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Austin noise rock titans Cherubs to release first album in 20 years

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 16, 2014

Increasingly legendary Austin noise rockers Cherubs are slated to enter the studio this summer to record their first new material in 20 years.

The band will record with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead). An early winter release planned via Brutal Panda Records.

This is pretty amazing (though long-rumored) news. Cherubs have long resisted the reformation bug in spite of protestations of many obnoxious fans who never got to see them in their prime (AHEM) and many who did. Their 1992 album “Icing” is good but their 1994 platter “Heroin Man” is a stone classic, a near-perfect slab of 90s noise rock and, for my money, one of the best Austin rock albums ever made. Their singles collection “Short of Populart,” including their fantasticly blown-out cover of Blondie’s “Dreaming,” is also worth tracking down.

The band have recently made their previous albums available digitally for the first time ever via all major digital outlets such as iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc. Their timing could not be better. Much in the manner that the ’70s made a comeback in the ’90s and the ’80s were all over the ’00s, today’s younger rockers are discovering ’90s noise rock and ripping it off accordingly. (I am totally OK with this.)

Here is the band’s Facebook page. Here is Brutal Panda’s page.

So who has a vintage L or XL Cherubs shirt with the Taco Bell logo on it? You know where to find me.