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  • Years Active

    2007 – present (10 years)


Cherry Choke are an English rock band, formed in 2007. Founded by Josiah/The Kings Of Frog Island front man Mathew Bethancourt the group are rumoured to be named after a Victorian prostitute with a very unique talent. Think! Blue Cheer _fighting it out with the Black Keys as the Jimi Hendrix Experience look on from the bar. Think! Molten guitars freaked out on dirty fuzz. Think! Heavy Gibson bass grooves and a furious drum attack.

The 2009 debut gritty, lo-fi self produced album ‘Cherry Choke’ (Elektrohasch 2009) featured Bethancourt (guitar and vocals), bassist Gregg Hunt and drummer Daniel Lockton, both formerly of The Dérailleurs. The band began with performances across the UK and Europe. Hunt left after the release of the group’s second album, “A night in the arms of Venus” (Elektrohasch 2011), recorded at Amphibia II studios with Mark Buteux.

Former Josiah bass player Simon Beasley joined the group in 2013 to record the third Cherry Choke album “Raising The Waters” (Elektrohasch 2015). Raising The Waters was recorded and produced by Stefan Koglek (Colour Haze) at the Colour Haze Studio, Munich, Germany with help from Super Mario Man. The new album promises to be the best record both Cherry Choke and Mathew Bethancourt have made o far…

“A Night in the Arms of Venus, for short, collects nine vinyl-minded retro rockers the swing of which will be welcome to anyone on Graveyard’s trail, but Cherry Choke are rawer, more garage-sounding, injecting a Stooges wiriness into heavy blues grooves and ‘60s proto-psych pop.” -The Obelisk

“Sexy, ecstatic, dirty, groovy, lysergic and built on simple patterns and structures; just the way Rock was originally intended to be.”

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