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Dublin quartet The Cast Of Cheers have been knocking around for a while now and things are coming together for the release of their first proper album in the summer. A clutch of UK shows supporting Blood Red Shoes should help ensure their tunes reach a wider audience and judging by this new single they could pick up a few more fans along the way, as 'Animals' is an amalgamation of many of the 'quirky' alternative guitar bands that have achieved crossover success in recent years. Although 'Animals' doesn't entirely rely on direct imitation and an eye for bandwagon jumping, it does mix and match from many other artists.
If you could take the afro-tinged indie-pop of Little Comets and Vampire Weekend, the electro/math/pop of Foals or Metronomy, the jerky, hectic indie of The Futureheads or Maximo Park and the experimental alt-rock of TV On The Radio or Maps & Atlases, smash them all up into tiny pieces and then try and rearrange the fragments into a new band it would probably sound a bit like this. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but with so many borrowed ideas thrown into the melting pot it ends up being a decent and fairly interesting listen without really capturing the imagination. Nice enough but not overly memorable.
The Cast Of Cheers' website
'Animals' will be available on April 23rd from here
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