A band that’s made many Top of 2010 lists including my own and now nominee’s of the Choice Music Prize, it’s a wonder The Cast of Cheers have come so far with little or no promotion. After all many people are still wondering where this Irish four-piece came from? And where can they get a hold of the album?
Fortunately for everyone that’s running haphazardly around looking for a copy of their own you need look no further than bandcamp.com where they’ve left their debut ‘Chariot’ up completely for free.
You’ll be hard pushed to find a negative review of this album or these guys live, they just steal the stage and your music players making you crave more of their addictive math rock style with indie-pop influences. A cross-over few would dare to try and less would succeed in achieving. The Cast of Cheers have proven time and again that they are set for big things with their catchy choruses and irresistible guitar melodies that host such a dynamic range of sound, you’re never completely sure what genre this band are trying to draw from.
Vibrant with a punkish attitude that pushes the levels of experimentalism to its limits whilst jerking it back and forth so speedily with the help of loop pedals, you can’t help but look on in awe when they take a stage.
Taking a similar direction as Battles by adding ruthlessly infectious bass lines and one of the tightest drummers to come out of Ireland, The Cast of Cheers are only complimented by Conor Adams lead vocals that are so pleasantly laced with crunchy distortion that adds and rough edges to most of their songs except when he hits back with the reverb in the likes of ‘Deceptapunk’.
You can’t say you’ve heard of The Cast of Cheers until you’ve seen them live but this act translates so well onto a record that you’ll never walk away disappointed. The swift pace and infectious offerings from songs like ‘Tip the Can’ and ‘Derp’ will have you dancing alongside many others before you can say The Cast of Cheers are my new favourite band.
These guys are the band to watch of 2011, I for one hope they continue with their groundbreaking sound that keeps me coming back for more and one can only hope for a new album. With their growing level of success why wouldn’t there be? But for now, go and find their debut ‘Chariot’ for free online here: http://thecastofcheers.bandcamp.com/ and sit back and enjoy, if they don’t have you on your feet in minutes that is. Makes you wonder why they keep on singing the line “Is there any f**king love in here?”
Note: Album can be downloaded from here (http://soundcloud.com/richtercollective/sets/the-cast-of-cheers-chariot/) and music can streamed to any site also.