Interview with Josh Aubry (The Cherry Dolls)

Melbourne band, The Cherry Dolls, have dropped their full-length debut album, Viva Los Dolls, through indie rock label, Golden Robot Records. We sat down and chatted with vocalist and frontman JOSH AUBRY about everything Viva Los Dolls!

Thank you for taking time out to talk with us here at Silver Tiger Media. the new album ‘Viva Los Dolls’ was unleashed onto the masses on the 28st of this month. How are you finding the response to it so far?

Response has been amazing so far, the kids are really loving it apparently. It’s still so early though as it hasn’t even been a week yet so looking forward to seeing the progress.

First on the table is a challenge: can you in one short paragraph, sum up the history of The Cherry Dolls from conception to the current day?

Just a bunch of mates looking to a have a good time in the name of rock n roll.

What does the album’s title reveal, if anything, about the album’s impact and themes?

We decided to call the album Viva Los Dolls as it is our first full length and hope that The Cherry Dolls will live long!

What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?

We knew we wanted something big, something that when you listened to it for the first time you got kicked straight in the face & by the end of it wanted to come back for more.

Was there a clear purpose in the way the album is structured?

It took about 10 go’s & a lot of whiskey to decide on the structure of the album. We wanted it to flow right, certain songs fell together nicely and we just worked the others around that.

How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?

2 days to record the songs, 2 days for overdubs, 5 days to mix & 1 day to master. 10 days.

Your debut album sawAlex Markwell of The Delta Riggs sitting in the producer’s chair, what kind of input did he have during the process?

Alex does a lot for us. Recording, Mixing (sometimes Mastering) Producing. He is an all round wizard and top bloke. An amazing songwriter in his own respect so he helped a lot with the structures and melodies of the songs.

Did the you use any experimental miking and/or recording techniques?

Alex won’t allow us to tell you his secrets.

Please inform us about your favourite songs and lyrical highlights and why?

My favourite lyrics would have to be from ‘Blister’. Jim wrote this song about the passing of his grandmother, the way he wrote the story is quite beautiful & really hits home.

How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?

It’s raw, loud & in your face most of the time. But every now and then we decide to slow things down and ease the pain.

Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)

We all love different things, we love everything. Heroes would have to be Stones, Iggy Pop, Eddy Current, Bowie, Clash, Ramones.

What is something you really enjoy listening to at the moment that others might be surprised at?

I’m loving the new Harry Styles album. The guys coming out with some good tunes. Good on him!

How was the reception at Yah Yahs in Melbourne last week?

It’s Melbourne, the reception has always been amazing and keeps getting more and more amazing. We are super blessed to live in a city with such an amazing music scene.

You have a “not so secret” secret show at The Hideaway Bar in Sydney on Thursday night alongside The Kids, can we expect anymore shows on the agenda?