CHERUBS – Fist in the Air

Tuesday 15th, March 2016 / 17:24
By Gareth Watkins

cherubsBrutal Panda Records

I’ll rarely quote a press release in reviews, but “Fist in The Air is another warm fuck you from the venerable CHERUBS” nails it better than I ever could. The “venerable” part, in case you didn’t know, is a clue to the band’s age (they were formed in 1992) and the esteem in which they, rightly, should be held. Never as big as their Texan noise-rock contemporaries the Butthole Surfers, their return with the album 2 Ynfynyty last year was a big ‘oh, I remember those guys’ to acid-fried ex-punks.

This is only an EP, and the three original compositions here could be swapped out with anything on 2 Ynfynyty without anybody noticing. Not that unholy pop-terror is a bad thing per se. Two remixes follow, one from $shit & $hine tones everything down until it’s really not as interesting as a real CHERUBS song, then Tim Harrington from Les Savy Fav does remix by the numbers: a more skittish drum beat, processed vocals, a bit where it’s just the processed vocals, the processed vocals skipping like Linkin Park do sometimes. As addenda to 2 Ynfynyty it works, but as an introduction to this great, great band you’ll need to shell out an extra five bucks for the full album.