Hoax Hunters

Episode 383: The Story of Cherub Records with PJ Sykes

Episode 383: The Story of Cherub Records with PJ Sykes

PJ Sykes is a man of many talents - Photographer, political activist, cat-dad, musician - these are but a few of the many hats he wears. But this week we’re talking with him about a role he’s filled for over seventeen years now - label head.

Founded in 2001, Cherub records has been the home of not just PJ’s music, but eccentric releases from the Richmond, Virginia scene and beyond. Tune in as we take a tour through his musical past with bands like Kids Techno, A New Dawn Fades, Graceland Grave Robbers, and his recently put on hiatus project, Hoax Hunters!


Episode 136: Casey Rae, CEO of Future Of Music Coalition

Episode 136: Casey Rae, CEO of Future Of Music Coalition

This week on the podcast we’re going full wonk as Kevin and Marcus Dowling sit down with Future Of Music Coalition CEO Casey Rae to try and save the music industry! With their 15th Annual Policy Summit just around the corner (October 26-27th) it was about time that Casey dropped by the basement to fill us in on the important work done by his organization, talk the literal future of music, and much, much more.

Plus! You’ve seen PJ Sykes covering Hopscotch Music Festival in our pages, now hear a brand new single from his band Hoax Hunter’s upcoming EP, Clickbait.

Put on your thinking cap, and get ready to learn everything you need to know about how to save the music industry in 90 minutes or less on Episode 136 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!


Hoax Hunters - "Smooth Control"

Hoax Hunters - "Smooth Control"

Sounds Like:

Jawbox on speed; The Hold Steady on crank; Superchunk by way of Boston, by way of Richmond; The Dambuilders, because DUH.

Why You Should Care:

If you’ve checked out our podcast earlier this year with PJ Sykes then you’d already know that he’s an ambitious guy. How ambitious? Try making a mini-documentary about covering one of your favorite artists’ songs just a few months after releasing the stellar LP Comfort & Safety ambitious. PJ and the rest of the Hoax Hunters gang (Ben Nicastro, James O’Neill) hit the studio with the blessing of revered Boston noisemakers  The Dambuilders and friends Marty Key (Ted Leo and The Pharmacists) on bass and Richmond, VA’s Anousheh on background vocals to knock out a raucous version of The Dambuilders “Smooth Control” off of their seminal 1995 release Ruby Red.


Episode 72: PJ Sykes of Hoax Hunters

Episode 72: PJ Sykes of Hoax Hunters

Continuing our unintentional extended coverage of the Richmond scene, Kevin sits down with Hoax Hunters front man and renowned concert photographer PJ SYKES to find out all there is to know about their upcoming debut, Comfort & Safety as well has his “side job” as a renowned concert photographer.

Recently tapped to be the official photographer for Merge Records 25th anniversary festival this week, PJ has built a career out of doing what he loves, and after listening to his stories, we’re betting you’ll be compelled to do the same. All that plus a Cheesy Western and a bowl with on this latest episode of ChunkyGlasses, The Podcast!