Band Website: www.cheer-accident.com
Label: Cuneiform Records
Label Website: www.cuneiformrecords.com
Release Date: 2009
This is the 16th release in the 25 years career of the
Fear Draws Misfortune features only nine tracks, but boy, are they ever packed with music. And I mean all kinds of music. Track one “Sun Dies” [5:49] starts out with a kind of XTC riff on the guitar until some atonal trumpets are brought into the mix followed by vocals and then after about two-minutes the song morphs into a throbbing, pulsating, rumbling jumble of wonderful driving riffs. It’s totally captivating and in fact many of the tracks, the longer ones in particular are created in similar fashion. There are a number of tracks which are quite short that really tend to rock but it’s the longer pieces where Cheer-Accident shine giving their compositions a wealth of variety. The music itself is a mix of rock, played with a Frank Zappa off-kilter sensibility spiced up with a variety of proggy embellishments. Most of the tracks like “Blue Cheadle” [5:47] chug along nicely and I found myself not humming the melody so much as I was humming the catchy riffs. None of these pieces is simple, sprinkled throughout are dissonant blasts from some reed or woodwind instrument, with strange vocal chanting or almost pop-operatics. But when it all comes together the angular parts really serve to heighten the more straight-forward parts. After about the forth or fifth listen I was actually surprised at how much I’d grown to not only know the music but really enjoy the musicianship.