Embrassing Cherub’s ‘Excellence’ of Eccentricity
One of the greatest mysteries in life is figuring out what ever happened to The Funky Bunch, the musical posse who helped “Marky Mark” Wahlberg make some sweet music – notably “Good Vibrations” – in the early 1990s. Sure, you can probably Google them and get your answer but sometimes you have to just let the mystery be. Am I right? [Crickets] Anyway, the reason I bring up Wahlberg’s backing Bunch is because the word “funky” is the first thing that comes to mind when listening to Cherub. So many other adjectives also come to mind when trying to describe their sound. Trying to pigeonhole the electro-pop Nashville duo of Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber into any one genre is as pointless as asking a teddy bear to unstuff itself. They’re funk, pop, rock, and employ an arsenal of tricks and wit that make them among the most original acts around today.
Earlier this month, Cherub released their second album Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence and it’s everything you’d expect from longtime friends Kelley and Huber, who met at Middle Tennessee State. Picking up off their Year of the Caprese debut, which featured the stunning hit “Doses and Mimosas,” the band have expanded their gloriously eccentric sound and should once again score big-time in the alt-rock universe. A-Sides was fortunate to have them come to the Music Conservatory of Westchester recently to film a session and sit down for a chat. These guys are so much fun. Watch the videos, catch them on tour, and wish you were half as cool as they are.
A-Sides’ “Delve Into Twelve” Countdown
Each week A-Sides unleashes its top 12 tracks of the week AKA the “Delve Into Twelve” based on the following contributing factors: songs I’m playing out that particular week (no matter when they were released — think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and dug a bunch, song posts and trends I’ve noticed on my friends’ Facebook walls and, most importantly: what my pre-schooler is currently enjoying thoroughly with an assist from my toddler.
About A-Sides with Jon Chattman – thisisasides.com :
Jon Chattman’s music/entertainment series typically features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles — just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. (Theme song by Blondfire.) Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Yoko Ono, Elle King, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, James Bay, Jimmy Eat World, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and Bastille.