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Cherry Blind - Single Review: House of Flies

29 Nov 2017 // A review by Paul Goddard
Getting ahead in the music business is a competition. You need to give it your all and hope for a bit of luck to get ahead. You can choose to go head-on with your mainstream peers or you can carve your own path in the shadows of the underground.

Minimal Silence are on a well-lit path. Winners of the Smokefree Rockquest, finalists in Battle of the Bands. Their influences are clear and predictable and if they stay on this track they should have some success. If they dare to deviate and expand their influences to find their own sound then they could be in this for the long haul.

Their debut release House of Flies is a full-on Foo Fightersesque stomper of a single. These guys know how to write a catchy mainstream rock song that has just enough of a killer riff to make it stand out. Guitarist Sabastian has found a good one here. The riff drives and punches with the guitar giving a shot of adrenalin to what is at heart an average by the numbers pop-punk song. It's done well, the vocals are on point without being unique and the drumming is solid.

Formed in 2015 and still of school age it is going to be very interesting to see how far Minimal Silence takes things. The ingredients are all here. The boxes are ticked the awards are in place and the first radio-friendly unit shifter is now unleashed. Let the fun times begin.


Review written by Paul
 

About Cherry Blind

Cherry Blind, formerly known as Minimal Silence is a four-piece band based in Auckland, New Zealand, their sound falls under the grunge rock genre. After winning Smokefree Rockquest in 2017 they released their first single House of Flies, which went on to place 1150th in ‘The Rock 1500’. They have also been heavily supported by The Rock FM, and regularly feature on the station. Throughout 2018 they have played gigs all over the North Island, including selling out a Wellington show at Valhalla. Cherry Blind have played with many New Zealand bands including Written by Wolves, Dead Favours and Skinny Hobos. While also opening the Storm The Gates festival in front of 10,000 people alongside international Limp Bizkit, Sublime and Suicidal Tendencies.

While building their repertoire throughout 2018 Cherry Blind have played a multitude of underground venues along Auckland's K road, including the Neck of the Woods, Galatos and the Kings Arms Tavern before its closure. They have also been working with Chris Mac from Six60 and Simon Gooding at Roundhead Studios on their debut album, due for staged release throughout 2019.


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