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Cherri Bomb

Stark

(Hollywood; US: 18 Oct 2011; UK: 1 Jul 2011)

Shouldn’t you girls be in school? Actually, scratch that, you shouldn’t be in school, because your debut has more life, melody, and energy than 90 percent of the stuff on rock radio at any given moment. You should be rock and roll stars.


Stark is the debut EP from the 15-ish-year-old female foursome Cherri Bomb, and it does a frankly fantastic job of rocking out in all the ways you want to rock out when you’re a teenager with rock ‘n roll dreams. That is to say, there is nothing terribly original about it—there’s a cover of a Foo Fighters song, for one thing, and the rest of it sounds like a mixture of Paramore, My Chemical Romance, more Foo Fighters, a dash of Metallica, and a hint of Avril Lavigne when she was still fun. Originality or not, though, opener “Mirror Mirror” kinda rips, “Spin” does well to let its instruments get out of the three part harmony’s way just before and after the bridge, and that cover of the Foos’ “The Pretender” is a pretty convincing facsimile of the original. All the while, the slick, big-label production keeps things punchy.


There’s no way Stark is the last we hear of Cherri Bomb. There’s too much pop-rock potential in these teens for them to stay a supporting act for much longer.

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Mike Schiller is a software engineer in Buffalo, NY who enjoys filling the free time he finds with media of any sort -- music, movies, and lately, video games. Stepping into the role of PopMatters Multimedia editor in 2006 after having written music and game reviews for two years previous, he has renewed his passion for gaming to levels not seen since his fondly-remembered college days of ethernet-enabled dorm rooms and all-night Goldeneye marathons. His three children unconditionally approve of their father's most recent set of obsessions.


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