In the Spring of 2011, Cherokee Red began as a collective of composers and multi- instrumentalists, each with a creatively unique voice and means of expression. Initially consisting of Andrew Sgarlat (drumkit/ guitar/ bass), Brittany Thomas (vox/ guitar/ drumkit), Charles Davis (guitar/ keys/ vox), Christiana Bartolini (vox/ percussion), and Dirk Dekker (guitar/ bass/ drumkit), the group began writing and rehearsing in the mountains outside of their home- town, Wilkes- Barre, located in scenic Northeast Pennsylvania. Tuned to the nature of the their surroundings, the culmination of each individual's efforts resulted in an organic, lush sound- scape that was immediately greeted with positive reception by artists, audiophiles, and the general public alike. Dubbed "psychedelic folk" and "dream pop" by listeners, Cherokee Red gained a fast and eager following, as the group performed regularly for crowds in Philadelphia, New York City, and the greater Scranton/ Wilkes- Barre area.
After much anticipation, Cherokee Red self- released their eponymous debut album in the Spring of 2013, recorded and mixed by band member Dirk Dekker. The album was met with critical praise, drawing comparisons to the likes of Rilo Kiley, Mazzy Star, Beach House, and Fleetwood Mac. While regularly touring in support of the record, multi- instrumentalist/ composer and friend Matt Rattigan was added to the line- up, and immediately began re- fueling the collective creative tank. Cherokee Red promptly followed- up their self- titled album in the Autumn of 2013 with an EP entitled "432", named for the A=432Hz frequency at which it was recorded, and the group continues to use during performances. Also self- recorded by Dekker, and self- released by the group in proper DIY fashion, "432" once again brought Cherokee Red praise from critics, and has been cited as an inspirational piece amidst the A=432Hz movement.
2014 found the band included on the nationally renowned 'Peach Music Festival', alongside legends George Clinton, Trey Anastasio, Taj Majal, and festival name- sake, The Allman Bros. With a new EP (maintaining the A=432Hz frequency) released via Philadelphia's 'Magic Death Sounds' label, entitled "The World Is My Oyster, You're The Pearl", Cherokee Red toured of the East Coast (U.S.) through the autumnal season, to further commendation. Continuing to record and tour regionally through the northeast winter, Cherokee Red is scheduled to release new material in the spring of 2015.
"Cherokee Red instantly lulls you into a blissfully peaceful state of deprived consciousness." - Joshua Mellin; Indie Shuffle
"...the album makes me want to go to dark bar, drink absinthe and write poetry." - The Music Ninja
"Cherokee Red's self-titled debut is a meditation on the soul... Frankly, this is some pretty existential shit." - Clint Murdoch; Fabricoh Magazine
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