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New Release Announced!

After 20 years Angels VS Aliens release follow up album 7 of Science.

Pre-order the new five track EP (with bonus demos) and get KittyPurr today.

1. The Winged Fist
2. KittyPurr
3. October
4. A Hero's Homecoming
5. January Waits

+ demo versions of each song

Jeff Roop – songs, vocals, guitars, bass, drum programming
PJ Sykes – backup vocals, drum programming

Release Date: 11/1/19

Cover image is panel 23 from The Book of Urizen (1815) by William Blake
Used by permission courtesy of Octavo Corp and the Library of Congress

Recorded by Jeff Roop at Bat’s Belfry in St Louis, MO

Mixed by PJ Sykes at Cherub Hill in Richmond, VA

Mastered by Josh Quarles at Q Sound Richmond, VA

For Bayne.

Pre-order from Cherub Records

New Release Now Available!

Stream The Colloquial Orchestra Live at Bandito's digital album and film here:
Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Tidal
Watch the Live at Bandito's film online


The Colloquial Orchestra is an experimental improvised music ensemble founded by Dave Watkins in 2009 as an excuse to be in a band with his favorite RVA musicians. The project returned to the stage after a five year hiatus on March 10th of this year. This is the document of that experience.

Live at Bandito's features Elizabeth OwensMicah BarryPJ Sykes and Dave Watkins creating music live on four homemade dulcitars, designed and built by Dave himself, with percussion and electronics.

An accompanying film was produced and edited by PJ Sykes with footage shot by Alec Milton and Emmaline Terry. A special pre-release screening will be held at The Camel on May 15th. The film will be released online in conjunction with the live recording. 

Pre-order Live At Bandito's from Bandcamp.

screen shot from the Live At Bandito’s film

screen shot from the Live At Bandito’s film

The Colloquial Orchestra are back after a five year hiatus!

L to R: Micah Barry, Dave Watkins, Elizabeth Owens, PJ Sykes, Thumperor (Jon Hawkins)

L to R: Micah Barry, Dave Watkins, Elizabeth Owens, PJ Sykes, Thumperor (Jon Hawkins)

TLVS “A Bloodless Correction” a short film by PJ Sykes

A few years ago Matt Farley trolled PJ by releasing the song “PJ Sykes Make Music” after PJ tweeted about discovering The Philadelphia Sports Band. But it wasn’t until Jandek (one of Matt’s favorite cult heroes) hired PJ to play guitar that the two became internet friends. Since then PJ has become a regular guest on The Motern Media Infomercial Podcast.

Back in August PJ accepted The Motern Media Infomercial Podcast cover song challenge by choosing to reinvent the classic song “Cult Status” by The Passionate & Objective Jokerfan with added lyrics and in his own musical style. Until now PJ's version was only available in the cover song episode
“Cult Status” will be available for free on Bandcamp and streaming services on October 31st.

Happy Halloween!



October 27th - TLVS - Norfolk, VA

LAVA Presents:
You’re Jovian (Album Release)
Long Division
Berries (performing original music and hits from The Cure)
The Late Virginia Summers

Tickets Advance: $8 / Day of Show: $12
Doors: 6 PM / Music: 7 PM
Costumes encouraged!

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September 22nd - Final Gravity 3rd Anniversary Party (DJs PJ Sykes & Melissa Koch) - Richmond, VA

Final Gravity Brewing Co. is turning 3 and we're excited to celebrate with you all! We'll again be taking over the large parking lot out back and filling it with amazing food from Pizza Nostra RVA, Charm City Crab Cakes, & Gaucho, a plethora of amazing guest taps from local and regional breweries, special Final Gravity Anniversary brews, tunes by DJs PJ Sykes and Melissa Koch, live music by East of Afton, and special anniversary merchandise.

Guest Taps:
The Answer Brewpub: Paddle Breaker Imperial Stout
Ardent: Festbier 
The Veil Brewing Co.: Sleeping Forever Imperial Stout, Yella Lambz Lemonade Sour, and Dissect Me DIPA
Red Dragon Brewery: X to the Next DIPA (collab with FG remix)
Precarious Beer Project: Fortune & Glory Bohemian Pilsner and Nowheresville Watermelon, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Thai Chili Gose
Aslin Beer Company: A Small Town in Ontario IPA
Equilibrium Brewery: MC2 DIPA and Vulgar Display of Flowers DIPA
American Solera: Goodberry Farmhouse Ale
Triple Crossing Beer: The Grid DIPA
Benchtop Brewing Company: Gongwater IPA and Diamond Star Halo DIPA (Final Gravity collab)
Ocelot: Space Cadet IPA
Oxbow: Italo Disco Foudre Aged Farmhouse Ale

August 10 -VINYL GRAVITY (PJ Sykes & Melissa Koch) - Richmond, VA

DJ Melissa Koch and DJ PJ Sykes return to the tap room to melt some records in the style of this hazy, humid season. Grab a cold beer, dab your forehead, and sink into the swelter of psych, dream pop, R&B, and other things perfect for late summer listening.


