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Don't Feel Like Danson
Their first gig was just four weeks ago and they’re barely together five months, so why is it so important you hear The Cast Of Cheers? Celina Murphy meets the Dublin foursome whose unconventional route makes them the most exciting new things in Irish rock.
Celina Murphy, 07 Apr 2010
“It’s all been super fast, super crazy,” bassist John Higgins beams.
Pieced together from the remnants of ‘math-rock’ outfit ABAM, vocalist and guitarist Conor Adams regrets that the story of The Cast of Cheers’ formation is rather hazy.
“We were dead drunk at a party in Christchurch on the roof of an apartment, all of which I actually had to be reminded of later by Kev (drummer Kevin Curran). He told me, ‘You said you wanted to do another band,’ and I was like ‘Did I? All right then…’”
“Within a month we had the songs, we first jammed in October and by the end of October we were in the studio. We had six songs and we just kind of winged it. We said ‘By the time we’re at the end of recording, surely we’ll have written another few songs,’ which luckily we did!”
The resulting album, Chariot, which has been released online through free download, has gained the Dublin-based foursome enormous success. It’s racked up over 1,000 downloads in just two weeks. Not too shabby for a band with only three gigs under their belt. So, why the decision to go free?
“Because we were unknown it just made sense,” Higgins explains. “It came about so fast that we just wanted to get it out there. We’d heard about (music publishing website) Bandcamp through a friend and had plans for it to be a limited time only download. Then we thought we’d whop it up. Adebisi Shank posted about it on their Facebook and that kind of started the ball rolling.”
‘There’s so much procrastination with bands and we’ve been through all that before with other bands, sitting on a recording and waiting to do an album launch. It’s the best decision I think we’ve made as a band.”
“It’s funny,” Adams chimes in, “because people actually downloading it and listening to it made it the best decision. The fact that it picked up just made it the best idea ever. We thought best case scenario this would happen, but we didn’t actually think it would.”
Currently being blogged and tweeted like the news of a cheating celebrity husband, Chariot combines the most ferocious elements of the likes of Foals and White Denim with unrestrained vocals and breakneck riffs. In short, no bullshit.