Cherubs (UK band)

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Origin London, England
Genres Art rock, new wave, indie rock
Years active 2003–2007
Labels Cargo Records / VMA / Voices of Wonder
Associated acts The Libertines, Bloc Party, The Rakes, Art Brut, The Cribs, Interpol, Ikara Colt
  • Staale Krantz Bruland – Vocals
  • Espen Dahl – Guitar / vocals
  • Matthew Orchard – Guitar
  • Jørgen Raa – Bass
  • Glenn Fryatt – Drums
Past members
  • Glenn Wange – Drums and percussion

Not to be confused with the American noise rock group of the same name. Cherubs were a five-piece band from the United Kingdom and Norway. The band comprised Staale Krantz Bruland, Espen Dahl, Matthew Orchard, Jørgen Raa and Glenn Wange. The band formed in 2003, and disbanded in September 2007.


The band came together in December 2003, and in a short period of time gigged and toured all over the UK and abroad with bands such as The Libertines, Bloc Party, The Cribs, The Rakes, Razorlight, Maxïmo Park, The Departure, Moving Units, The Others, Art Brut and many more.

Debut single "Hey Bunny" was out October 2004, second single was the non-album track "Club Hoola Hoop's Walls" out in February 2005. Their debut album Uncovered by Heartbeat was released 18 April 2005 on Cargo Records. The album was produced by Howard Gray[1] and engineered by Ashley Krajewski at Apollo Control Studios. The band played an album release show to a capacity crowd at the Camden Barfly 23 April 2005.

The single "A Man of No Importance" is another non-album track, and was out 15 August on CD single and ltd. edition 7". It was produced by Mercury Prize nominee producer Gareth Parton (Ikara Colt, The Go! Team, The Killers, The Futureheads, Shellac, The Breeders, Foals).

In the summer of 2005 the band played at the Wireless Festival, T in the Park,[2] and at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.[3]

In Autumn 2005, Glenn Wange informed the band he intended to leave at the end of the year to continue his studies, and he played his last gig with the band 24 November at the Barfly in London. In February 2006, Glenn Fryatt joined as the new drummer.

Cherubs' record label is the London-based Cargo Records.

The band broke up in September 2007.




  • "Hey Bunny" (October 2004)
  • "Club Hoola Hoop's Walls" (aka "I Go to Whom I'm Dressed For") (February 2005)
  • "A Man Of No Importance" (August 2005)
  • "Paper Cut Moon" (February 2006)

Other appearances[edit]

  • Jørgen Raa joined the band XX Teens[4] post Cherubs.
  • Espen Dahl appears on the The Sailor Sessions recordings by The Libertines (2005), and joined the band Stricken City post Cherubs.
  • Glenn Fryatt played drums and recorded for Ten Benson[5] post Cherubs before joining London based 60s surf group Oh! Gun Quit in 2010. Glenn Fryatt is currently the drummer for the London-based, two piece rock group The Diamond Lights.
  • Matthew Orchard formed The Bela Lugosi Blues post Cherubs (2008-2010), joined garage punk band Thee Cuss Words (2010-11) and currently plays guitar in These Guilty Men.


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