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No Ifs, Ands Or Dogs by Cheer-Accident

Cheer-Accident employs guest artists to chip in on selected tracks.  And they proclaim pop sensibilities with futuristic overtones, where the 60s and 70s are merged into the present.  With injections of classic hard rock and Beach Boys type three-part harmonies, the ensemble morphs serious-minded prog-rock into the big picture to complement the pumping rhythms; off-kilter grooves, and polytonal electronics treatments.

They assimilate mini-motifs from the fabled, 70s British Canterbury rock movement, yet combine the requisite abstracts, complete with horns choruses, and cartoon-like interludes.  A major differentiator between many of the austere rock entities is that Cheer-Accident often encapsulates its design with memorable hooks.  In these instances, the sustainable qualities become quite prominent.  And they frequently lash out with tricky time signatures amid Jeff Libersher's crunching guitar voicings and D. Bayne's artful synth and keys work.

The program features brief vignette works that abet the overall storyline, complete with unorthodox variants and impressionistic group interplay. Moreover, remembrances of King Crimson come to fruition on "Salad Dies," due to Libersher's ominously crafted Robert Fripp style guitar vamp, nicely accelerated by Thymme Jones' complex drum patterns and offbeat accents, which may be nods to Crimson drumming great, Bill Bruford.

In sum, previewing this album was akin to falling in love on the first date.  And the qualitative aspects loom larger on subsequent spins.  They're a tenacious bunch, armed with a creative spark that goes well above and beyond the call of duty, especially when we consider the scope of similar products that simply fall into the, been there, done that, category.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Cheer-Accident
  • CD Title: No Ifs, Ands Or Dogs
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Year Released: 2011
  • Record Label: Cuneiform Records
  • Musicians: Thymme Jones (vocals, keyboards, brass, synth, drums), Carmen Armillas (vocals), Alex Perkolup (vocals, bass, guitar), D. Bayne (keyboards, trombone) and Jeff Libersher (vocals, guitar, keys, trumpet, bass), with able assists from Andrea Faught (vocals, keys), and Lise Gilly (saxophones)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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