Cherry Ames blend shoegaze and 90’s noise on new ‘No Brakes’ EP

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Cherry Ames have shared their blistering new EP, ‘No Brakes’. The DC band have been kicking around for a couple years now, with a handful of singles and EP’s under their belt. Their latest feels like a fully realized vision of their 90’s indebted sound – guitars are tuned beyond recognition and feedback swirls liberally, invoking ‘Daydream Nation‘ era Sonic Youth comparisons and the raw combination of shoegaze and punk that The Swirlies weilded so expertly. The EP is proceeded by the singles Angel 5 and No Brakes, two dense slabs of feedback packed with enough twists and turns to keep the attention of even casual listeners. You can stream the EP via Spotify below.

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Cherry Ames is a Washington, DC-based indie rock trio that welds psychedelia, shoegaze and noise into a melodic, loud, gorgeous, sonic pigpile. Theirs is a powerful wall of sound, propelled by Matt and Jamie’s fuzzed-out, alternatively tuned guitars and driving basslines, and Trae’s powerful, virtuosic, and musical drumming. Like all of their past releases, their latest EP, ‘No Brakes,’ is a DIY affair, crafted at the band’s own Nellcote studios in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Formed in 2016, Cherry Ames’s sound recalls the dark dreampop of Swervedriver, Slowdive, Lush, and My Bloody Valentine; the guitar chicanery of classic American indie groups like Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth; the confessional lyrics and songcraft of Guided by Voices, Car Seat Headrest, and Wilco; and the progressive exploration of Coheed and Cambria, and …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – all infused with the Sonic DNA of classic DC acts like Fugazi, Jawbox and Shudder to Think.