As soon as I saw the assignment for my next album, the first thing that popped into my mind was “where everybody knows your name”. Unfortunately, this wasn’t an album from Sam and the gang, but what I found from this frenetic purveyor of math-rock was a band that didn’t quit and is really good at making you bob your head and go nuts. The Cast of Cheers with their new album “Family” have hidden too long in the shadows with their second full-length album and first for a major label. In fact, I am just going to come out and say that I really like this band. They are refreshing, bold, lyrically sound, and have some really creative videos that I think will soon catapult them to that next level (which I am not really sure why they aren’t there yet).
The band plays their instruments with fervor and a kinetic energy that makes you think they will die if they stop playing. Connor Adam’s singing creates resonance and has this echo that meshes well with the fast-paced music they play and which continually keeps the listener on their toes while they jump and move around with no method to it at all. And if that isn’t enough, their lyrics prove their music true with lines such as, “Woke up in the western world as a western child and I can’t find God” and “I will need another home, I will need another family”. When you first listen to them, if you hear a little Bloc Party or Vampire Weekend then you won’t be alone because that is exactly what I first thought when I heard them, which makes sense considering they are from across the pond.
Family is another stellar turn-out from The Cast of Cheers effectively proving that the move to a bigger studio greatly enhances instead of detracts from their talent and brilliance. The album is full of fun music that I hope you will listen to because I know I was glad when I did and I know you will be too.