Live Review:The Cast Of Cheers (Hot Press)

22 11 2012

Here’s a reprint of a live review that ran in Hot Press a while back, duuuuudes.


The Limelight 2, Belfast

With the world outside the newly named Limelight 2 currently looking like something from one of bearded boatman Noah’s worst nightmares, the scene inside the venue prior to the Cast Of Cheers’ final show of their Irish tour is definitely more appealing, with the modest crowd in attendance all excited to see the quartet unleash their very own day of (math) rockening. Yes readers, the crowd tonight may be wetter than a 15year old’s love letter, but as soon as the Dublin band kick start their set with ‘Human Elevator’ the soggy masses are warmed up and raring to go thanks to an ace hook, some punchy riffs and the all-conquering sound of a band who are as tight as Mrs Doyle’s knickers.


Currently touring in support of their second record Family, the Cast Of Cheers have been living something of a Cinderella story for the last couple of years and this evening’s performance sees them on world beating form as a result. The jerky, effervescent ‘Goose’ fizzes with frenetic fretting and playground-esque melodies, while recent single ‘Animals,’ which elicits a huge cheer from the crowd, is pure indie pop at its finest and is performed immaculately.


Speaking of the crowd, it would seem that the Cast Of Cheers’ fusion of Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Bloc Party and Belfast’s dearly departed We Are Knives has attracted a youthful following tonight, prompting frontman Conor Adams to playfully ask them if they’ve school the next day. “Hey I’m not knocking school, school’s cool,” he offers, before launching into the spiraling opening riff of ‘Derp’ from their 2010 self-released break-through record Chariot.


Gig highlight has to be the galloping ‘I Am Lion’ which boasts spectral, echoing guitars and a decidedly Dr Who-like bassline and afterwards the band’s tour manager brings a wee chocolate cake bedecked with candles onstage and presents it to Conor as it’s his birthday today. “I can’t think of a better place to spend today than Belfast,” he offers as the audience sings ‘Happy Birthday.’ Bless.


Signing off with ‘Marso Sava,’ the samba-ified song concludes with a percussive freak-out that hints towards a very interesting future for the band and as they say their final goodbyes it feels like the Cast Of Cheers are only just getting started.


News From The North Week 111 (Hot Press)

22 10 2012

Here’s a reprint of my NI music news column that runs every fortnight in Hot Press. Yes, there’s a back-log of these.Sozzles!


Words: Edwin McFee

By the time you get your grubby little hands on this latest issue, NI’s favourite sons Therapy? will have just finished unleashing their very own day of rockening at the Tall Ships in Dublin. Now, if you read that last sentence and are currently lamenting your decision not to visit Ireland’s capital to see the trio unleash hell itself in the form of barbed riffs and songs about James Joyce doing dirty things with Andy Cairns’ sister, then fret no more faithful readers, as it has literally just been announced at the time of writing that the boys will be playing a headline show in Belfast at the Empire Music Hall on October 4.


Topping the bill at the always ace Gifted Live extravaganzas, the gig will be the first time Therapy? have played in the venue since their near mythic date in 2000 and this full-on set should see airings of some of their new material from current LP A Brief Crack Of Light,so it’s shaping up to be a bit special. Also on the bill are Fighting With Wire, the Original Rudeboys, Silhouette, Jason Clarke and Robert Vincent and there will be special recorded appearances from Mojo Fury and more. Admission is a mere £10 and for more info check out See you down the front.


Next up, well thought of Bangor indie types Kowalski have bagged themselves the support slot on the Cast of Cheers’ upcoming Irish tour. Kicking off in Whelan’s, Dublin on Sep 19, the rest of the dates include Roisin Dubh, Galway (Sep 20) Dolan’s, Limerick (Sep 21), the Forum, Waterford (Sep 22), the Pavilion, Cork (Sep 23) and the Limelight, Belfast (Sep 24). The band will also be joining Two Door Cinema Club for seven dates on their European tour this November and for a full run down check out


The organisers behind the immense Belfast Culture Night have revealed some details on this year’s shin-dig (which takes place on Sep 21). The mighty Kasper Rosa, Eatenbybears and Parachutes Over Paris all play a sure to incendiary show at the Black Box in the city and to keep updated on the event visit


Finally this fortnight, news has just broken that the Answer have inked a deal with Napalm Records. Yes folks, the legendary home of all things loud and lairy now have Cormac and the boys in their stable and in a group statement they said:


“We’re very excited to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to get started. 2013 belongs to THE ANSWER…you heard it here first!”