Teenage rock sensations Cherri Bomb are a 4 piece, all female band who have already garnered glowing endorsements from the likes of Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins. Last October the young group released the explosive video for their song, “Let it Go,” which will appear on the their upcoming debut album, This is the End of Control, due May 15 on Hollywood Records. The band released the 5 song EP, STARK last year.
Cherri Bomb are sure to win over the hearts of rock lovers of all ages. The band already have a 5 song EP under their belt, as well as performances at major festivals across Europe and Australia. They’re also managed by ex-Hole drummer Samantha Maloney, who believed in the Los Angeles quartet so much that she put her career on hold to work with them.
Though the girls’ ages range from 13 to 16, their album is the product of years of work. It begins with guitarist/vocalist Julia Pierce, who found her musical calling before she was five. Her talent was undeniable, and her commitment was so unwavering that her parents were persuaded to uproot the family and move from New Jersey to Los Angeles – where they believed that she would have more opportunities to pursue her music. “When I got an electric guitar,” she says, “I realized that I wanted and needed to start my own band. I posted ads online and in local music shops around LA, looking for girl musicians my own age who were as passionate about music as I was. At the time it was hard to find girls my age who could even play instruments.”
The years of dedicated hard work, and the passion and creativity that demanded nothing less, shine through on This is the End of Control. Produced by Red Decibel & Bobby Huff and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (“Let it Go,” was mixed by Neal Avron), tracks like “Let It Go,” “Raw Real,” “Shake the Ground” and “Too Many Faces” present an exciting and startlingly mature sound in which melody melds with epic guitar riffs, a sound that speaks to the youth of today, and what is timeless about rock & roll. If asked, the girls will talk about influences that include Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Garbage and Led Zeppelin. Those influences, however, are like posters on the wall of rooms these four young musicians no longer live in. What they’ve found together is their own.
And to pre-empt any misconceptions, the group’s moniker was not inspired by the Runaways. “We came up with the name after we read a book called ‘Cherry Bomb’,” explains Julia. “It was filled with tips on how to survive as a girl in rock & roll, and stories from badass women in rock. It inspired us because of its confident message. We think of the name CHERRI BOMB as an explosive, in-your-face, attitude-driven symbol.” (It is ironic that one of the main contributors to the book was none other than Samantha Maloney. Talk about destiny.)
See below for Cherri Bomb’s upcoming dates at SXSW and Bamboozle, and head to their official site at www.cherribombband.com.
Mar 14 Austin, TX (SXSW) – Bar Bar, ASCAP showcase, 10:00pm
Mar 15 Austin, TX (SXSW) – Bandpage HQ @ Empire Automotive Roxy’s AustinROX, 8:00pm
Mar 16 Austin, TX (SXSW) – The Thirsty Nickel, 3:00pm
Mar 17 Austin, TX (SXSW) – Red 7, AP’s 100 Bands You Need To Know Party, 12:00pm
May 19 Asbury Park, NJ – Bamboozle Festival