Release Date: Jul 23, 2012
Record label: Schoolboy Error
Back in 2010, when we were awash with chillwave’s lackluster trickle, how refreshing it was to have a band like The Cast of Cheers. Formed from the ashes of ABAM, the Irish four-piece’s debut Chariot smashed through the haze at breakneck force with its Foals/Battles-indebted blend of ferocious math-rock. With their contemporaries losing themselves in a fug of blissed out dreaminess, the LP ensured a quick rise for these four lads from Dublin.
The Cast Of Cheers might just be the perfect band for 2012. A smattering of Everything Everything and hints of BBC, The Maccabees and Two Door Cinema Club sit alongside each other in this Dublin quartet’s DNA. But let’s get one thing straight: The Libs/Strokes/White Stripes they are not. This is drivetime indie, tailor-made to assuredly build its way to the top of a festival slot via good old-fashioned hard work, ‘radio support’ and a few thousand canny TV placements.
Sure, they have one of the best band names of their era, but you can only coast on that kind of thing for so long. Fortunately, the Cast of Cheers also happen to have an abundance of actual talent to go along with their crafty moniker. The young Irish band's D.I.Y. debut effort, Chariot, entered the world as a free Bandcamp download that earned the group plenty of attention from both indie pop fans and the music world.
It’s got catchy choruses and rousing hooks, but originality’s gone AWOL on this debut. Mike Diver 2012 If familiarity can easily breed contempt, Dublin four-piece The Cast of Cheers must have braced for an overwhelming onslaught of scorn when readying this debut collection. Family doesn’t simply borrow from its makers’ math-rock forerunners; it robs them blind, delivering songs that are more Foals-ian than the Oxford five-piece themselves.