LA Weekly
Falling James

One of this city’s great lost bands is The Cherry Bluestorms. Fronted by Deborah Gee and ex-Dickies guitarist Glen Laughlin, the power-pop group emerge from the shadows only once or twice a year, but when they do, it’s always special. Unlike so many ’60s-style musicians who are content to faintly imitate garage rock and psychedelic pop from the safe distance of a half-century, The Cherry Bluestorms imbue the jangling original songs and inspired covers on Transit of Venus and the inventive song cycle Bad Penny Opera with unrivaled vibrancy and immediacy. Their latest album, Whirligig!, ranges from the string-laden, sun-dappled Laurel Canyon pop grandeur of “Seven League Boots” and the driving mod anthem “Purple Heart Magic” to the ebulliently groovy homage “Roy Wood” and Laughlin’s acoustic folk reverie “Sleep.” A sparkling remake of The Beatles’ “She Said She Said” ranks with The Bluestorms’ sublimely surging 2007 version of “Baby, You’re a Rich Man.” Duncan Faure (Rabbitt, Bay City Rollers) also performs.

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