July 28 - Hoax Hunters (last show!) - Swarthmore, PA

w/ Catriona Sturton, Old Arrows, Aspect Ratio (2nd show)


July 21 - Hoax Hunters (last RVA show!) - Richmond, VA

1pm at Plan 9 Music in Carytown. 


New 26 track CD compiling six Hoax Hunters releases plus a bonus song. Includes the new Dormant EP before it's available on streaming services! 

Order your copy here or buy it locally at Plan 9 in Richmond

Cover photo by Jake Cunningham. Package and live photos by Jacin Buchanan and Melissa Koch. 

On this release Hoax Hunters are: PJ Sykes, Ben Nicastro, Greg Garner, Catriona Sturton, Lance Koehler, Jeff Roop, The PerSisters, Marty Key, Anousheh, James O'Neill, Tim Falen, and Dave Watkins.


podcasting selfie

podcasting selfie

Ampheta'zine podcast American Trash interviewed PJ Sykes about getting involved in politics, photographing bands, and more! 

You'll also hear the exclusive debut of the new Hoax Hunters song "Teenage Message" featuring Catriona Sturton on harmonica.

Listen on iTunes

Listen online

Hear the brand new Hoax Hunters single "Do U Remember?" on WRIR's River City Limits with Fontaine. The song starts around the 21min mark, but we highly encourage you to listen to the full show. Lots of great Richmond music and an interview with PJ Sykes.

WRIR selfie

WRIR selfie

Hoax Hunters follow up their pointed political single SAD! with an EP about art. The three songs triangulate the theme of “art matters” via Russian and American scientists sending messages into space, getting to know someone through music and books, and exploring the work of surrealist artists. At first this may not seem like the type of music you would expect from a band like Hoax Hunters a year into the Trump era, but without art we don’t exist. 

On this recording Hoax Hunters are PJ Sykes, Ben Nicastro, Greg Garner and featuring Ottawa, Ontario–based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Catriona Sturton on harmonica.

Pre order Dormant from Bandcamp


The band has two shows scheduled and plans to go on indefinite hiatus after this summer.

July 21 - Plan 9 - Richmond, VA

July 28 - War3house3 - Swarthmore, PA



April 21 - DJs PJ Sykes & Melissa Koch - Plan 9


Record Store Day is only a couple weeks away! On Saturday, April 21st, we'll be celebrating alongside other independent record shops around the world with tons of limited releases, giveaways & live performances! Also, we'll be putting out a massive used LP collection in the AM! Here's a list of exclusive titles being released on Saturday: https://bit.ly/2HdZfNF

We'll be raffling off an Audio-Technica turntable/powered speaker setup with the proceeds going to Friends of Side by Side. Of course, we'll have plenty of in-store giveaways throughout the day including tickets to a myriad of shows at Strange Matter, The National, The Broadberry + more!

For the first time, we'll have a food truck posted outside the shop! From the morning until they run out, Hollywood Cheesesteaks will be serving delicious Philly-style hoagies aptly named after fictional celebrity figures. They've got bad-ass vegan options too! Give us a call to see what new & used we'll be stocking. We'll throw up samples of everything online up to RSD!







April 6 - VINGL GRAVITY with PJ Sykes & Melissa Koch - Final Gravity

DJs PJ Sykes and Melissa Koch return and this time they're coming equipped with an arsenal of 80's underground and 90's indie to spin on vinyl what you used to blast out your windows from your tape deck. Revisit those days when it was cool to smoke in your dorm room and all the crazy stuff you did was never documented on Facebook. Grab a beer and return to a simpler yet angst-filled time. Damn, it was fun.


February 24 - Cagey Watts - Palani Drive

Cagey Watts are back! Ben and Greg of Hoax Hunters and Doyle Hall (Timothy Bailey & The Humans) back singer songwriter Carrie Watterworth. 8pm free (get the chicken quesadilla)


January 28 - Hoax Hunters (solo set) - The Camel

PJ will play a solo set of Hoax Hunters songs to open the show. Stick around for MyWay, The Mad Children, and Faceship. 9pm $5


January 6 - Urban Enthusiasm and Secret Bonus Level rap show - Emilio's

PJ plays guitar for the Rap Cypher live band.

Urban Enthusiasm and Secret Bonus Level, two of the finest hip hop radio programs you're liable to encounter, team up to bring you an evening of RAP music. A diverse bunch of performers from around the city and an OPEN INVITATION RAP CYPHER to end the evening.

