Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Cherry Choke - s/t

Cherry Choke

Singer/guitarist Mat Bethancourt’s former outfit Josiah reveled in 70s hard rock riffola. Apparently that didn’t satisfy his nostalgia jones, however, as his new trio Cherry Choke plants its flag in the ass of 60s Nuggets-style psychedelic rock & roll. Blunt, fuzzed-out gonad grabbers like She Turns Me On, I Can See the Girls Grow and Ride My Black Balloon contrast with the occasional respite, like In My Mind and The Need. Bethancourt strips his muse down to her thong here, and if the result is sometimes more like a back-alley fuck than a sensuous striptease, the excitement runs high throughout.

- Michael Toland
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