Cherri Fosphate are a band who originally formed with one goal “the aim of bringing the stripped back, no-frills rock and roll influences of New York’s music scene to Scotland”.
And on new LP ‘We Didn’t Come Here To Say Goodbye’ they have certainly achieved that goal. Jonny Sharpe, Alan Robinson, Jordan Lannigan and Sonny Kainth have put together 10 tracks of indie-pop perfection. Lively guitars which seem to playfully intertwine, winding in and out of each other are held together by a steady rhythm section and Sharpe’s distinctive vocals, with some truly memorable lyrics, bring everything to life.
‘Losing Teeth’ is particularly strong, a track where the foursome’s talent for arrangement is really allowed to shine through as the instruments are carefully layered on as the tension builds before the release as the distortion kicks in for a true head-bangers moment.
Throughout the album you can really hear the New York influences the band are drawing from; The Strokes and The Walkmen both come through, but you can also make out aspects from UK indie giants like Razorlight (pre the infamous ‘Slipway Fires’).
The album is a ‘best of’ of sorts. After writing new material as a result of constant gigging the band have selected their 10 best to commit to record. As a result you’d think the album lacks flow, a collection of songs stitched together, however because of their aim of producing back-to-basics indie the record runs through without ever feeling overly scattered, instead possessing enough diversity to keep you listening.
‘We Didn’t Come Here To Say Goodbye’ is out now via Bloc+Music.