The Playlist Interview: Jack Cherry of Juan de Fuca

  Cherry, third from left.  Photo: Berkley Kirsche

Cherry, third from left. Photo: Berkley Kirsche

An endless well of inspiration with many facets, causes, and outcomes, it's no secret that art often stems from pain. This mode of songwriting is frequently used by introspective musicians as a way of coming to grips with a grim situation----an appalling national tragedy or a shocking, personal loss. It was the latter that inspired Jack Cherry----frontman of Atlanta, Georgia band Juan de Fuca----with themes of grief, addiction, and learning to cope bringing a new weight to their blend of textured Shoegaze and New York, Converse-clad post-punk.

Moody without being depressing, referential without being imitative, it's a sound that's perfectly exhibited in new single, "All The Time," off their upcoming album on Arrowhawk Records, Solve/Resolve (due out in early January). With quality influences like LCD Soundsystem and The Strokes, Cherry seemed a promising brain to pick for our Playlist Interview, and he didn't disappoint----his choices revealing a broad taste in music, a love of covers, and a resiliently dry sense of humor.

 

A song from the year you were born: 

"Mystifies Me" by Son Volt (Ronnie Wood cover)

 

A song that reminds you of your parents:

"Da Da Da" by Trio

 

A song that reminds you of high school:

"Rigamortis" by Kendrick Lamar

 

A song that makes you cry:

"Rock and Roll Singer" by Mark Kozelek (AC/DC cover)

 

The best make-out song:

"Tired Of Being Alone" by Al Green

 

A song by one of your heroes:

"Coney Island Baby" by Lou Reed

 

The song guaranteed to get you out on the dance floor:

"Ain't It Funky Now" by James Brown

 

A song you wish you had written:

"Should've Been A Cowboy" by Toby Keith

 

A song you wish could be eradicated from this earth:

"So What" by Pink

 

A song that inspired your album:
"All My Friends" by LCD Soundsystem

 

A song that feels like love:

"Sound Proof Room" by Elle Varner

 

A song you used to love that you now hate:

"Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes

 

Your go-to karaoke song:

"You're Beautiful" by James Blunt

 

A song that made you want to be a musician:

"Sympathy For The Devil" (Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! version) by The Rolling Stones

 

Your favorite cover:

"Greensleeves" by Vince Guaraldi Trio

 

A song that should be much more famous than it is:

"All The Time" by Juan de Fuca