I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot from a band named the Cheeky Bastards. Some abrasively out of tune Punk played by musicians that would always be trying to ‘borrow a cig’ at best. Yet, as soon as I hit play on the first track to the Cheeky Bastards 2017 self-titled EP ‘Seine’, my prejudices were blown out of the water and I was doused in the London, UK based duo’s filthy riffs and quite frankly sexy rhythmic licks. Whilst there is a hint of the revivalist sound riddled into their unfathomably glorious style, their Alt Rock mix of sounds are as organic as they get. Their textured sound switches from furiously distorted Garage Rock to more laid-back Blues Rock within their debut album. Tracks such as ‘Trouble Maker’ show that the Cheeky Bastards have a soft side after all (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d have to write). ‘Trouble Maker’ was the type of track you’d expect Rock fans to hold up a lighter to during a live performance and was by far the best track to conclude the EP with. Now I’m left insatiable for the Cheeky Bastards next releases.
You can check out The Cheeky Bastards debut 4 track EP on Spotify, fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Cramps, Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster and Super Furry Animals won’t want to miss out on their raucously sharp rhythmic fury.
Review by Amelia Vandergast