Who? The Cast of Cheers are a Dublin based four piece.
The Story So Far… The guys shot to fame last year (well… internet fame) when they decided to give away their debut album (Chariot) for free via their Bandcamp site. The release was picked up on by the likes of Nialler9, SwearImNotPaul and On The Record, ensuring that they rapidly became talk of the majority of Irish blogs. The rise has been fast, as has everything about the band. Forming in October 2009, the album was finished by the start of 2010 and had landed in thousands of inboxes by the summer. Since then, it’s been pretty regular touring in order to get the name out there, while they also fared very well at the recent Digital Socket Awards, picking up Best Indie, Best Newcomer and the RTE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Music in 2010.
Sounds Like… One blogger likened the band to sounding like “Death From Above 1979 if they were trapped in a lift with Battles and Foals.” Parts of the album scream Bloc Party (on speed), while others sit them in perfectly alongside the mainstays of the Irish live scene such as Adebisi Shank, Jogging and Enemies.
Essential Tracks: ‘Goose’, ‘I Am Lion’, ‘Glitter’
What’s Next? A recent post on the band’s Facebook page claimed they were in the studio for their last day finishing vocals for album number two, while they are also set for to begin a tour previewing the record. The band’s last “Chariot-heavy” gig took place in Whelan’s on February 25th, so keep your eyes peeled for a proposed Irish and UK tour as well as release dates for album number two. From there? Well it’s all pretty fast paced so I’m guessing a handful of Grammy’s, headline slots at Oxegen and Glastonbury and world domination thereafter.