By: Kara Chavez
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Released on March 3, 2015 via Brutal Panda Records
I was stoked to hear that Austin based Cherubs were releasing a new album – their first in over 20 years. Produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, ….And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Slayer), 2 Ynfynyty brings us back to that 90’s noise/grunge with a new twist. This album is going to be very important for 2015.
Though I knew of the Cherubs’ music, I didn’t know much about the band (it was a little before my time, ok?). Heroin Man was their last release in 1994, after the band went on hiatus. But lucky for us, they are reuniting and releasing more albums.
There is something very important in this music. It brought us where we are today with so many garage/grunge bands fading away or really just not top notch as much as they should be. The psychedelic/”I don’t give a f*ck what you think our band sounds”/grunge like attitude is exactly what I am looking for. To bring it back only makes sense in our current, fairly lame, music world.
The guitar noiseyness and playful feedback, especially on the song ‘Unhappyable’, is really awesome and defines their sound. The bass is very complementary with its chugging and heavy sound throughout the entire album.
The final Song ‘Sunday Mondays’ reminds me of a 90’s San Francisco Mission District punk band that was in a garage, recording a song with tons of drugs to go around. Melodramatic with a sense of beauty. Acoustic with plenty of feedback as a use of a whole instrument.
Cherubs’ long hiatus was worth the 20 year wait. If you listened to: Nirvana, the Melvins, Sonic Youth, The Jesus Lizard, The Fleshies, Queens of the Stone Age, or anything similar, I would recommend checking this out.