The Misadventures of Cherub
Sensible Reason sat down with Cherub at this year’s 5th anniversary of Summer Set Music Festival, and while the conversation promoted their new album Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence, things got a little off topic by the end of it. We’ll just leave this right here.
SR: You guys are here every year! What brings you back?
Jason: We like it here. Did we come for the very first Summer Set?
I think so.
Jason: We’ve always had a really good time up here.
Jordan: I wish they still had that thing where you jump onto the giant air bag. Is that still here?
No, they actually only did it the first year.
[In unison] Why?!
So, nothing went wrong at Summer Set but later in the year or that next summer that company had an accident and someone broke their leg after their jump. So, festival organizers didn’t want that riding on them so they decided not to bring it back. Made me sad, because I was so ready to jump that next year! But anyway, when was the last time you guys released an album?
Jordan: There’s been a lapse in album release because we’ve been touring so much we haven’t had the time to really muster up new material. But our album is done so we’re ready to release it, not sure on the exact date but the album is on a CD, in order, mixed and mastered and everyone loves it.
No more tweaking?
Jordan: Well, it seems every time we go past the studio we’re like “remember that one thing we wanted to change?” and go back and work on it but you’ve just gotta put that shit out.
Jason: We’re touring in support of the record and we’re playing new songs off the album already and we’re actually playing two new ones today. It’s really exciting for us. There are songs in our set list that we’ve been playing for 6 years now, so it’s nice to be playing new music. Not only for other people, but for each other. It’s super fun and exciting, we’re looking forward to re-learning all of the new stuff to play live.
What are you most excited for with this new album?
Jordan: We always want to try new things with each release so we don’t pigeon hole ourselves. We tried a whole bunch of new grooves for this album. We’ve never been an “EDM” band but we’ve always had a lot of electronic elements to our music but this one has strayed away from that. It’s not so much 4-on-the-floor.
Your other albums have had a conceptual theme, whether it be relationships or the party scene. Is there a theme to this album as well?
Jordan: I wouldn’t say there’s a theme. We haven’t really strayed away from what we usually talk about – which is life shit. But as someone that’s getting older, I’m going to be 29 soon, I don’t want to keep making songs like “Doses and Mimosas”
Jason: I think it’s funny, because I feel like you’re writing about the same things. “Doses and Mimosas” isn’t really a party song. It’s actually kind of a depressing reflective song, but there are a couple references that people key on and play while they’re raging. So the new stuff has a lot of the same sentiment, reflecting on something more melancholy. But there are some key phrases that I think people will pick up on and enjoy. Talking about how special someone is and saying “You make me feel like the extra nugget in a 20 piece meal.” That’s ridiculous, it’s funny but in context it’s a really nice thing to say to somebody.
So you draw from a lot of personal experiences and things like that?
Jordan: Yeah, I mean it’s mostly life shit. I don’t write about being in space or something. Thom Yorke, he’s extremely cryptic and it’s incredible, but I’m pretty blunt and in your face.
Still into that Disco Shit?
Jordan: Still into that disco shit.
Where do you guys draw your personal style? I think the last time I saw [Jordan] you had cornrows or something.
Jordan: I went to New York one time and in my head I thought,” I want to braid my hair and shave the side.” It was a very random thing and there was a lady who does braids and she did so bad ass. I looked like My Little Pony at a certain point, it was like pink and purple. The chick went way overboard with the purples and stuff, I looked ridiculous. I don’t know where it comes from, have this vision in my head about and outfit with slacks cut short with red socks underneath and a nice button up shirt that I tuck in and I’ll wear a bandana…I’ve had this vision for this outfit for like 6 months.
Jason: You haven’t told me about this and I think that’s awesome. “I’ve got the new look, man!”
Jordan: My fashion right now is just comfy shit, and I’m on a tattoo spree. All of my good tattoos are by a girl in Chicago named Speck, so every time I go there I get one from her. She’s really talented, I just let her draw on me…We’re playing our first wedding on Sunday. I’m kinda nervous about it.
Is it a friend’s wedding?
Jason: Yeah, it’s a homie’s wedding.
Jordan: It’s someone’s life-changing event.
No pressure. Where are you most excited to go on this tour? Are you going anywhere you’ve never been?
Jason: We pretty much hit all of the places we’re going to be hitting, not only this fall but this early spring as well. Pretty much everywhere in the US we’ve gone to city-wise, but a lot of the venues we’ve never played so we’re stoked about that. Red Rocks is going to be awesome, it’ll be our first time headlining there.
But as far as firsts, Thailand for the first time ever – we’re not even going to play shows. We’re just going. We figured out that if us and the rest of the crew, if we save our lunch money the entire tour we have enough to all buy flights to Thailand. So, we took what allowance we were given for lunch money and we’re flying to Thailand, we already bought our tickets!
Jordan: It’s gonna be fucking weird, dude.
Chicks with dicks.
Jordan: Mad chicks with dicks
Beautiful chicks with dicks.
Jordan: It’s scary honestly, it’s so tricky. You almost get too far before you find out they got the D, you know?
They’re gorgeous. So be careful who you’re making out with.
Jordan: I’ve had an unfortunate scenario in Amsterdam one time, because I got hammered and he dropped me off in the Blue Light District and I didn’t know that there was a difference between the two.
What is the difference?
Jason: Chicks with dicks!
Jordan: I ended up making out with this chick… and I went to go grab her private area and there was a dick there and I was like…”I know you think that I want this but this isn’t what I had in mind.” I’m just glad I grabbed the dick, because I probably would have gotten a blow job from a dude and not even known it.
Did somebody for it?
Jordan: I paid 50 Euros but I got my money back.
The make-out session could have cost you 5 Euro right there.
Jordan: It should have been negative Euros, because that’s not what I was going for! The person was really nice about it, she gave me my money back and didn’t call security on my drunk ass, which she could have done so I appreciate that.
Jason: This was on a day where I got back drunk from the bar, [Jordan] hopped on the back of the scooter and we drove to the Red Light District and I just sat there smoking joints waiting for [him]. In hindsight that was the most ridiculous situation.
Jordan: I was so nervous, because it was the first time I went to the Red Light District and it’s just so… And you’re not used to looking at someone behind the glass and going “Hmm…you look good.”
Jason: I’ve been taught to be a gentleman and I don’t think I’m being a gentleman there but that is within the code of conduct there.
Jordan: I ended up hooking up with this chick who was like 180lbs. I knew I would never hook up with this person casually, I wanted to go way out of my element. I invited her to the show afterwards, she didn’t come. It was an interesting experience.
What’s the craziest thing that happened while you were at a show?
Jason: We were playing a festival called Narnia and our tour manager came up right before the set and was like “Hey, you guys wanna play with Afroman?” and we were like what? He said “Afroman got high and missed his set but he still wants to play a set tonight, can he sit in on your set?” So he came and he set in and played “Because I Got High” and “Colt 45” with us. He played this super long 7 minute extended version of it and then wanted to come back on stage and play one more. We said “No, we gotta finish our set, man!” So we had to cut Afroman out. It was a very surreal situation.
[Jordan] You look so pained while we explain this story.
Jordan: We played an acoustic set with him, too, and he didn’t bring his guitar. He was doing his music off an iPod and asked everyone if they had a charger for it. So we had to give him a charger, and he had to borrow a guitar. He basically didn’t bring anything. I was entertained.
Jason: It was amazing. ♦
Cherub’s new album is ready for pre-order now.