San Diego Troubadour
A new seven-inch single from sixties-inspired, Los Angeles-based quartet, the Cherry Bluestorms pairs a great new original to a cover of the Beatles classic “Dear Prudence.” Let’s start with the sleeve: a wonderful retro-looking cover with Hard Day’s Night-styled photo strips of the band’s singer Deborah Gee, guitarist Glen Laughlin, and drummer Mark Francis White, themed to the title track. “See No Evil” is a driving song, with a strong melody and a chorus tagline that’s a definite earworm, kicking off with a Zombies-inspired intro before heading in to psyche garage territory. You’ll be singing along on the chorus after one listen. The b-side is a dreamy psychedelic take on the White Album track, which to my ears sounds like what the song might have sounded like if it had been included on the Magical Mystery Tour album instead. Reminds me a bit of a cross between Jefferson Airplane and Argent. If you’ve been following the Cherry Bluestorms over the past few years, this single continues their string of essential releases.