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Five Albums That Changed My Life: Nia Lovelis of Cherri Bomb

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All this week Noisecreep has been celebrating the upcoming release of Cherri Bomb‘s This Is the End of Control, their debut album. For those of you who might not be familiar with the Los Angeles rockers yet, the band plays a melodic and tough brand of hard rock that brings to mind bands like Stone Temple Pilots and Foo Fighters.

With the release of This Is the End of Control right around the corner, Noisecreep asked each member of Cherri Bomb to take part in our ongoing ‘Five Albums That Changed My Life’ series. Today, we bring you drummer Nia Lovelis’ list. As a bonus, you can also check out a video diary she recently posted on Vevo.

Check out Nia’s list and video diary below. By the way, she cheated.

Mer de Noms, A Perfect Circle (2000)

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“Maynard Keenan and Billy Howerdel have to be my favorite songwriter team of all time. This album is timeless in my music library. I can put it on and never get tired of listening to the stories they tell with the guitars, vocals and lyrics. This was also the first album I listened to where the drums took me away from it all, and inspired me to work hard on becoming a better drummer in expressing myself emotionally through percussion. Josh Freese narrates in his own way, the emotions he’s feeling during the songs, and it makes my heart beat a little faster than normal riding the rhythms he’s painted on Mer de Noms.”

All That Could Have Been/The Slip, Nine Inch Nails (2002, 2008)

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“It was difficult for me to pick one album by Nine Inch Nails… so I chose the two that have been branded on my soul. I’ve been listening to Trent Reznor’s voice from the time I was born. My mom says she used to play The Downward Spiral all the time while I was in a womb. There’s something so incredible about the passion in his voice, the production and his lyrics. Every part of these albums conjures up an emotion. You’re not really sure if you’re feeling his experiences through the music or if the songs are drumming up memories of your own that you’re haven’t been able to look at closely. The journey he takes you on is incredible and I find new things to focus on and fall in love with every time I play the songs.”

All Is Violent, All Is Bright, God Is An Astronaut (2005)

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“I found this a couple of years ago while I was editing one of my first videos. I didn’t have music to the video and I started searching new places to find something fresh and inspiring. At the time, I was really into soundscapes and textures, not just your typical song with verse, chorus, bridge chorus. I fell upon it and was intrigued by the song “Suicide By Star” and immediately fell in love with it. It shaped how I began writing songs. Their music playing in the background has been instrumental to me feeling the wave of creativity and jotting down poems and lyrics just be being moved by their album. This is obviously, still one of my all time favorites.”

Make Yourself, Incubus (1999)

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“When I was 7-years-old, we moved our whole family from New York City to Los Angeles. We drove cross country for a week, stopping in little hotels along the way visiting Elvis’ home at Graceland, the French Quarter in New Orleans, Tombstone, Arizona and so many more. As we made our way across the country, we played Incubus again and again. I remember the night stars and sky in New Mexico while Brandon’s voice was singing “I Miss You” and watching endless roads of flatlands, crops and farms while singing along to “whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there, with open arms and open eyes…” This album was the start of my journey, helping to shape me as a poet and left a lasting impression on my soul while moving from one place that was dear to me to a whole new life.”

A Crow Left of the Murder…, Incubus (2004)

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“Definitely an album that is full of great lyrics, melodies, and rhythm section awesomeness. Funny thing about this album, Rena and I used to sit in my room and play it over and over ear training ourselves to see how much of it we could figure out on our own. It was a musical bonding experience for us, and we definitely dove into new grounds uncovering the pathway of drums and bass on this album. The songs that move me the most are “Meglomaniac,” “Beware! Criminal!” and especially “Southern Girl.”"

Bonus Pick:

How Strange, Innocence, Explosions in the Sky (2005)

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“This is one of the top played albums on my iTunes. “Look Into The Air” is one of my all time favorite songs, I fall asleep to it every night. It brings me to a safe place, and haven in my mind. Or even when I’m in a bad place emotionally, it calms me and salves my worry, telling me everything will be okay.”

Watch Nia of Cherri Bomb’s Teenage Rock Diary

Cherri Bomb’s debut album, This Is the End of Control, will be out on May 15. Head over to the band’s official website for a free download of their track “Too Many Faces.”

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