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CHERRY ST.

Country USA

Style Sleaze Glam

Glam Rockers Cherry St. could openly boast that the band’s ever changing line-up had been quite a Who’s Who of Glam. They probably also hold the title for the most outrageous collective hairstyles ever seen on a band. For CHERRY ST the height of the hair obviously held parity with attitude, drive and musical credibility. At various periods the likes of Jamie Scott of Tyketto and even Tigertailz vocalist Steevi Jaimz have been members, however brief their stay. The latter had briefly replaced Roxy Dahl (a.k.a. Chris van Dahl, the ‘Roxy’ nom de guerre apparently adopted in honour of his grandmother) before Jaimz left and Dahl returned, later to cut the band’s ‘Squeeze It Dry’ album.

The band’s original line-up featured guitarists Taz and Tom Monroe Mathers, bassist Jaime Scott and drummer Kelly James and vocalist Shannon. Both Shannon and Jaime Scott had played together in a band back in Lancing, Michigan releasing a self financed single before Shannon moved to Los Angeles to join Injection. The ‘Squeeze It Dry’ album was released through JRS Records and one of its tracks was co-produced by Warrant’s Erik Turner and former Black N’ Blue man Tommy Thayer. The whole record was remixed by ex-Harlow man Pat Regan.

Dahl created a new act Boneyard releasing a four track demo during 1991 together with guitarist Jeff Bone, bassist Red Rosell and drummer Cory Silver. Monroe formed Perris Records, a company involved in the promotion of independently released product from unsigned American Metal bands. Dahl, reverting to Chris van Dahl would front L.A. Guns for their controversial ‘American Hardcore’ album in 1996. Post L.A. Guns, Van Dahl subsequently formed The Vow with old Boneyard band mates Pauly Alvarez on guitar and Bobby Holder on the drums. The quintet was rounded out by bassist Adam Kurry and second guitarist Valadez.

Cherry St. bounced back in a fashion with the mini-album ‘Monroe’. The recording line up for this opus would see a band of vocalist Shannon Strobel, guitarists Tom Monroe Mathers and Taz, bassist Jimmy Fox and drummer Kelly James boosted by the inclusion of guest singers Stevie Rachelle from Tuff, Kevin Steel of Roxx Gang and Bulletboys Marq Torein.

The group morphed radically once more for 1999’s ‘Buster Cherry’. Now fronted up by Helix mainman Brian Vollmer and the Dangerous Toys and Watchtower credited Jason McMaster the cast for these sessions included Monroe Mathers and Taz, bassists Jamie Scott and Don Spinner Korbrecki with Tom Kelley Dobrenty on drums. Yet more changes saw Wes Kimball vocalising on 2001’s ‘X Rated’.

A previously unreleased Cherry St. track, ‘Comes Around Goes Around’, would be included on the 2004 Perris Records compilation ‘Hollywood Hairspray III’. Guitarist Taz debuted his new band later that same year, Spinning Chain being fronted by the Union Underground and Presense credited Jimi Scott.

– Cherry St. [1991]
– Squeeze It Dry [1993]
– Buster Cherry [1999]
– X-Rated [2001]
– Monroe [2004]

Notes by rockdetector

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