Russell Edling was still writing new songs as his old band wound its career down.
The former singer and guitarist of Philly-via-Scranton punk outfit Kite Party (which called it a day in 2014, following the release of Come On Wandering) knew that the music he had in mind was going to be for a different project altogether. And he knew that – with no previous solo outings behind him – he could take that music in any direction he wanted.
Over the past few months, Edling has quietly debuted his new band Cherry with a handful of gigs, including one during the Lame-O Records Rock Residency at Boot and Saddle. Today, he announced that the band’s debut EP Gloom would be released as a 7″ via Lame-O on February 19th.
In a way, the new music sounds like Edling and it doesn’t sound like Edling. It’s undeniably brighter and poppier than his old band ever was, with moments recalling Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (the askew and singalongable”Golden Luv”), Beat Happening (the quirky wind-up pop song “Special Baby”) and Teenage Fanclub (the fuzzed-out anthem “Alligators”).
But Cherry also remains rooted in Edling’s wry and observant songwriting style – which makes sense, since they started in the same fashion as his Kite Party songs: just him and a guitar. What makes Cherry different, Edling explains, is that he didn’t want the songs to be overworked.