If you want to impress your friends by saying you got in on the ground floor with Cheer-Accident via the band’s stellar new album, well, you’re only about 37 years too late. Yes, this virtually uncategorizable Chicago ensemble formed around the time the members of Animal Collective were still learning how to form full sentences about panda bears and strawberry jam. Impressively named multi-instrumentalist Thymme Jones has been Cheer-Accident’s mainstay since day one, with a revolving cast of numerous members and guests in and out over the years, though the band has had a solid core lineup for a while now.
On May 25, Skin Graft will issue Fades, which, by our guess, is Cheer-Accident’s 19th album. (This would put Jones and Co. one behind Guided By Voices in the LP department; what’s with the Midwest and hyper productivity?) Like the band’s previous albums, Fades is a dizzying and evolving array of disparate styles—psych, prog, pop, punk, post-punk (and those are just the “p”s)—that Cheer-Accident somehow continually manages to cohere into a sound that’s unmistakably its own.
The 10-track Fades kicks off with “Done,” a mini motorik masterpiece that your Stereolab-loving older sister will be singing along with at the gym. Jones calls “Done” the “most kraut-poppy song on the record. It’s great to jog in place to—or jazzercise. And the dual trombone/mouthbone solo equals the dorkiest moment on the album.”
We music dorks couldn’t agree more, so we’re proud to premiere “Done” today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out now, and catch Cheer-Accident on tour (dates below).
5/21 – Midland, TX, The Scorpions Nest
5/22 – Albuqurque, NM, TBA
5/23 – Tucson, AR, TBA
5/24 – Los Angeles, Hi Hat
5/25 – Sacramento, CA, Blue Lamp
5/26 – San Francisco, Cafe Du Nord
5/27 – Santa Cruz, CA, Crepe Place
5/31 – Petrolia, CA, Mattole Valley Community Center
6/1 – Portland, Mississippi Studios
6/2 – Seattle, Columbia City Theater (Seaprog Festival)
6/4 – Salt Lake City, Metro
6/5 – Denver, Larimer
6/6 – Kansas City, MO. Record Bar
6/7 – Minneapolis, 7th Street Entry
6/8 – Madison, WI. The Frequency
6/9 – Chicago, Beat Kitchen