Cherry: My Love Will Destroy Us
By Stephanie Gray
Cherry promise to appeal to people who are fond of either scratchy, dodgy rock'n'roll, or sweet '60s pop naivete. Throw both genres in the blender and you have an alcoholic milkshake to be sipped slowly while making eyes at the cute girl with the fresh tattoos. This 10-song debut album follows two EPs and is largely the work of Waren Thomas who has brought in Justin Barr on drums and sweet-talked Hannah Simpson into singing back-up to his bratty, saccharine vocals. The hand-claps, "oh baby's" and sugar-shaker tambourine leaves you looking for a satirical catch, the bite between the lines, but these songs are for real - Cherry wants to hold your hand, sweatily. Stand-out tracks are Queen of the Underworld with some riffs to sink your fangs into, and Loser - like the last drunken slow dance before the cleaner steps in to sweep up the glitter and boozy milkshake puke.