GIG REVIEW & INTERVIEW: The Cherry Dolls

From left to right: Lachie Gilmour (Guitar), Thomas Van der Vliet (Drummer), Jakob Kagan (Guitar), Mick Byers (Bass) & Josh Aubry (Vocals)

Last weekend Aden Beaver saw Melbourne rockers The Cherry Dolls live at the Crown & Anchor Hotel. Here’s what he had to say:

Since it has been a long time since I went to a true rock ‘n’ roll gig, I was fortunate enough to have my eardrums blown out by Melbourne band, The Cherry Dolls, playing their first ever gig in Adelaide. The relatively small crowd certainly didn’t get in the way of them giving it their all.

The Cherry Dolls wasted no time kicking straight into their set with ferocious, pulsating guitars ringing throughout the venue over a wild bass and drum. There was never a second of silence while they were on stage, with at least one guitar reverbing in the moments between songs, creating an interlude bridging one song to another. Blending their 60s sound with small sprinkles of noise and grunge here and there, these guys know how to perform. The band rocked out for longer and harder compared to their recorded tracks, visibly having fun with them. It’s fair to say the recorded versions of their songs don’t do justice for me anymore, as they flow so much better live on stage.

I can’t get through this review without mentioning frontman, Joshua Aubry. This guy is a madman. His borderline-screaming vocals complemented the intensity of the instruments as he danced and swaggered around the stage, commanding attention and feeling the music. His act is varied and humorous; on multiple occasions he sat on top of the speakers behind stage, waiting for the band to finish an instrumental. He also introduced the band at least 10 times during the show.

If you find yourself in Melbourne, keep an eye out for these guys. I highly recommend you check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

Q&A — Aden chats with Jakob Kagan from The Cherry Dolls

You’re a 60s style rock ‘n’ roll band. What musicians influence your music?
Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones and The Stooges… In a big way.

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
We’ve all know each other for at least two years. Josh and Mick have known each other about eight years. Thomas and I have known each other for about 10. I can only speak for myself, but I met Josh outside a bar at 6am… That bar was Pony (in Melbourne).

How have you found the tour so far? Has Aubry recovered from his injuries?
Aubry is fine… His wounds are healing over quite nicely. His brain injury persists.

Talk us through your latest track ‘The Last Time‘. Where did the inspiration for this one come from?
It has a melancholic aspect, but it doesn’t keep you down. Strong Lou Reed aesthetic. We’ve kept it pretty raw and simple.

We’re looking forward to your latest EP, but when can our readers expect a full-length album?
Don’t hold your breath for an album any time soon, but definitely a couple EP’s are in the works. The first can be expected around August and follow up late January.

CherryDolls_Single Cover - Last Time
The Last Time is available on iTunes. Wasted Pearls EP to be released in August.

Words by Aden Beaver