New York five piece Cheena bring a truly American rock ‘n’ roll sound to the table on their debut album, Spend The Night With….They cook up a glam-tinged sound that falls somewhere between Kiss and the New York Dolls that is also likely to please fans of Royal Trux. On Sacred Bones.
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Look at these dang punks. Leaning on a slab of concrete. Reclining, if you will, in the dark of night. Yep, Cheena are a right bunch of whippersnappers; when they’re not on your darn lawn they play in garage bands like Hank Wood & the Hammerheads and hardcore outfits like Crazy Spirit. The missing piece of the puzzle is of course Margaret Chardiet, who raises eyebrows by ditching the distressing power electronics of Pharmakon to thrash along in this here throwback band. I guess you could call Cheena a directionless supergroup; they can’t really pool together their musical resources, ‘cos it’d be a mess. Instead they just play funtime punk music they all happen to enjoy.
‘Spend the Night With…’ is scuzzily recorded but quite affectionately pored over; listening to “Cry for Help” you can hear handclaps, covered over by the lo-fi production, keeping the energy high while the listener wades through the muk. “Car” sounds directionless in its verses, which just list and list and list upon a deadend melody -- but the chorus becomes communal, those twanging psych riffs combining with an effective one-line mantra. “Electric Snoopy Gang” tries its best to involve the whole band on a very Johnny Thunders kinda ballad, its opening bassline acting as a train for each player to bundle onto -- acoustic guitars, sloppy drums and plenty of howling at the moon bring the band to an emotional crux. Isn’t it lovely?
Isn’t it grubby? There’s something appealing about a band making a very nice guitar record and then ensuring you never quite hear it right. “Tarzan” is so full of slick string bends and twanging abstractions -- not to mention its actually good riffs -- that you get lost trying to follow it around. Trust in Sacred Bones for the burped punk history lesson.
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