Awash in vintage synths, revved up by 21st century guitars, and swagged out in chic thrifted threads, Cherry Pools harness harmony between distinct eras. The Toronto, ON quartet—Martin Broda [singer], Matt Krumins [guitar], Talyn Prior [bass], and Sean Mederios [drums]—introduce a style that would fit right in during an eighties-set teen love story or booming over North American festival fields on their 2017 debut EP [Weekday Records/Sony Music Entertainment].
“We wanted to write fun, summer anthems that are relatable,” explains Martin. “They’re primarily about relationships and the ups and downs that come from being in them. At the same time, there’s a catchy vibe you can get down with. We wanted to marry our influences into something fresh.”
Cherry Pools represents the culmination of a lifelong artistic journey for the musicians. Most recently, they operated under the moniker of Curses, built an international fan base through rigorous touring, and earned the endorsement of Alternative Press, Exclaim!, and more. In 2017, they underwent a pronounced progression. Martin turned his attention towards fusing the sounds that impacted him the most from his formative years through today. Under the influence of Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Justice, MGMT, Tame Impala, and more, the four-piece arrived at a creative cross-section of inspirations.
“It was about merging the modern and vintage,” he goes on. “We wrote really catchy and rhythmic vocal hooks that people could easily digest. It’s very simplistic and straightforward. That was the spirit.”
The boys recorded in Toronto alongside Juno Award- and MMVA Award-winning producer Anthony Kalabretta. Together, they unlocked a cohesive and coherent vision that unfolds on the EP. On “Caught in the Stars,” ethereal keys and handclaps entwine with lyrical conjurations of sharing kisses, chemicals, and cassette tapes as Martin’s falsetto resounds to the heavens.
“It’s a summer romance,” he explains. “You’re trying to go back in time and relive this moment when you were madly in love.”
That sense of sonic intoxication carries through the energetic and enigmatic “Forever Young” punctuated by his cinematic lyricism.
“It’s about this mysterious girl who you never went past the whole flirty stage with,” the frontman continues. “She’s trying to recapture that passion by staying forever young. Physically, it’s not going anywhere, but she thinks she can reach back to that feeling.”
Then, there’s the clever and catchy “Hollywood,” which doesn’t sugarcoat “poking fun at the stereotypical Hollywood girls who are way to cool for school.”
“I don’t get too metaphorical with my lyrics,” he admits. “What you hear is what you get. These are my personal experiences I’ve encountered throughout the years. I don’t hold anything back when it comes to getting a point across. I transfer that in a cool way.”
Every element coalesces into Cherry Pools. From the timeless sonic blend down to the mid-century inspired fashion aesthetic, the music ultimately functions as an escape.
“We want everybody to have a good time in the end,” Martin leaves off. “We’re all about bringing positive energy. If we can pull people away from everyday life and leave them feeling inspired, that’d be amazing. If we can bring that joy out of someone, we’re doing our job well. Come to our show and tell your friends about it.”
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