Cherub brought it all to the stage: a little bit of sex, and a little bit of drugs (hypothetically, to an extent), but more than anything, a whole lot of love: a love for the music, and a love for the energy.
It was a Tuesday night—Fat Tuesday, if we’re being specific—at the Old Rock House, and there was no better way to celebrate the holiday than with the unique musical style of Cherub, as well as their opening acts Carousels and Probcause.
The night began with the clever raps and beats of Probcause, and then onto the soothing tunes of Carousels, who performed covers of artists such as Robyn and Drake on top of their own work. The opening acts served as a mix of the two sides of Cherub’s music: Carousel’s calming sound seemed to match the falsetto intros to the majority of Cherub’s work, while Probcause brought the high energy of the duo’s choruses and bridges.
By the time Cherub’s set rolled around, the crowd had continuously grown, and the energy was high in the anticipation of Cherub’s performance, in which the duo aims “to share a little bit of drugs, a little bit of sex, and a whole lot of love.” Both of the groups’ members, Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber no doubt brought this mission, as well as the excitement of their music to the stage on Fat Tuesday.
Each falsetto note left audience members swaying with the music, and the gradually increased tempo only added to the enthusiasm of the crowd. This tempo was matched with the fluorescent drum sticks hammering on stage, appropriately providing flashes of bright neon colors to an already colorful performance. Yet in the midst of all this excitement, any person had to notice the fact that even with Cherub’s electronic, falsetto driven music, the members were strumming guitars the entire time, making for a conducive mix of techno beats and instrumentals.
And while all these little things make for a great performance, what every audience member wants is to see is there favorite songs performed live on stage. And Cherub had more than enough up their sleeve; from “Jazzercise ’95” and “Heartbreaker” from their EP 100 Bottles, as well as some hits from their newest album, MoM & DaD, “XOXO” and their biggest success “Doses and Mimosas.”
All in all, Cherub, with the help of Probcause and Carousels, brought it all to the stage: a little bit of sex, and a little bit of drugs (hypothetically to an extent), but more than anything, a whole lot of love: a love for the music, and a love for the energy. | Molly McLaughlin