Locals: Cherry Chrome ready for its close-up with long-in-the-works debut EP

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

Though numerous think pieces have been written about the death of the CD and the ushering in of the digital/streaming era, some millennials still appreciate having a physical product to embrace.

"When you get a digital [release] … you can't see everything that goes into it," said Cherry Chrome singer and guitarist Xenia Bleveans-Holm, 17, who joins her drummer father David Holm and bandmates Mick Martinez (guitar, vocals) and Amina Adesiji (bass, vocals) for an EP release concert at Ace of Cups on Thursday, July 14. "After doing it ourselves, I appreciate how much work goes into, like, picking out the font. That took ussoooo long. We spent so much time looking at these fonts and trying to figure out which one would look good. It's insane."

EP recording sessions took place in September 2014, but band finances and Bleveans-Holm's perfectionist tendencies - "It's easy to get hung up on details, like, 'This word sounds wrong or this single syllable is weird and we have to go in there and change it,'" she said - delayed pressing until earlier this summer.

"I first got [the CDs] three weeks ago, whenever we played Pride. It was weird, like, 'That's my face on the CD!'" said the singer, who was also forced to confront posters sporting her visage while getting coffee at Kafe Kerouac and visiting the port-a-potties at ComFest ("I went to pee and there's my face [on the door]"). "When I first held the album, everything felt so cohesive all of a sudden, like the way the art goes with the music."

With time, guitar-driven EP cuts like "Velvet" and the surging, fuzzy "Once & Twice" have started to take on new dimensions for the singer, who views songwriting as a form open to multiple interpretations.

"Someone will be like, 'Is this what that song's about?' And I'll be like, 'I guess so. It can be,'" said Bleveans-Holm, who has essentially been playing music from birth. (Her parents, both longtime musicians, purchased her first guitar while she was still in utero - a nylon-stringed instrument the singer recently passed down to a youngster she babysits for as a means of paying it forward.) "That's one of the cool things about music - and art in general - it can take on totally different meanings for people depending on your experiences and the way you view things."

Occasionally, the meanings of songs can even be a mystery to the singer, who said she'll sometimes employ specific words because she likes "how this word feels in [my] mouth" rather than its strict dictionary definition.

"I like pronunciation and the way letters sound," she said. "I've written with words where I didn't know what it meant and it was like, 'This sounds cool.' Then I'll find out what it means and it'll be like, 'Oh, OK. I guess that actually does make sense.'"

Ace of Cups

6 p.m. Thursday,

July 14

2619 N. High St.,

Old North

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