Fan Ran, Skuzii and the Finesse Band, aarnxbrown, Frankenstein Reyes, Cosmo Black, Hanz

$7 ($10 under 21) 9pm


October 21 - Hoax Hunters - live on WRIR 3-5pm

Join Richmond's own Hoax Hunters on End of the Century's Fall Fund Drive show on WRIR 97.3 FM or wrir.org! They'll perform a couple of Hüsker Dü songs and some originals, live on the radio. Donate at (804) 622-9747 or at wrir.org to support Richmond Independent Radio!


October 21 - Tim McCready + Liza Kate - SOLD OUT

Tim McCready (aka Timothy Bailey) plays a rare live show with Liza Kate. If all goes well, look for more of these intimate shows soon. 

15 years ago PJ Sykes got in the 30 Day Warranty van and shot a linear documentary of their southern US tour. We're dropping a new part of this never before seen video each day starting July 5th on our YouTube channel. If you've ever booked your own DIY tour or ever wondered what it's like, this doc is for you. Nothing has been edited out! No spoilers but some nights were good and others not so much... enjoy! 



June 22 - Ready For The House Band (Chrissie Lozano, Gary Stevens, PJ Sykes) 

Jandek handpicked these musicians for his recent show in RVA! This one-off gig is not to be missed. w/ Amplifier on Fire, honeybrandy,  LUNAR


August 18 - Hoax Hunters (solo set) 

This will be the only Hoax Hunters gig this summer! 

RVA Dirt 1 year anniversary party:

Coalition Theater's Richmond Famous w/ Goad Gatsby, Black Liquid

Hoax Hunters contribute new song "SAD!" to Friends For Equality Volume 2

On this song Hoax Hunters are PJ Sykes and Ben Nicastro with Lance Koehler (No BS Brass Band) on drums and backup vocals by Jeff Roop (Angels VS Aliens). Featuring perSisters backup vocals recorded in Dave Brat's congressional district by Beth Bendheim, Alsúin Creighton-Preis, Cheryl Ware. The perSisters include a speech-language pathologist, a member of the local Jewish community, and a recent nationalized citizen. All three mothers are non-paid activist who didn't know each other before the election. 

Hoax Hunters are currently writing and recording their third album for Cherub Records.

Friends For Equality volume 2 was curated by Spartan Jet-Plex (aka Nancy Kells) and features 50 songs by artists form 40 different cities in 10 countries. The compilation boasts an eclectic mix of genres including punk rock, improvisation, hip hop, experimental electronic, noise, electronic music, trip hop, ambient, improv, dark ambient, psychrock, experimental, lo-fi, folk, bedroom pop, indie and prog rock.

All proceeds (minus Bandcamp and Paypal fees) will be split evenly between the Southern Poverty Law CenterACLU and Planned Parenthood. This Bandcamp was setup specifically for this fundraising opportunity. The sale begins on May 30, 2017 and will continue indefinitely. Contributions will be sent to the organizations monthly. 

Friends For Equality is a music and zine collective comprised of artists from all over the world to raise money and support social justice and civil rights organizations locally in Richmond, Virginia, USA and worldwide

PJ Sykes 5/24/17



Oh, hello! 

Welcome to the new Cherub website.

Our fifteenth birthday is this year and so we figured it was time to open up the archives. We have scanned in hundreds of photos, flyers, and ephemera from every dusty corner of Cherub history. Soon, you'll be able to throwback, flashback, or slapback any day of the week you choose! We'll also be releasing lots of videos that have been transferred from various outdated analog formats. And if that wasn't enough, we have commissioned friends to write about each of the main projects for a zine that will companion a huge digital compilation.

But first, we decided to release a very special collection of recordings by the infamous Richmond improvisational group, The Colloquial Orchestra. The group is led by musical wizard, Dave Watkins and features many familiar faces from the RVAmusic community and Cherub family. The live recordings span over four years and range in sonic texture from quiet acoustic to funky Arkestra-esk jams to thick walls of electric guitar noise. We believe this to be an interesting and important document that helps tell the evolving Richmond scene. Along with the live recordings, we have collected a handful of videos, photos and flyers which will be released at the same time.

The Colloquial Orchestra collection continues our passion for releasing live recordings, that serve as audio mile markers of our community music and arts scene. We hope you'll go back listen to Lynchburg's Wakovia Bank Robbers and RVA's Baby Help Me Forget (plus the bonus Sprout closing show recordings) to hear the bigger picture of our evolution from bedroom record label in Lynchburg, VA to tiny home office label in Richmond, VA.

Thank you,

PJ Sykes 9/6/16