Cherry Cola

Max Timander says he's not yet sick of articles focusing on how young he is, so let's start there. Only a year after his high school band, Stereo Confession, cracked our 2014 Picked to Click list, the barely legal singer and guitarist brought Cherry Cola, his solo moniker, out of the shadows. It's not every day you see a teenager with that kind of drive and passion for anything besides getting high.

The 18-year-old Timander, fresh out of high school and still living with his parents, is ruthless in his pursuit to make music his life. When he spoke with City Pages last week, he was still shaking and giddy with adrenalin and three Red Bulls after playing two shows in the same night. And he has no interest in stopping there. "I definitely want to be touring the world," Timander says. "That's been the dream since day one, since I picked up a guitar, and that's the dream now."

Cherry Cola is filled out by Stephanie Murck (guitar), Blythe Colvin (bass), and drummer Danielle Cusack of Bruise Violet. Reminiscent of the Ramones, later Pixies, and early Weezer ("[Cherry Cola is] the end result of listening to Pinkerton 24/7 throughout high school," Max jokes), the band carries the punk ethos and teenage energy that sparked so much interest in Timander's former project. But this new group is pushing past the boundaries of fast tempos and don't-give-a-shit rock. Timander is intent on not limiting the stylistic scope of Cherry Cola. "I feel like my songwriting has matured a lot," he says. "I'm being more honest in my songwriting, whereas Stereo Confession was more, 'the beach, the sun, school, fuck this, fuck that.' I'm being more open."

As Cherry Cola prepares to record an EP with Jordan Bleau of Frankie Teardrop for No Problem Records, the group's fledgling maturity is integral to the band's identity and sound. "I think mature music is when someone finds what works best for them," Timander says. "It doesn't necessarily mean that you're writing about the most mature things. Maturity is being able to write your actual feelings down onto a piece of paper." Out of the mouths of babes. [City Pages Picked To Click 2015]

Past Shows


May
21
st
2016
Indeed Brewery
May
21
st
2016
Indeed Brewery

WHIRLYGIG 2016

with The Black-eyed Snakes, BLOODNSTUFF, The Blind Shake and more!
Apr
6
th
2016
Turf Club
Apr
6
th
2016
Turf Club

Har Mar Superstar

with Invisible Boy and Cherry Cola
Mar
30
th
2016
7th St Entry
Mar
30
th
2016
7th St Entry

Skating Polly

with Catbath, Cherry Cola and Bruise Violet
Mar
17
th
2016
Turf Club
Mar
17
th
2016
Turf Club

Dillinger Four

with NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND, Bug Fix and Cherry Cola
Feb
26
th
2016
7th St Entry
Feb
26
th
2016
7th St Entry

Cherry Cola and Radkey

with NAÏVE SENSE, Ripper and DJ BVCKWOODS
Feb
5
th
2016
Clyde Iron Works
Feb
5
th
2016
Clyde Iron Works

Hippo Campus

with Cherry Cola
Jan
11
th
2016
7th St Entry
Jan
11
th
2016
7th St Entry

Burn Fetish and Show Me The Body

with Cherry Cola, BLOOD COOKIE and Psymun
Dec
31
st
2015
7th St Entry
Dec
31
st
2015
7th St Entry

Kill The Vultures, the Cloak Ox, Greg Grease and more!

New Year's Eve in the 7th St Entry
Nov
5
th
2015
7th St Entry
Nov
5
th
2015
7th St Entry

Wand

with Cherry Cola and Bug Fix
Oct
3
rd
2015
7th St Entry
Oct
3
rd
2015
7th St Entry

NANCY'S RAYGUN

with France Camp, Bruise Violet and Cherry Cola

More Shows

Oct
10
th
The Theater at Xcel Energy Center

Tame Impala

with Perfume Genius
Apr
6
th
First Avenue
Sold Out

MINISTRY

with KMFDM and Front Line Assembly
Jan
28
th
Live Stream

Out of the Depths Winter Stories

Apr
12
th
The Fitzgerald Theater
postponed

Sibling Rivalry

with Bob The Drag Queen and Monét X Change