Electro pop duo Cherub is coming to town. And it's not for lack of trying to hit every other city possible before getting here. The Nashville-based twosome of Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber will spend the very last night of their three-month, 50-date Bleed Gold tour in San Diego.
The pair's October-released "Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence" is the follow-up to their smash 2014 Columbia Records debut, "Year of the Caprese." Their breakout hit "Doses and Mimosas" promised their live show would be a non-stop caravan of music and debauchery, and the longtime friends have spent the last two years delivering on that promise.
PACIFIC recently caught up with the reveling ringmasters in Portland, Oregon, ahead of their tour closer on Sunday at the House of Blues in San Diego.
PACIFIC: Glad San Diego can give you a fond farewell.
Jordan Kelley: It's the very end of our tour. We play the show that night and then we're all hopping in a van. We're taking the whole crew down to Tijuana for the night. We're going to have a time down there, and then the next morning we're catching a flight to Thailand for the week. It's definitely the end of the tour and we're excited for the breath of fresh air.
Wow! Double-decker debauchery on two different continents.
Kelley: That's kind of what we were going for. I've been to neither place and we're stoked to check them off the list.
When: 8 p.m. Nov. 20
Where: House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown
"Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence" came out mid-tour. Cool to see audiences that have both never heard the songs before and also ones that are familiar with it?
Kelley: This wasn't the plan. (laughs) We originally wanted to have the album out before the tour so people could sit with the music. But due to the schedule getting pushed for one reason or another, it came out halfway through the tour. It's not an ideal situation.
But it's also the first time we've had the opportunity to play new music for people that they haven't had a chance to hear yet. And that's been an awesome and unique experience for us.
Seeing people react to a song because it makes them feel a certain way instead of because they know the words is something. But then, by the time the second or third chorus of a song rolls around, people are doing their best to sing along. It's a really cool thing to get to watch as a performer. And something we'd never really done before. It ended up making it special for us.
This is a full, live set-up, correct?
Kelley: Well, we've never really just been DJing. We've always played live, even when it was just Jason and I with guitars and live vocals. Now, it's live percussion and we've got our friend JB with us playing guitar and keyboards. It's a full band. But it's been a live project from day one.
Once you've established yourself as a party band, is it hard to deliver on that promise, night after night, during your ambitious touring schedules?
Kelley: Touring is definitely grueling for us. I mean, I think it is for anyone. It's like sports. You've got to keep yourself in shape, you have to stretch before you go on, drink water, take care of your body, and whatnot.
But I hear what you're saying. And it doesn't get old and it doesn't get tiring. Going on stage with your best friends and playing music for people who have come out to show that they want to share time with us and are into what we are doing - that's the best part of our day.
Even if it's been a s----y day up until that point, you step out on that stage and it just disappears for the next hour and a half to two hours. There's nothing to think about except having a good time and playing music. It is difficult. But once you get up there and start feeling it out with the crowd that all gets erased.
Jason Huber (in his best Gomer Pyle): Well, they don't call it the "play your songs really loud industry," they call it the "entertainment industry!"
Kelley: We do realize we're entertainers. People don't come out just for the music. They can get that at home. They come out to see a full show. And that's been the whole concept behind the live band from the beginning. Everything is built around that. We try every night to make it interesting and exciting to watch our music being performed.