Paris’ CHEERS will put you in a hypnotic daze you won’t want to leave. The music carries mystified, layered vocals which are swirled around by spaced-out synths, fuzzy guitars, and trippy downbeats. Being fans of vibrant-pop psychedelicness, we fled to CHEERS like a duck to water. So we spoke with the hilarious and clever band about constipated Nazi dance robots, touring the shit out of the world, and eating humans!
AMBY: Who are Cheers? Introduce yourselves!
CHEERS: Hi, we are Cheers, kind of a noise-pop band we guess. We are basically four kids from 17 to 21 doing music with guitars, bass, drums, synths and seas of stomp boxes. And we are from Paris, which is not a crucial information, but still. We are broz since our very childhood, and we like burgers, football and video games.
AMBY: How would you describe Cheers’ sound in five words?
CHEERS: Pop, noise, acid, spooky and even weird. It’s a hard one, but that will do. We have a deep pop root, and strong tendencies to mess it up with big distortions, fuzzes, delays…
AMBY: What does the band have planned for this year?
CHEERS: TOUR AND RECORD AND TOUR AND RECORD! Seriously, it’s practically all we dream of. We started to build our own studio in our parents house, and we’re working on a bunch of songs, with a really unusual writing process for us. Back in the days, in 2008, songs often started on a guitar-voice basis. Now, we’re a bit more into jams, experimentations… it can all start with a random bass line, a drum beat… we kind of broke our own rules really.
Back to our plans, we’re working on two distinctive projects. It’s schizophrenic really. In one hand, we initiated a series of home recorded sessions, for the laugh. Invitation and Deer! Gate! are from those. It will end with an EP, with drum machines, synths, samples, and anything we could experiment. And in the other hand, we’re working on our first well produced material. We’re still sharping the songs, searching good people to work with on it and an awesome studio to head in. We are really excited about that.
Beside that, we just want to tour the sh*t out of the world! It’s half of the fun really. Doing gig, meeting people, playing with friends. We might come over London this year, we are excited about that too.
AMBY: Which song would you love to cover?
CHEERS: A good cover of Peter and the Wolf main theme would be ace.
AMBY: I’m loving Invitation. What’s the story behind the song?
CHEERS: It all started with a happy accident in our studio. That drum beat you can hear all along the tune was a gift from the universe. We have that Farfisa, a keyboard featuring a drum machine, on which we plugged an echo unit. We just turned the keyboard on one day, and the beat just popped up, out of the blue. The drum machine was already activated, and the random beat added to the random setting of the echo unit just gave us that groovy rythm, that we recorded non stop for about 5 minutes, with messy feedback variations at the very end. A real gift from the holy dude above us. Cheers pal.
Also, the lyrics were inspired by that Lars Von Trier movie, Melancholia. Not the movie itself, but the theme, like the really slow imminence of total destruction, lived as a collective-but-still-very-personnal thing. Really inspiring theme, thanks Lars. We literally owe this song to Lars and the Holy Dude. Which is also a nice band name.
AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?
CHEERS: Blue Monday by New Order. It’s just a torture. No one should have to dance to it. It sounds like a constipated nazi dance robot.
AMBY: If you could be any character in fiction, whom would it be?
Paul: God (take that, religious people)
Hugo: Ron Weasley, cause finally he got Emma
Gaspard: Hank Moody
Eliot: Richard Castle !
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
CHEERS: Bands and people like Earl Sweatshirts, Pavement, Deerhunter, Tame Impala, DIIV, Wavves or Yuck really enlightened our 2012 days. And they still do.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
CHEERS: Gaspard’s driving license! None of us has it, so it’s going to be quite a revolution. And new Deerhunter/Earl Sweat/Arctic Monkeys/Black Angels/Wavves/Horrors/Qotsa records. And “les Eurockéenes de Belfort”, best festival ever. And GTA V god damn it. A really nice year coming. And Tame Impala at the Olympia also. Yeah it’s going to be epic.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Cheers that nobody knows yet?
CHEERS: We eat humans.