Archive for October, 2016

An Interview with CHERUB.

October 27, 2016

CHERUB is a Nashville-based duo. They are playing Liberty Hall October 27th. Jason Huber and Jordan Kelley recently discussed their creative process, lyrical inspiration and favorite producers.

Did you come from a musical family? Were your parents musical? 

Jason: I come from a family of music lovers, but neither of my parents are musical. You should hear my dad sing along to Shaggy.

What was your earliest musical memory?

Jason: Recording mixtapes while I listened to the radio doing my homework so I could bring all the new songs to the carpool.

How did CHERUB first come together?

Jason: We all met freshman year of college.

What is your creative approach when crafting a song?

Jason: It’s really all about throwing spaghetti up against the wall and seeing what sticks.

Who are some of your favorite producers and why?

Jason: Butchvig- the way he layers guitars has always been really inspiring to me. Some of his records have been the most inspiring in my life. And Adam Baker from the Annuals because there aren’t any bands that mean enough to me to get a tattoo.

What inspires you lyrically?

Jordan: Life inspires me lyrically. That’s why there’s so many moods on our albums. You go through so many feels throughout a day. It would be hard for me to write an album that stuck with one emotional theme, to be honest.

How did “Doses & Mimosas” come together?

Jason: The funny thing about that song is we never picked it as a single when we were releasing the album, but it’s really grown legs and taken on a life of its own.

Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence is your new album. What was the first song written for Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence?

Jason: Technically it’s “Traveling Blues.” It was written about 3 years ago for another album, but instead spent some time in the vaults and is now getting to see the light of day.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career?

Jason: My fear of microphone grills. Especially the grill part of microphones. They’re very hard and they’ll knock a tooth out if you get too excited. I already knocked my tooth out with a microphone once while singing karaoke in Tokyo. 

What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?

Jason: Be your own biggest fan. Because if you’re not, then who else would want to be?

McClain Approved: Witch Jail.

October 8, 2016
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Witch Jail at Outer Reaches 2016.

Kansas City-based band Witch Jail unleashed their hard-hitting garage rock to Outer Reaches 2016. The left-of-center music festival was held at the RecordBar, in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 30th and October 1st, 2016. Witch Jail lead singer Guy Smiley looks like Roy Orbison and fat Elvis had a sweaty, trippy baby. Their short set was raucous, abrasive and excellent. Dive into the vibes of Witch Jail recorded live at Outer Reaches 2016: