Album Review: Cherri Fosphate – We Didn’t Come Here To Say Goodbye

Posted by Philippa Fraser

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The eagerly anticipated debut from Cherri Fosphate landed this week, and marks the start of promising things to come for the Glasgow band.

There’s been a buzz around this indie rock band for a while now, having already released EP Burning Youth back in 2013 and a couple of singles since.  Extensive touring around the UK has followed, but for fans wanting more, We Didn’t Come Here To Say Goodbye provides exactly that.  A catchy and upbeat foundation topped with absorbing lyrics and undeniable raw talent delivers a cracker of an album.

Cherri Fosphate have taken the best of their long performed live stuff and produced 10 wonderful tracks that sit perfectly side by side on an album.  2013 EP songs including Wool and the brilliant Losing Teeth are thrown into the record along with previous single Pretend and current single Neighbour. Accompanying these established tracks include some previously unheard material.

Album opener Sea Foam Green is – as we would call it here in Glasgow – a belter.  Layers of rough guitar slide over a drum beat that refuses to be ignored.  Vocals delivered by Jonny Sharpe carry a sense of desire teetering on desperation as he bitterly sings, “We were supposed to grow old together / So young and so stupid,” in his rough Scottish accent.  This unmistakable twang is central to most of the other album tracks and gives Cherri Fosphate that little spark of uniqueness in a world where indie bands are forming left, right, and centre.

Comparisons to Frightened Rabbit and The Strokes are justified as their influence bleeds through on certain tracks.  The Strokes’ hurtling pace and intricate guitar detail is felt on Lady Aniseed Hijacked My Car in particular.  However, a distinctive vocal and ability to show diversity on such a short record saves Cherri Fosphate from being swamped by the aforementioned surge of aspiring bands.

The album finishes with Didn’t See You, their gentle reminder to everyone that they can do understated and emotional as good as any band.  Again, the track is lyrically beautiful and serves as a lingering reminder soon after the record finishes.

Here at Scottish Fiction we’ve been fans of the band for a while now, even making Neighbour our Track Of The Day at one point. After hearing the new album, it’s fair to say our love for them will continue!

Cherri FosphateWe Didn’t Come Here To Say Goodbye is out now via Bloc+Music and is available on CD and digital download here.

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