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If anyone could relate to Brian Wilson’s sentiment in The Beach Boys’ “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times,” it’s Outrageous Cherry’s frontman and songwriter, Matthew Smith. He’s been living in the mid-'60s ever since the early '90s. The Detroit band’s third studio album has zero modern-day anachronisms—though Smith and company rolled tape in 1997, it sounds like these songs were recorded 30 years prior. “I've Never Seen Your World” opens with echoes of The Velvet Underground; drummer Deb Agnolli even eschews cymbals for a primitive style that owes much to Moe Tucker. A prominent tambourine, vintage electric guitar, and Smith’s extra-reverberated vocals make “Genevieve” sound like a lost gem from the second Nuggets box set. Most of the tunes on Nothing’s Gonna Cheer You Up are between two and three and a half minutes, but the title track sprawls for seven minutes and 16 seconds of psychedelic beauty, replete with backmasked guitar leads and a period-correct 12-string jangle. Conversely, the two-minute burst of “Jayne” kicks out angsty proto-punk trimmed in garage-rock tones.


Formed: 1992 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Named after a brilliant red hair dye, Detroit's Outrageous Cherry mixes garage rock, psychedelic and indie pop into a timeless yet distinctive sound. The band started as a recording project in 1992 but blossomed into a full-fledged group when singer/guitarist/producer Matthew Smith (who also performs in the country tinged Volebeats) began performing live backed by a full band in 1993. Outrageous Cherry's wistful noise-pop debuted with a limited-edition 7" of "Pale, Frail Lovely One" on the local...
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