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

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Teen rock machine Cherri Bomb are living the dream. The L.A. combo received featured placement in magazines like Kerrang! and Alternative Press even though they haven’t even released their debut album yet. That’s the kind of heat most bands would kill for.

Managed by Samantha Maloney, the former drummer of bands like Mötley Crüe, Shift and Hole, Cherri Bomb will finally be dropping This Is the End of Control, their first album, in May.

To help celebrate the release, Noisecreep asked each member of Cherri Bomb to take part in our ongoing ‘Five Albums That Changed My Life’ series. For the entire week, we’ve been posting a list from each member of the band. Today, we bring you bassist Rena Lovelis’ list. As a bonus, you can also check out a video diary she recently posted on Vevo.

Check out Rena’s list and Cherri Bomb’s kickass version of Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender” below!

Smells Like Children, Marilyn Manson (1995)

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“Marilyn Manson has been a musical nourishment in my life. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been singing “The Dope Show” and his cover of “Sweet Dreams”. The most intriguing thing about Marilyn Manson and this album is his unabashed vocal emotional deliverance. You don’t have time to think about the songs or where he’s taking you… from the moment he opens his mouth you are on the ride with him. I love the fact that this album brings me to a creative place and makes me feel like writing, singing, and smashing things up.”

L.A. Woman, The Doors (1971)

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“The Doors and Jim Morrison are absolutely incredible at integrating different musical genres into their songs. Although I obviously did not live in their era, I can’t help but feel the time they were living in when I listen to this album. I feel as if I connect with the lyrical poetry and honesty Jim brings to everything he does. Whether he’s singing it, whispering it, or screaming it at the top of his lungs, L.A. Woman is a platform that I hope to reach one day on my own as a musician and lyricist.”

Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette (1995)

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“Besides loving the music and melodies and lyrics, there is something so great about the boundaries Alanis pushed past in releasing this album. You feel as if you’ve been pulled into her journal and given a special glance of her life, her feelings, and the future she’s carving out for herself. As a woman, she is a great artist to learn from about the healing process of being creative and expressive. She does not hold back, and this has been one of the most mesmerizing things about this album. I never doubt who she is, what her insecurities are, or what her strengths are. I absolutely love this album.”

Balls Out - Steel Panther (2011)

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“What really needs to be explained about loving this band and this album? Between Satchel’s ridiculously epic guitar playing (he’s a show-off), Michael’s vocal insanity, sexy Lexxi’s good looks (you can hear it oozing through your speakers), and Stix Zadinia’s thunderous drumming, there is NO way you can’t like this album. Go listen to it. If it doesn’t make you double over in laughter and amaze you with their talents, you need to see a doctor. Fast.”

A Night at the OperaQueen (1975)

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“A Night at the Opera is an undeniably incredible journey. I love the fact that within this album, so many different instruments are used to orchestrate and fill up the musical space. I think Freddie Mercury’s vocals are the best of all-time. My dad used to play this album all the time when I was little and it’s how I learned harmonies and how to put your emotions into what you’re singing.”

Watch Cherri Bomb’s “The Pretender” Peformance


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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