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Cherry Blind - Single Review: Black Sheep

26 Feb 2019 // A review by Kris Raven

Cherry Blind (formally known as Minimal Silence) have recently dropped 1 minute and 25 seconds of adrenaline soaked punk-rock-grunge-noise in the form of brand new single Black Sheep. A name change can always go a few ways but with a new single following afterwards, people can be rest assured they are coming out of the 2019 gates swinging and ready to launch.

The intro of this song took me straight back to nineties skate punk, with the double guitar interplay and then a huge Dave Grohl sounding snare roll (courtesy of drummer Mark Tohovaka) which reminds of Nirvana's Territorial Pissings. There's an interesting mix of rock sub-genre crossover and it works. It's got the clear straight forward Cali Punk rock sound and speed with grunge overtones in the vocals and then a bit of early self-titled Foo Fighters.

Production is sleek, solid and crisp. Super clear instrumentation, they have worked with the likes of Six60's Chris Mac and Simon Gooding whose credits include Pink and Devilskin, so they have some heavy hitters in production, and it shows. This is the first song to also include new guitarist Asher Pirani and alongside Sebastian Munro, the guitar sound is well filled out and adds a bigger impact to their overall sound.

Vocalist/Bassist Logan Anderson sings with a controlled intensity. He's making a point but it's clear and controlled. I like the addition of the screamed background vocals, particularity fitting with the lyrical content, it's got a political feel but not overstated or preachy, "we're not for sale, we're not yours to claim". The chorus is catchy with some good melodic hooks. While the majority of the guitar riffs are familiar, it is the nature of the genre and they have done well to make a memorable song with a short run time.

Be sure to catch Cherry Blind supporting Skinny Hobos this weekend at an All Ages showdown in Grey Lynn, they will certainly bring a massive show.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

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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