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Indie Spotlight: Cherie Currie and Brie Darling, Jesse Malin and others

Cherie Currie and Brie Darling are a worthy duo, each of whom possesses a formidable career all their own. Currie, of course, was a founder of the influential girl group The Runaways before pairing up with her identical sister Marie in a short-lived combo. Darling is a world renown drummer and percussionist whose resume includes stints with Ringo Starr, Glen Campbell, Jimmy Buffett, Carole King and literally dozens of others. It’s only natural then that their debut effort, The Motivator, should offer homage to the songs that provided them with their initial inspiration. Consequently, we get their reads on a mostly familiar batch — “Gimme Shelter” by the Stones, John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth,” The Kinks’ “Do It Again,” The Youngblood’s “Get Together,” the Hollies’ “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” etc. To their credit, the women don’t opt for note for note replication, but instead, inject their own musical musings into the mix. Happily though, there’s enough familiarity to keep the connection intact. It’s a curious concoction, but one that’s decidedly strong.