Gig Review... The Cast Of Cheers @ The Cockpit Room 2, Leeds, 29th February 2012

Unfortunately for The Cast of Cheers, it seemed majority of the Leeds crowd were there for the blog favourites Theme Park, as a number of people exited before the second set had even begun. Nevertheless, this was a considerable point in The Cast of Cheers’ journey. After going into hibernation, with which they filled with writing and recording, their return was eagerly awaited by many tonight. The mounted tension was quickly destroyed as the band hit the ground running with all guns blazing. They seem to be fond of the ‘in-your-face’ approach, with a likeness to that of Pulled Apart By Horses, while their sound is Foals-esque. They have obvious confidence in their new material, playing only 3 songs from their d├ębut LP. Upon listening to the unfamiliar it arises as neither a problem nor a surprise.

Opener ‘Trucks At Night’ sets the standard with a barrage of loud beats, technical guitars and powerful bass. They show off a charming onstage confidence that’s sure to win over even the most difficult gig-goer. Despite the decrease in audience size, the band made the dark and dreary Cockpit their own by filling the whole room with dramatic, hard-hitting drums and fast-paced riffs. They play so fast and have such gifted technical musicianship, that a small minority of the crowd (although slightly inebriated) break off into a spontaneous dance. New single ‘Family’ and the well-received ‘Human Elevator’ display frantic vocals that cue madness. This madness diffuses in the form of dynamic flailing of limbs from all members of the band, which push their super-fast dancing skills to the limit.

The Cast of Cheers’ music seems to talk to itself. The guitars sound like robots having a chat to each other, and the loop backs with quick-fire lyrics only add to the pace. The gig went on like a bleep test: persistently increasing in speed. But the band kept up, raising the bar with every song. ‘Goose’ gains cheers from the crowd as it begins, and certainly does not disappoint. The repetitive nature of the song helps even newcomers to begin muttering the lyrics. At times, lead vocalist Conor fires out such quick and loud lyrics that even he finds it to hard to take a breath. The night comes to a close with the well-known ‘Auricom’, leaving a momentous mark. A mark that is profound. A mark representing determination and desire. But most importantly a mark that shows potential.

The Cast of Cheers played:
Trucks At Night
Building Blocks
Human Elevator
I Am Lion
Pose Mit

Written by - Richard Maver