The founder, singer, and songwriter of New York four-piece The Motor Tom, Nick Schupak since 2011, here – with Cheerry Red (not a typo!) – he brings us a stunning collection of arty alt-pop-rock tracks perhaps most reminiscent, in attitude if not directly in sound, of 80’s alt bands such as Aztec Camera, Orange Juice, or, at times, the Replacements.
It’s a divine mix of poppy alternative-ness, synth-wave, and New York Garage Rock, ‘Can’t Explain This Kind Of Crazy’ the lead single and eponym from a 13-track album mixing the 13-minute epic ‘I Was Right About You” to what Schupak describes as ‘sub 2-minute palette cleansers’; ‘Can’t Explain This Kind Of Crazy’ is a delightful, perfect introduction, intelligent lyrical jousting mixing with cleverly arranged and subtly perfect instrumentation. It’s timeless, contemporary, and a perfect little slice of pop-rock dreaminess.
Check out ‘Can’t Explain This Kind Of Crazy’, and the rest of Cheerry Red, on Soundcloud.
Review by Alex Holmes