Birthed from the heat and isolation of Texas, Cherubs oozed onto the scene with their brand of noise rock in 1992. The band churned out two albums and a pile of splits and seven inches. Reformed in 2015, they released 2 Ynfynyty on Brutal Panda. That combo meets again for Fist In The Air. Three tracks, plus two interesting remixes, cover the wax which sits in the folder of cardboard art, an individually sliced piece of pasteurized processed cheese food. ‘Murica.
Cherubs’ strength has always been the rhythm section, pushing hard under the waves of distorted riffs. Anchored in pulsating thunder, Cherubs’ corrosive music pounds away through a fog of distortion. Fist In The Air continues this tradition with fury. The title track comes in with a surprising lighter melody, but it’s hanging in a sardonic veil. While the vocals dangle in a catchy gloss, the guitars still rock with a thick groove. “Donkey Suite” punches in with a gnarly barrage of twisted riffs coursing through the speaker. “Red Carpet Blues” spits an upbeat charge, riding an ugly, distorted bassline. The last two tracks are manipulations of the elements of “Fist in the Air”, one provided by Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fev, the other by $hit and $hine.
The album is out now on Brutal Panda Records. Fist In The Air was produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon). This EP was mastered by Carl Saff and Howie Weinberg. The cheese cover is artwork by Kevin Whitley. Take a listen to this acid-soaked, perverted slice of Texan rock and roll below, then check out the band on Facebook and Bandcamp.