Five Questions With… Cherry Pickles

Band: Cherry Pickles
Country of Origin: Brasil / England
Photo by Jessica – Rose Lena

Cherry Pickles will harden your nipples and, after listening to their most-recent release of the same name, I’m inclined to agree. The Birmingham, UK duo’s lo-fi surf-laced garage pop charm is omnipresent from the first track to the last. This international duo’s music will leave you with earworms crawling inside your head, causing you to long for a visit to the soda fountain (to get a spiked soda, of course) with your friends.

Cherry Pickles Will Harden Your Nipples was released earlier this year and the band is already getting ready to record their next album in Sweden (where their label, Pnkslm, is based).

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

Priscila: Probably Os Mutantes by Os Mutantes.

Mimi: The B-52s’ self titled album. If I was literally stuck on a desert island, I think it would provide the perfect backdrop while I scavenged around trying to create some piña coladas.

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

We don’t remember, but we think it was in a pub’s bathroom.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

Priscila: I haven’t lived in Brasil for a few years now. But my home city, Brasilia, has hardly any underground scene, despite the fact that is the capital of Brasil and it’s populated by the children of the government, who should wanna rebel and play punk music. The rest of Brasil, tho, has a really good thriving underground scene for all kinds of genres.

Mimi: I’m looking forward to touring around the UK to discover more of the underground scene all over the country. In Birmingham though I’m loving the local bands The Cosmics, Brain Food & Cave Girl at the moment.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

Priscila: John waters movies, stop motion and puppets movies, outsider art and cats Instagrams.

Mimi: I find it hard to separate music from anything else because it’s such a driving force for creativity. Vivienne Westwood has always been a personal hero and she was completely entwined with the whole UK punk scene, so I love it when different arts inspire one another.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

Priscila: We’ve supported great artists before, like Ian Svenonius and Calvin Johnson, but I particularly loved this one we played at SXSW in a backyard on a tiny stage, for about 4 people. In the crowd there was one cowboy, one guy in a space suit and our two bosses from Pnkslm, Luke and Joel.


Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.