The electro-pop duo Cherub recently released their sophomore album, “Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence” via Columbia Records. The newest single from this collection is called “Signs” and it features GRAMMY Award winning rapper T.I.
“T.I. has been and continues to be such an influence on our music and creativity. It was a complete honor and pleasure to work with such a legend in the game,” said Jordan Kelley.
Touring extensively throughout the next two months on the ‘Bleed Gold‘ tour, Cherub’s Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber are joined by drummer Nick Curtis and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Bartlett for an explosive full band performance.The tour is supported by electro pop duo FRENSHIP and Australian electronic/hip-hop duo, Boo Seeka.
Learn more about Cherub in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! Now that we are entering the fall of 2016, what are some words you would use to describe this year? What have been some of the highlights for the band?
It’s been really great! Getting new music out to people. Its been over a year since we got to play new music and its so cool getting to see people’s reactions to the songs. When were playing these new songs and seeing people in the crowd singing along to new songs like “Signs” and “Sensation” that have only been out for a few days, its really, really cool and rewarding for us.
Growing up, did you both always want to be musicians?
I wanted to be a structural engineer for a while. After I scrapped that idea, I was all about being a musician-Jason
Can you recall your earliest musical memories?
One of my moms ex boyfriends had an electric guitar and I automatically wanted one. -Jordan
Sitting in front of my boombox while I was doing my homework and every once in a while stopping to record a song to add a mixtape to listen to during carpool. —Jason
How did you two first decide to come together and form this duo? How did you come up with your band name?
Well we formed it in college where we met. We both thought we were decent dudes and we decided to make music together. The band name came about on a random day. We heard the word and it just fit. It had a ring to it.
How is your 50-date fall “Bleed Gold” tour going? What have been some favorite shows? Where are you still looking forward to playing at?
Everything has been going great so far. One of my favorite shows this far has been playing in Atlanta at the Tabernacle. David Murphy, former base player of Sound Tribe Sector 9 was one of the first people who invited us there to play a while back. He came out to our show there and was with us for that. It brought things full circle. -Jason
Our show in Morgantown, WV because its a small show, maybe like 60 people, and everyone was so stoked to be there. The energy was amazing. -Jordan
Were looking forward to playing Red Rocks. Its such a killer venue. We played there before, but its our first time headlining there.
Next month, you will release your sophomore album, “Bleed Gold Piss Excellence” via Columbia Records. Can you talk about putting this collection together? Where did the inspiration for it come from?
We had 2 albums and 2 EPs before we signed with Columbia so this is our sophomore major label album. Putting the songs together was really going back into the studio and not having a specific goal besides making good music. We did whatever was feeling right. It was cool to have Columbia super supportive of us during the entire process. After recording a few songs, the album really started coming together and falling into place.
It was pretty much the same as always. Its life, occurrences that happen. A lot of the inspirations for songs came from the keyboards we use and drum beats. Previous records were composed and arranged on computers. Where as this album we were inspired by a more natural sound.
What was it like working with T.I. on the album’s track, “Signs”?
He honestly is the humblest dude. He was so friendly with us and it was super surreal to be in the studio with him. The day after our show he invited us to go out to dinner and bowling with his family, its unreal. He’s a super genuine.
What if anything has surprised you about the music industry? What do you think has been your biggest challenge? And what do you think has come really naturally to you?
All the cliché stuff about the music industry are somewhat true. We’ve learned a couple lessons over the years, but the community has been pretty good to us. You always learn things along the way. You really just have to be yourself.
Who are some of your favorite artists and what bands continue to inspire you and your music?
Coldplay and A Tribe Called Quest -Jordan
Doing a song with Mariah Carey would be pretty tight.
When you aren’t performing, working in the studio, what do you like to do for fun? How do you unwind from it all?
I like to play boardgames with Jason. -Jordan
I like to play with my modular synthesizer- Jason
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
I would just want people to feel something when they listen to it. We want it to provoke some sort of emotion. If it does, then it did its job. We don’t want a specific message; we want people to take what they feel or think away from the songs.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
We really really appreciate the fact that we get the chance to do this and share experiences with the fans. We are really lucky. If you are a fan and you see us, please come up to us. We like making new friends!