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CD REVIEW: CHERRY GRIND – A Room With A View

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CD REVIEW: CHERRY GRIND – A Room With A View
Independant
18 November, 2015
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
8/10

Cherry Grind - A Room With A View

Hailing from Adelaide, the ‘City Of Churches’ is entirely appropriate here, as Cherry Grind have clearly been worshipping at the altar of ‘60s and ‘70s rock n’ roll whilst preparing their debut album.

Clumsy comparisons aside, everything about A Room With A View is striking.

Singer Sam Patsouris has a wail that can’t help but bring visions of a young Robert Plant to mind when we close our eyes. Legendary bassist Bob Daisley’s production is superbly clear and reminds us of the dynamics of those early Ozzy Osbourne solo albums he played on.

And then there’s the band: Jack Stevenson on guitars, Peter Cerlienco on bass, with Patsouris handling extra guitar, keys and drumming on this recording, whilst new boy Zach West has now stepped in to handle the drumkit from here on in.

Cherry Grind fuckin’ rock – simple as that. Speaking of hours spent jamming in garages and rehearsal studios, these songs sound as organic and natural and right as anything any of the greats ever made.

There are mighty, cliff-high Led Zeppelinesque riffs, tighter-than-Free rhythms, more hair than you can wave a doobie at, trippy Pink Floyd-like instrumental passages, soloing that is unhurried and completely assured (think Scott Gorham or Snowy White), and lyrics that bring to mind every ‘70s rocker worthy of memory: Thin Lizzy, Nazareth, Bad Company, Led Zep, Sabbath, Deep Purple. Cherry Grind trigger memories of them all, yet remain resolutely individual.

It’s a beautiful thing.

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