Monday, 20 October 2014

The Cherry Bluestorms Q&A

Your name: 
Glen Laughlin.

Where are you from? 
Los Angeles.

Name of band: 
The Cherry Bluestorms.

Who else is in your band? 
Deborah Gee and Mark Francis White.

How would you describe yourselves? 
We’re what I call a psych-Mod band, which means we’re basically late 1960s British Pop influenced, with the psych element deriving from Syd Barrett rather than Jerry Garcia.

Who are your main influences musically?  
We each have varied influences. The ones that are most relevant to this band are a lot of the classic 1960s bands such as The Beatles and The Small Faces, but also some ‘90s bands such as The Stone Roses, The Charlatans, Supergrass and the like.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
Our primary aim has always been to make albums that we enjoy and esteem as much as we do our favourite albums by other artists. Once we do our best to achieve that, we hope to turn as many people on to our music as possible, whether via recordings, live shows, videos or other media.  

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?  
I think releasing our concept album Bad Penny Opera represents our highest artistic achievement. The reviews of the album have been almost universally phenomenal. We’re especially happy that many of the reviewers really seemed to understand the concept and what we tried to convey. Of course, we’re hoping that our next album will represent a new high water mark for us.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?  
But you're asking me to remember! Okay, I'll play! Really there are two. We played a show in an old hotel in Downtown LA. that was acoustically the worst space any of us had ever played. The promoter was new at booking shows, the club owner was new in the space and the sound engineer was actually mixing from behind the stage! On top of that we nearly got in a fight with one of the other artists! The other was our second trip to England. I got Bell's Palsy just before we left, so half my face was paralyzed and my left ear was really messed up. Then Deborah's back went out. I had to take her to hospital in Liverpool. When we got back to the flat we hired in London after a gig, we couldn't get the door unlocked for two hours while a drunken Frenchwoman harangued us in the street! 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?  
I think As Above So Below is a reasonably representative song. I frankly think I have better lyrics than that, but the main guitar riff is very emblematic of my style and it features Deborah and me singing parallel harmonies as we often do.

Where can we listen to it?  

Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask? 
I'd love to let your readers know that we are working on our first vinyl single, See No Evil. It should be out soon. We'll have another album out next year. Lastly, we'd love to hear directly from fans at our website If you sign up on the mailing list, there's a free download of an exclusive track. Or, you can visit us on Facebook.  Cheers!

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