What is your name and role within Cherry Dolls?
Josh – Ruler of all.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
MELBOURNE – music scene is great. Everyone’s gotta stop trying to sound like god but.
How did you first start playing music?
I was 12. My sister had a CD of her boyfriends band In her 1956 Toyota Carona. He played drums. I asked pa for some drums he bought them for me. It was then and there I knew I was in for a life of heart ache and pain.
How did Cherry Dolls form?
Moved to melbs with my old band. Only thing was no one else moved. I met Lachie and found out he played guitar when we were on a sender at 7am. that night we went to some doof club called surviour fell into a K hole and decided to start the band. Next morning we booked in a jam at Midean (rip best shit hole ever) and wrote who the hell, stars above & ain’t got no soul. It was love at first sight. Then I lost him. The one that got away. I still love him. Miss you Lachie.
Your latest single ‘State Of Mind’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
We went into the studio to do some demos. Kobe’s had the lick. Joms had the bass line. I hoped on the kit and it came together within 10 minutes. Alex Markwell is a wizard so we ended up just tracking it as a single. Jim talked me into dropping the walls with my lyrics this song and laying down how I really felt and I’m glad he did now.
Where and when did you record/produce?
We recording it at a secret recording studio in FITZROY with our trusty producer Alex Markwell.
How did you approach the recording/production process?
Went in, got the job done.
What’s on the schedule for future shows and touring?
We just finished up the Australian tour. Heading over seas next year.
How do you prepare for live shows?
Jamo’s lots of jamos. Then I’ll stretch and yell in Joms face for a good 5 minutes, then we get in a huddle and I tell the boys they are the best humans in the world and that I love them dearly. Then we tell each other we are the best band in the world and sing ‘sure know something’ by Kiss. Then we hug everyone twice and slap each other’s ass as we walk on stage.
What do you most enjoy about playing live?
The connection between the band that Ozzes our into the crowd. It’s about feeling good. Making every person in that room forget about their lives for and feel like they are invincible.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Eddy Current. The Clash. Harry Styles. Heaps of funk disco.
What do you like to do away from music?
Jimmy and I work together as social workers. We work with teenagers with disabilities. It’s pretty amazing. We love it and it’s fun to play them our songs and they usually let us know if they are hits or not. Besides that I play football (English) which takes up the rest of my life. And pokies at the Albion club.
Who have been some stand out acts for you and why through out this past decade?
Delta Riggs – Australias best punk rock band
Batz – we like dur my sisters are unstoppable.
Eddy Current – like come on it doesn’t get any better than ECSP!
Bad dreems – last record was beyond fucked up stupid good.
The Grogans – the boys are ganna be big. LIKE REAL BIG.
Bluey – so so good
What’s planned for 2020?
Write. Album. Go over seas. I might take up fishing. Find a girl to love. Build a house. Cry. Fly fishing sounds good. Yeah let’s go with that Josh. Fly fishing.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Ramen. I hang out at the Albion Club most days. Playing pokies and drinking Guinness. Mmmmmm Guinness. Sponsor us pleaseeeee. That’s all thanks good bye god bless have a great life. Don’t call again yeah?