Q&A Scene: Joshua Aubry of THE CHERRY DOLLS

Tell us about your new single and upcoming tour.

When we wrote Slave we were listening to a lot of The Clash and The Ramones. We wanted to channel  that true Punk Rock vibe with hard hitting drums and a catchy singalong chorus. We are playing bigger rooms this tour and are really excited about it. It will also be the first time we will be playing songs of the new Album so we will feel like a whole new band on stage. Still ready to bring the chaos.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 
We went into the studio at the start of the year to lay down our debut Album with only 3 songs done and 7 songs  half finished (some even just ideas) 3 days later we came out with a 10 track album that we couldn’t be prouder of.  We feel its the strongest work we have ever laid down and feels we have matured and really found the sound we were  looking for.        
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.    
Last year we were on the road with The Delta Riggs and we were driving back from our Adelaide show  to go played Chopped Festival before we ended the tour in Ballarat. Long story short we had to be on stage  at 7pm it was 6:30pm and we were 45 minutes away. We were flying down the back roads of Victoria Country  sinking VB’s and listening to the AFL grand final on the radio. 30 minutes out and our fuel light came on and  that was probably the most stressful, funniest, hilarious 30 minutes of our tour life. We ended up making it to Chopped a few minutes before our set started and played a killer show to 1000+ Doggies fans! (I’m a Swan’s fan).
What, or who, inspires you? 
Braveheart! Have you seen that pre-battle speech? It’s fucking life.
Which song do you wish you wrote? 
You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates (Actually, any Hall & Oates song)
What’s next for you? 
Release the Album after this tour. Tour some more, write the 2nd record. World Domination.
What’s your scene? 
Beers, Brave Heart, Hall & Oates




Friday 21st April 2017 – Solbar, Sunshine Coast QLD

Saturday 22nd April 2017 – The Northern, Byron Bay NSW

Friday 5th May 2017 – Rad, Wollongong NSW

Sunday 7th May 2017 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney NSW

Friday 12th May 2017 – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide SA

Saturday 27th May 2017 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC


An explosion of filthy primordial guitars, liquid rhythms and primal voodoo jams, The Cherry Dolls are the pied pipers of those in search of the endless party and the eternal weekend. With two critically acclaimed EPs under their belt and more broken guitar strings and tour damaged gear than they’d care to recall, the Dolls have delivered another sonic missile ‘Slave’ in advance of their highly anticipated debut album.

Recorded in a frenetic blast of activity while the rest of town was sleeping off their New Year’s hangovers, ‘Slave’ saw Alex Markwell of The Delta Riggs sitting in on production duties to capture a blistering live favourite on record. Giving Iggy Pop a run for his money ‘Slave’ channels primal despair fuelled by a thunderous riff and frustration distilled into a tightly coiled track that explodes from the speakers. A phenomenon in their hometown of Melbourne as one of the biggest live drawcards, the band have been making waves nationally with an ever increasing fanbase packing out sweat soaked venues and taking cues from The Cherry Dolls’ lyrical maelstrom of star crossed lovers, broken hearts and hitting the bottle until dawn.

Taking the malevolent riffs of The Stooges, the cocksure self-assuredness of The Strokes and the swagger of The Rolling Stones, the band have been hitting stages strutting their stuff with everyone from The Delta Riggs to British India, DZ Deathrays to Harts. Clocking up two years of unrelenting gigging and recording, The Cherry Dolls have given more than fair warning of their promise as one of Australia’s most electrifying bands, with ‘Slave’ another taster of their highly anticipated debut album. With previous releases all picking up significant Triple J, community radio and commercial airplay, The Cherry Dolls are set to embark upon their biggest tour yet.


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