Cherry St. – Monroe

Released 1996 (Perris), 2004 (Perris)

Track List:
1996 Version:
01. Dogtown
02. One More Tonight
03. Break Me
04. Joker’s Wild
05. Bite The Bullet
06. Shake My Soul
07. The War Is Over
2004 Version:
1b. Dogtown
2b. One More Tonight
3b. Break Me
4b. Joker’s Wild
5b. Bite The Bullet
6b. The War Is Over
7b. Comes Around Goes Around
8b. Soft & Slow
9b. Push & Shove

Marq Torien – vocals (1 & 2)
Shannon Strobel – vocals (3 & 7)
Kevin Steele – vocals (4 & 5)
Stevie Rachelle – vocals (6)
Billy Coane – vocals (7b, 8b & 9b)
Tom Monroe Mathers – lead/rhythm guitar and backing vocals
Taz Bangz – lead/rhythm guitar and bass (4)
Jimmy Fox – bass
Jaimie Scott – bass (7b, 8b & 9b)
Kelly James – drums
Marc Razzle – drums (7b, 8b & 9b)

Additional Musicians:
Greg Shuler – backing vocals
Jeff Christian – backing vocals
Gordon Dean – backing vocals
Derek Thomas – backing vocals
Joe Latora – backing vocals

Engineered by Steve Gilray.

I’ve always wondered if Cherry St. was an actual band or just a bunch of friends that jump into the studio from time to time. Regardless of which is true, I’ve always enjoyed their albums – and their revolving door membership policy always keeps things fresh. So here we have one of Cherry St.‘s best albums, re-released with three bonus tracks – and strangely enough with one of the original tunes missing!

  BulletBoys front-man Marq Torien screams through the first two songs, almost losing control when things heat up. It is that instability that makes both songs so good, especially “One More Tonight”. The band applies a glam meets three-chord AC/DC riffs throughout, but the three bonus reissue tracks are more straight-up Sunset Strip glam. Which only makes sense seeing as these three tracks first appeared on a Cherry St. demo during their formative years. The real gem here though is “Joker’s Wild”, featuring an incredibly laid-back vocal delivery by Roxx Gang‘s Kevin Steele. The song oozes cockiness and egotism as if effortlessly rolls along and remains one of my favorite tunes.

  I’m not sure why “Shake My Soul” is missing (sung by Tuff‘s vocalist) on the reissue, but the three old demos more than make up for it. Arguably Cherry St.‘s finest moment, Monroe is a great collection of catchy and understated rock songs. A quick trip to will cure your fix for dirty rock’n’roll.

Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, December 2004.

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