Cherry Grind - Room With A View album review

Party like it’s 1975.

Cherry Grind Room With A View album cover

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With former Rainbow and Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley producing, it’s little wonder that Room With A View, the debut album from Australian rockers Cherry Grind, feels like a trip in a time machine back to 1975.

Which isn’t to take anything away from these guys. If that’s the sound you’re going for, then seeking guidance from someone who was there is a shrewd move. From the sleazy riffing of The Gap, the harmony vocals in Dusty Road and the questionable attitudes to the barely legal on A Minor Problem, this record really is classic rock writ large. Like a world where punk never happened and This Is Spinal Tap is an instruction film, Cherry Grind walk it like they talk it.

Julian Marszalek is the former Reviews Editor of The Blues Magazine. He has written about music for Music365, Yahoo! Music, The Quietus, The Guardian, NME and Shindig! among many others. As the Deputy Online News Editor at Xfm he revealed exclusively that Nick Cave’s second novel was on the way. During his two-decade career, he’s interviewed the likes of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Ozzy Osbourne, and has been ranted at by John Lydon. He’s also in the select group of music journalists to have actually got on with Lou Reed. Marszalek taught music journalism at Middlesex University and co-ran the genre-fluid Stow Festival in Walthamstow for six years.