Lovelies, there’s been A LOT of activity in The Bird’s Nest this week! It feels good to get back into the swing of things, even though the holiday season is fun, it’s always great to get back into what I love – and that’s bringing you all the information I can on the bands you love today, and the ones you will love tomorrow!

I have a special treat though, the singer of PSYCHOSTICK, RAWRB (pronounced Rob) called in and we had a little chat, and while their latest song was released for the holidays, “Zombie Claus” inspired me to think what would happen if a Zombie Outbreak started during one of their festival appearances…and what they would do if they were on stage. So please keep a look out for this fun chat and digital mad lib on zombies, music festivals, and the metal comedy band PSYCHOSTICK!

In the meantime, please check out the OMV for their Christmas parody song, Zombie Claus!

Don’t forget to stay tuned for the Cherri Chats Episode at TheGauntlet.com and on our YouTube Channel!

Til Next Time – MRML – Cherri


ALEX DONTRE, drummer for acclaimed comedy-metal band PSYCHOSTICK, reveals all in his new autobiography, Dichotomies: Lessons from a College Life on Tour. A must read for any musician and / or college student, Dichotomies tells the unique story of the drummer’s simultaneous musical and academic achievements through the artist’s unique mix of humor and self-perception. The touring band life of a full-time student is full of dichotomies. From 2011-2017, Alex Dontre performed 505 concerts with his band PSYCHOSTICK while simultaneously pursuing a college education. It culminated with a master’s degree in Business Psychology from Franklin University, at which time he gave the commencement speech at his graduation as valedictorian.
Advance Praise for Dichotomies: Lessons from a College Life on Tour “A remarkable first-person odyssey of a young touring musician who artfully combines his comedy rock music performances with completing demanding, long distance, higher education studies. Dontre offers a living, often humorous, and sometimes bawdy, chronicle of memorable characters he meets on the road.”
Ray Forbes, Ph.D., Professor of Business Psychology, Franklin University “I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place and cannot decide if this book is funny or insightful. As inferred from its title, that’s probably because it is both.”
Mats E. Eriksson, Ph.D., author of Another Primordial Day, Professor of Paleontology, Lund University “This is a must-read for any potential college student who thinks that they can’t do it, whatever the reason. ‘I’m not the college type…I’m too (fill in the blank…).’ After 20 years of teaching, Alex has motivated me to work harder to be a source of motivation to my future students.”
Kristan Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Business Psychology, Franklin University, Director of HR Talent Development at Raymond James “On tour, while the rest of us were crapping, napping, fapping or gormandizing, Alex was studying and working on speeches for his degree. It doesn’t end there, then he would play a flawless set every night on the drums.”
Todd Smith, Dog Fashion Disco, Polkadot Cadaver, & Knives Out “I will never forget walking off a soundcheck to find Alex’s face lit by his laptop while working on a psychology paper. Usually the few times I have seen people whip out laptops on tour is to pay their bills, Skype with the family, or to check in with their probation officers, and not to write academic articles.”
Niklas Karvonen, Ph.D., Machinae Supremacy, CTO of Substorm “Sex, drugs, and rock and roll is a tired cliché. Alex is a perfect example of a man with concrete goals, willing to utilize technology and time management to plan for his future.”
Neil Patterson, Downtown Brown

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