Cherubs (American band)

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Origin Austin, Texas, US
Genres Noise rock,[1] post-hardcore
Years active 1991–1994, 2014–present
Labels Trance Syndicate, Brutal Panda
Associated acts Drain, Ed Hall, Fuckemos
Members Owen McMahon
Kevin Whitley
Brent Prager

Cherubs are an American noise rock band from Austin, Texas, formed in 1991. Their line up consisted of guitarist Kevin Whitley, bassist Owen McMahon, and drummer Brent Prager. During their initial run, they released two albums and an outtake compilation, all of which were released through Trance Syndicate. They broke up in 1994, shortly before the release of their second album Heroin Man. They reunited in 2014[2] and a third full-length, titled 2 YNFYNYTY, was released on March 3, 2015 through Brutal Panda Records.


Cherubs were formed in 1991[3] by Kevin Whitley (former Ed Hall drummer), Owen McMahon, and Brent Prager.[4] In early 1992, they were signed through Trance Syndicate, an independent record label owned by King Coffey of The Butthole Surfers, before they even performed their first live show.[3] That same year they released their debut album Icing. The album's lead single, "Pink Party Dessert", was released as a single on 7" vinyl,[5] which was even played through BBC Radio 1 by disc jockey John Peel. Their follow-up record, Heroin Man, was released two years later. The album's title and lyrical themes were influenced by the heroin-induced overdose of Dave DeLuna, a very close friend of the band. The band broke up before the album's release, following a fight between Prager and McMahon after a live show.[6] In 1996, Trance Syndicate released Short of Popular, a compilation album that was made up of b-sides, rarities, and outtakes recorded throughout the band's brief run.

In 2013, a compilation titled Everyone's Dead Before They Leave: A Tribute to the Cherubs was released through Unfortunate Miracle Records, which compiles various covers of songs by the Cherubs done by many different bands.[7] The title is a reference to a lyric from "Pink Party Dessert". In 2014, the Cherubs reunited and began recording a new album over the summer. On December 15, it was announced via a YouTube video that the new album will be titled 2 YNFYNYTY. The album was released by Brutal Panda Records on March 3, 2015 through digital download, cassette, and vinyl formats.[8]

In October 2014, they released a new song, titled "Fist In The Air", on the Brutal Panda Records soundcloud page. The track was recorded during the 2 YNFYNYTY sessions, and digital pre-orders were given to those who purchased a T-shirt from the Brutal Panda Records website.[9] When asked about their plans on recording new material, Whitley mentioned that the "next record will be about moving on".

In early 2016, the band announced that they will release the Fist In The Air extended play on double 7" vinyl format.[10] The EP was released on February 26 of that year. On August 22, the band performed at Beerland, the first show by the band in over 20 years.[11] They later performed at the Mohawk's 10th anniversary celebration on September 17.[12] In 2016, Tom Hazelmyer of Amphetamine Reptile Records released a limited edition split 7" lathe cut that featured the Cherubs and Gay Witch Abortion, which was released in conjunction with Hazelmyer's Ink Obscene Archaic Gutter Memes art show that was held at Leona Gallery in Austin, Texas on December 3.


Studio Albums[edit]

Compilation Albums[edit]

Extended Plays[edit]

  • Fist In The Air (2016)


  • "Pink Party Dessert" (1992)
  • "Carjack Fairy/Daisy Poser" (1993)
  • "Dreamin'" (1993)

Split Singles[edit]

  • "Pink Party Dessert/Hambone City" (1993, split with Slug)
  • "Do You Wanna Dance?/Shoofly" (1994, split with Fuckemos)
  • "I Want Candy/Do You Wanna Dance?" (1996, split with Fuckemos)
  • Ink Obscene Archaic Gutter Memes (2016, split with Gay Witch Abortion)

Compilation Appearances[edit]

  • Love & Napalm (1993) - "Spitwad", "Dovey"
  • Chairman of the Board - Interpretations of Songs Made Famous By Frank Sinatra (1993) - "How Little We Know"
  • The Smitten Love Song Compilation (1994) - "I Want Candy"
  • Live at Emo's (1994) - "All Chickened Out"
  • ¡Cinco Años! (1995) - "Quitter", "Carjack Fairy"
  • The Beginning of the End Again (1995) - "Dreaming"


  • Kevin Whitley - Guitar, Vocals
  • Owen McMahon - Bass, Vocals
  • Brent Prager - Drums


  1. ^ Earles, Andrew (March 31, 2015). "The Revival of Cherubs". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Gross, John. "austin360 ((( Austin noise rock titans Cherubs to record, release first album in 20 years )))". Austin360. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Beets, Greg. "Cherubs Flourish in the Afterlife at SOS Fest". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  4. ^ Kennedy, Patrick. "Allmusic ((( Cherubs Biography )))". allmusic. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  5. ^ =. "Cherubs Discography ((( Cherubs Discography )))". Grunnenn ROcks. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  6. ^ Curtin, Kevin. "The Austin Chronicle ((( Playback: Cherubs Flit Back - The unlikely return of Nineties noisemakers Cherubs. )))". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "Cherubs Facebook page ((( Cover Album Release Announcement )))". Facebook. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  8. ^ Harrington, Tim. "Youtube ((( CHERUBS - '2 YNFYNYTY' Album Announcement )))". Brutal Panda Records. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  9. ^ Berdan, Michael (2015-10-12). "Here's The Wosrt Interview With A Band That We've Ever Done". Vice. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  10. ^ Shrum (2016-01-28). "Cherubs Announce New EP "Fist In The Air"". New Noise Magazine. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  11. ^ n/a. "Cherubs melt faces and hearts at reunion shows". Austin360. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  12. ^ Sengupta Stith, Deborah. "Recently reunited noise trio Cherubs to play SOS Fest, Mohawk anniversary show". Austin360. Retrieved 2016-08-24.

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