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CHERRY GRIND - A ROOM WITH A VIEW

CHERRYGRIND.COM | Release Date: 18th November 2015

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When you first hear Cherry Grind it rekindles in you all those feelings and memories about all that ever first attracted you to rock music in the first place. There’s just something so primal and elemental about their music that can’t be adequately described by clichés or tags or labels.


Hearing ‘A Room With a View’ for the first time, for me, was akin to the first time I heard those seminal albums by weighty rockers in my youth. You could sense the passion, you could feel the belief and all you wished for them is that they had been born into an age where the internet didn’t exist at all.


The only way that these guys couldn’t make it huge would be if they were buried beneath the deluge of mediocracy and trend-hopping hopefuls that filter out all but the most persistent self-believers in the industry today. But sometimes you just have to believe that the real talent out there will rise and that all of our musical lives will be all the more enriched when it does.


Sometimes you don’t need a big label or a big budget to be heard, but it certainly puts you behind the eight-ball in a world where those that do have those sort of assets at their disposal both saturate and  dominate the market despite the relative merits of those artists.


For me my story with Cherry Grind began when I got handed a copy of the album that comes out in November back in April this year purely by chance. I was on a Rock cruise in the Caribbean, taking in classic bands from the eighties, doing a few reviews and interviews for the site and catching up with a few old mates when I heard an Australian voice telling me about a new band from Adelaide (of all places) that really kicked ass – a CD got passed on and sadly it was a full month later before I stuck it in the player. (I picked up about 50 other CDs just on that cruise). As soon as I did and the first track ‘No One Home’ clicked in I knew I had something special, despite the home-made look of the CD and the handwritten note that accompanied it. I feel so much for this band that I actually envisage telling my grandkids about that day.
So enough of that back story – why on earth would you be interested? There’s a simple answer, and a not so simple answer … The simple answer is that Cherry Grind could just well be the most exciting band to come out of Australia since, god I don’t know – Powderfinger? Jet? Wolfmother? The not so simple answer is that they could be so much more – in another age you might even hear in their music an antipodean Led Zeppelin…


Can an unsigned band really be that good? Well after twenty years of listening to and reviewing music then the honest answer at this point in time has to be that although the musical landscape has changed immeasurably then yes they may well be.


Opening track on the album ‘No One Home’ encapsulates all that this band can be and all that music could be of we can only find a way to reclaim it for the mediocracy that the internet drowns us in. In truth they have it all, timeless melodies, glorious experimentation, and players that are not only competent but who push and push.


‘Reason Says’ that follows the bombast of the opener has all the sweet warmth and simplicity that has been the hallmark of some of Rock’s greatest tunes and lays down a melody line that burns into the back of your mind, whilst the riff of ‘The Gap’ and its insistent vocal confirms the belief the openers have formed, that this is a band not just to reckon with but to embrace and love.


‘Tombstone’ has a great groove and insistent rhythm, whilst ‘A Minor Problem’ opens out into blues skies and less clear horizons, to really fly and expand. One the best aspects of ‘A Room With a View’ is the great mix of ideas and inflections, all given the distinctive stamp of the band.


On an album where it’s hard to play favorites it’s the bluesy sway and hypnotic power of songs like ‘Dusty Road’ that make you appreciate the real reverence these guys have for what has come before, whilst they still are seemingly unafraid to push forwards.


In truth though it’s all good and there’s not a track on here that doesn’t deserve to be whether it’s the slow heartfelt ‘Sunlight’ or the bombastic closer ‘She’s Movin’’ its well worth taking a chance on this band from Adelaide. Catch them while you still can before they take on the world.   


It’s the depth of Cherry Grind that gets you though, whether you are an old rocker waiting to rekindle your love of the music that punctuated your youth, or a young kid waiting to make a connection with a band that can mean more than a YouTube clip or illegal download – it’s all here in the grooves.

 

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 


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