion, vocals, trumpet

Additional Musician: Jeremy Saunders - sax, acoustic guitar, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 118 * 02 Dark Matters * 03 Journey Through The Dark * 04 I Wonder * 05 Mockingbird * 06 Jesse's Girl * 07 Wide Asleep * 08 Dog And Pony Show * 09 No Message * 10 Everyman's Refrain

Not exactly the stuff of rock and roll legend; The Rub called Washington, DC home and were and still are at it seems as members of the White House U.S. Marine Band. A good gig, but just an uneducated guess banging out John Philip Sousa covers probably didn't cut the mustard and the band needed perhaps desperately, a creative outlet for their talents. Thankfully light years from their day job 'Three Wishes' took a year to record, was privately pressed and is now long out of print.

The Songs
The progressive media at the time compared The Rub to the Jane Relf fronted Renaissance off-shoot Illusion and reviews at the time in general were positive. I would add Rosie Vela, Julia Fordham and the '80s sophisti-pop sound ala Prefab Sprout to their delightful jazzy pop sound which probably threw a lot of conservative prog types off The Rub's trail. Husband and wife vocals, I prefer the Leslye Barrett fronted tunes and it's here the Illusion comparisons are most applicable especially on opener '118' and the haunting 'Dark Matters'. The spacious Eastern influenced 'Journey Through The Dark' with Andreas Barrett's organic and sweeping viola is my favourite track here and the James Taylor styled 'Mockingbird' receives high marks as well. The polar opposite of the Rick Springfield power popper; 'Jesse's Girl' with its fantastic bridge is a close runner-up and in hindsight the occasional flashes of brilliance found on 'Three Wishes' as a whole makes me wonder if given the chance The Rub could have blossomed into a serious challenger to the Enya driven new age pop sweepstakes wildly popular a decade ago.

In Summary
The band gigged sporadically around the DC area, but the Marine Band and subsequent nationwide tours made a follow-up disc impossible. Leslye and Andreas are still married and active in the Washington classical music scene as are the other former members of The Rub who pop up from time to time on locally released music related projects.

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