A great name, catchy songs and instant acclaim has made four-piece The Cast Of Cheers a band you will be hearing much more of in 2010. In early February, the band quietly released their debut album Chariot for free download on Bandcamp.com. Less than a week later, they had received attention from music blogs like Nialler9, Ragged Words and The Irish Times with many exclaiming, they will be your new favourite band.
The title of the record Chariot, is indicative of both their music and the pace at which the band have set themselves. A fully-formed 33-minute blast of post-punk, looping rock riffs and tightly-wound songs, it has lodged itself firmly in the mind of all that have heard it. Think a mix of Battles, Foals and Death From Above 1979 where danceable repetition fights with heavy rock drums, big bass sounds and intricate guitar work.
The four members of The Cast Of Cheers have previously been involved in bands such as Abam, Jukebox Hymn, and Lazybug. The band's lead singer and guitarist Conor Adams wrote the album in his attic at home before getting together with drummer Kev and bassist John to play the songs in Kev's sooundproof shed. The album was recorded with Mick Richards from October to December 2009 in Blanchardstown, Dublin and was mixed by January 2010. Conor's brother Neil joined the band on guitar shortly afterwards.
The band wasted no time getting the record out to people in February and the reaction has been overwhelming since. Within three weeks of release, the band played their first ever live show to a clearly burgeoning yet already hugely enthusiastic fanbase and already have their sights set on more shows in Ireland, the UK, Europe and Japan.
Lyrically, Chariot deals with themes of heartbreak and an end of the world dystopia. Conor was listening to the likes of Bloc Party, Justice, Thingy and Ireland's increasingly vital alternative scene with bands like Adebisi Shank and The Vinny Club while writing the album. He was also inspired by post-apocalyptic games like Left For Dead 2 and Half Life 2 and similarly-themed books like Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Max Brooks' World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War in addition to works by the author Haruki Murakami.
The Cast Of Cheers have already set a galloping pace in the first few months of 2010 and look set to become the new favourite band of many more if they continue at such a blistering speed.