The Cast of Cheers – Family (album) (School Boy Error/Cooperative Music)
Just as Two Door Cinema Club triumphantly did with their debut album ‘Tourist History’ in 2011 sending the band from anonymity to enormity, The Cast of Cheers is set to do the same with their debut long player, ‘Family’.
Following the release of their debut single of the same back in February, the Dublin four-piece have gone from strength to strength, most recently being selected for the ‘NME Presents Generation Next’ tour taking place throughout the UK in October.
‘Family’ draws influence and comparison to early Futureheads, Foals, Gang of Four and to a lesser degree, Two Door Cinema Club and Bloc Party (circa ‘Silent Alarm’). It’s in your face, exciting, high energy stuff with angular riffs (think Gang of Four and Bloc Party), odd guitar noodling, yet all the while being easily digestible and catchy as hell.
The comparison to Foals is inevitable with The Cast of Cheers combining Foals-like rhythmic guitar quirks as well as the ambient and delay-effected guitar textures heard on more recent Foals material.
Album opener, ‘Family’ is a manic affair. Clocking in at just 2:32, this little gem calls to mind early Futureheads and early Foals both musically and vocally.
Track 4 ‘Animals’ exhibits traces of Everything Everything and Vampire Weekend, ‘Goose’ and ‘Trucks At Night’ boast more of the Futureheads, Gang of Four and Foals type material, while ‘Posé Mit’ exudes Bloc Party all over.
Luckily, the album’s vitality diffuses any feelings of “heard it all before” given all the comparisons being made to other bands.
Expect big things from The Cast of Cheers and expect to hear loads of ‘Family’ inserted into TV commercials and TV shows soon.
“Family” was released on 23rd July 2012 on School Boy Error/Cooperative Music.
Watch the video for the single, ‘Family’ below: