5 Questions with Cherri Bomb

By: Brent X Mendoza

Tonight, “rock’s new generation” takes the stage at The Roxy Theatre having earned a coveted spot as direct support for all-star super cover group Camp Freddy. Most impressive of all, the mean age or the all female quartet is only 13 years old. Taken under the wing of superstar drummer Samantha Maloney (Hole, Mötley Crüe, Chelsea Girls), the teens are blazing a serious rock n’ roll trail that bands of any age would be lucky to follow. Before hitting The Roxy for the big show, see what front woman Julia Pierce, drummer Nia Lovelis, sister/bassist Rena Lovelis, and guitarist/keyboardist Miranda Miller have to say about their already “veteran status.”

How do you balance school and your career as a rockstar?

Julia: It’s not as easy as you would think! I take it a day at a time, and stay on top of all of the work. It was really hard while we were traveling on the road, all of us being cramped in a little van and trying to get homework done and sit in the same spot for hours and hours. A lot of our friends say, “Wow, it must be so cool to be in a band!”, and it is, but it’s a ton of work and pressure to keep your grades up while doing what you love. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Your manager is all-star drummer Samantha Maloney. What have you learned from her about playing/performing? What have you learned from her about “the biz”?

Nia: When I first saw Sam play drums, I was dumbfounded! I was watching her play with her band Chelsea Girls, and it was as if there was thunder and lightning coming from the back of the stage! She is an incredible inspiration, and I am honored to have her as my mentor. The great thing about having Sam as our manager is that she’s been up against all of the things we’ll encounter being female musicians. She tells us stories about combating people’s lowered expectations of girls in bands, and the criticism we can expect. She is a rock to our roll! HA!

You’ve already opened for The Smashing Pumpkins, played The Sunset Strip Music Festival, and are now opening for Camp Freddy. How are you adjusting to your new found fame? What’s been the biggest thrill/surprise?

Miranda: I can’t feel what you call “fame” really. Not yet, anyway. It’s been a great journey so far, but we are still hard at work trying to get our music out there and heard all across the world. It’s not like we’re off vacationing or chilling out. It’s funny, the moment we met Billy Corgan, you would think we would have all been sitting around drinking tea and having fun. But we literally spent two minutes getting to know each other and then the rest of the time talking about music, gear and how to make bigger sounds with our guitars. Our version of thrill is talking shop with some of the greatest!

Who is your biggest musical influence? What are you currently listening to?

Rena: I love Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, My Chemical Romance, all big huge influences right now. As far as bass players, I love watching Tony Levin play live. I watch his shows with Peter Gabriel over and over because he gives off this great energy when he’s playing. He has such a presence and he plays like a god!

What’s the best part about being in an all girl band? What’s the worst part?

Julia: The friendship, the bond we have formed… knowing what the other girls are thinking. I can’t think of a bad part.

Nia: Yeah, we’ve been through a lot, and we’re all wearing the same scars. We’re in this together, and that’s a great feeling; to rock out with your best friends under the lights!

Miranda: I’d have to say the bond too. We finish each other’s sentences, and each other’s guitar lines!

Rena: I don’t know about you guys, but I’m just looking forward to being in a big rock band so I can meet Leonardo DiCaprio.

Doors for Cherri Bomb/Camp Freddy open at 8:00 p.m. For more info on the band check out www.cherribombband.com