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Transit Of Venus

by The Cherry Bluestorms

For those who love the vinyl produced in the late '60s, early '70s British rock-influenced guitar-based music.
Genre: Rock: Shoegaze
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1. Baby, You're A Rich Man
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2. Daisy Chain
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3. Just A Kiss Away
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4. Here
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5. Her Mirror Cracked
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6. While You Were Away
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7. Violent Heart
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8. Awaken
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9. Fear Of Gravity
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10. Departure
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Album Notes
The Cherry Bluestorms are
Deborah Gee (vocals)
Glen Laughlin (guitar, vocals) and
Ryan Brown (drums)

TRANSIT OF VENUS, the debut album from The Cherry Bluestorms, is a garden of unearthly delights for those who love the vinyl pressed between 1964 and 1970.

Deborah Gee was placing songs from her solo album “Portal” in TV shows and films. She was looking for a guitarist when she met Glen Laughlin at a coffeehouse. Glen had been developing the alterenative tunings that are a signature of his style while playing and singing with punk pop legends The Dickies (A&M) and former The Pop frontman David Swanson (RCA). He had also begun to produce other artists and opened Roundhouse Recording. The pair began working on what was supposed to become Deborah’s second solo album. After meeting drummer Ryan Brown at a party, they determined to form a band.

The band was spotted at their first L.A. show by a promoter, whereupon their second show was before a festival crowd in New Hampshire. Their debut album, Transit of Venus was released June 1, 2007. The album got a sensational send-off at Hollywood’s Cinespace, with a Fillmore-style light show and a live string quartet accompanying the band in a performance of the entire album. The band subsequently played International Pop Overthrow (IPO) 2007 in Toronto Canada and IPO 2008 at the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool England. Transit of Venus was named as one of David Bash’s top 100 pop albums of 2007.

“Deborah Gee is a sensual and musically savvy presence onstage, reminiscent of a millenial Chrissie Hynde.”
Dan Lamb, California Pop Magazine

“You have a sound that comes off as unique. It sounds both fresh and retro.”
Terri Nunn, Berlin

“Baby, You’re a Rich Man: Urgently kicks in with an unmistakably modern sounding edge that surely comes from its sharp mix/production quality. Daisy Chain: It's epic and it’s not just accessible, it’s enticing and by gad it ROCKS! Just a Kiss Away: A ‘Voice of the Beehive’ sounding track sneakily and delightfully approaches Jefferson Airplane territory with some kick-ass guitar and voluptuous vocals that all serve to show yet another dimension to the incredible TCB sound.

…it is what we’ve been waiting for! And to enjoy it thoroughly I have to recommend that you forget your neighbours and crank up the volume! Deborah Gee, Glen Laughlin and Ryan Brown have produced something special here and I’m made grateful once more for my oh so precious, fully functioning ears! And to TCB too of course!”
Ant Standring, Glasswerk UK
Radio play:
XM Radio The Radar Report “Just A Kiss Away”
CSUMB campus radio “Baby You’re A Rich Man”.
Castle Rock Radio (entire album in rotation)

P.O. Box 260406
Encino CA 91604
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Steve Winnall

Brilliantly crafted sixties-inspired rock/pop.
The Cherry Bluestorms are a Los Angeles band and this is an excellent debut album. They are led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Glen Laughlin. Glen was formerly in those Killer Klowns of punk, The Dickies. He has also been a member of Buffalo Spingfielsd Again, who featured original members of that legendary West Coast band who are an influence on The Cherry Bluestorms. Taking main vocal duties and sharing the songwriting is Glen's wife, Deborah Gee, who has a critically acclaimed solo album to her credit.

Tapping into the magic and vibes of a wealth of sixties' sounds, The Cherry Bluestorms produce a contemporary recipe of their own. And Laughlin has the finesse of a master chef. Nothing is overdone, with keyboards and other instruments and devices expertly utilized, arranged and sprinkled in the blend. This sensitivity maximises the show-casing of Laughlin's diverse guitar skills, perhaps the greatest treat of the album. The playing is superb, from the sublime licks of 'Just A Kiss Away' to the ominous grind of 'Fear Of Gravity' and covering many delicious points in between. Together with the latitude and lovely lilts of Deborah's vocals comparisons with Richard and Linda Thompson would not be unfounded.

The lyrics are intelligent, with a partial theme of the passing of time and transience, with the heavens evoked both as metaphor and awesome reminder that the clock is ticking. And then there are the melodies. Strong and memorable, they repay repeated listening and take it in turns to ghost into your head and take up residence. 'Violent Heart', 'Awaken' and Departure' are simply gorgeous. Other tracks such as 'Daisy Chain' and 'While You Were Away' are irresistibles of the toe-tapping variety.

To single out just one song that exemplifies the thought put into and class of this album, take 'Departure', the final track. It is so hauntingly divine that it is painful as it draws to a close, you find yourself just wanting it and the album to go on. But this very (relative) brevity is completely effective in stoking up the pathos by amplifying the message that 'it's time to go' and life is fleeting. Genius.

I seriously recommend this album, this is wonderful stuff.

gary kay

A Twist Of Psychedelia
I'm not sure what "rich man" is doing here, but deborah and co give the song a good seeing to, revamping the harmonies and vocal line slightly. a pleasant enough opener.

Daisy chain has great drumming, approaching almost the great john bonham's heavy pounding on led zeppelin's, "when the levee breaks." the song is heavy with a twist of psychedelia. Drop out to this one! some nice twists and turns in the melody, with nicely fuzzed guitars.

Kiss away will be familiar to anyone aquainted with, "Portal," deborah gee's previous album. Here the song is given harder, edgier treatment with some very nice guitar work from glen.

"Here" is simply glorious. "I know you can transform my tears when your here." A love song with muscle and toughness that simmers and threatens to boil over as the song reaches it's climax with the lines, You know where I came from/you know where I'm going/you know what I'm thinking/and I know that I'm knowing/I know that I know that it's clear when you're here. Manificent!